Nely T. dela Cruz, BFAR Region 02 Scholarship Coordinator said their central office increased the available slots for every region to accommodate more high school graduates and fourth year high school students who will be appluying for college scholarship leading to a bachelors degree in Fisheries.
Dela Cruz said applicants for the scholarship must be sons / daughters of bonafide small-scale fisherfolk, not more than 20 years old, have a weighted average of not lower than 80 per cent, familys annual income is not more than Php 25,000.00, and whose parent is a member of any fishing association / cooperative.
Applicants should also be residents of the municipality where they come from for the past four years.
Application forms are available at the regional office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources here or at any of its fish farms in the region. The forms can also be downloaded thru the BFAR RO2 website:
Each applicant must submit duly accomplished forms with ID picture, together with xerox copies of transcript of records (Form 137), report card (Form 138), birth certificate, income tax return, and original copy of residents certificate and certification of fishing association / cooperative membership must be submitted to BFAR on or before 25 August, 2011.
The certificate of fishing association / cooperative membership must be duly attested by the chairman or secretary of the association.
Scholarship entitlement include free matriculation and other fees, monthly stipend of Php 2,500.00, semestral book allowance of Php 2,000.00, thesis support of Php 3,000.00 and graduation support of Php 500.00.
Dela Cruz said that qualified applicants will be invited to take the qualifying examination scheduled 17 September, 2011 at BFAR RO2, Carig, Tuguegarao City. Scholarship grantees are allowed to enroll either at Cagayan State University Aparri or Isabela State University Roxas which are the only universities in region 02 offering BS Fisheries course.
Fisheries is a niche course that our youth can take advantage of, given the fact that our countrys water area is seven times larger compared to our land area. Aquaculture on the other hand, has been on continuous boom for the previous years, BFAR RO2 Regional Director Jovita Ayson said.