Not everyone who enters college chooses to pursue a business course. The geekier among us may opt focus on our strengths and capitalize on technological know-how instead. Perhaps you yourself wish to major in a technology-related field, yet you’re not sure how you’re going to pay for quality education.
Like any good school, the Technology University of the Philippines (TUP) has its own system for providing financial assistance to deserving students. Let’s take a look at what it has to offer.
The Details in a Nutshell
1. Background: TUP basically provides financial assistance to university students who need the cash to continue and complete their education. This aid comes from both the institution itself and private sponsors.
2. Number of Slots: The number of slots tends to vary depending on the whim of the sponsor, so it’s really difficult to pin down an exact number. According to the staff of the Office of Student Affairs, the smallest number so far has been around five to ten slots.
3. Application Process: Applying is as simple as visiting TUP’s Office of Student Affairs and informing them of your intentions. Applicants will need to undergo some preliminary screening (read: testing, possibly interviews and panel discussions) under the watchful eye of the Faculty-in-Charge of Scholarship.
From thereon, it’s out of your hands. The Dean of Student Affairs will note the qualified students and recommends them to the President, who will approve of the scholarships for the said students under the Institutionally Funded. Where Private Funded Grants are concerned, it’s the Chairman or President of the agency acting as sponsor who accepts and approves of the final list of applicants.
4. Deadlines: TUP usually announces the call for scholars by the last week of April, so the deadline for the submission of all requirements falls around mid-July.
5. Preliminary Screening Dates: The dates for the screening are usually scattered across the months of November to May of the succeeding year. The schedule varies depending on the sponsors, so kindly check with the Office of Student Affairs for updates (please see below).
6. Requirements/Documents: To qualify for the grants, applicants must be TUP students assuming the normal academic workload at the time. They must also possess a minimum average of 2.0 (degree courses) or 2.5 (non-degree courses). Furthermore, they must neither be truants (no instances of disciplinary action) nor recipients of similar scholarships.
The required documents differ depending on your status and standing as a student and an applicant. Incoming honor students need to provide certification of their rank as salutatorian or valedictorian.
Dependents of barangay officials or recipients of Barangay Grants must present an affidavit of support certification of the relevant official’s Oath of Office (Mayor and DILG). Likewise, Sanggunian Kabataan members will be asked for the same Oath of Office certification.
And then there’s the paperwork required from all new students: two ID pictures (1 and half inch size); birth certificate; photocopy of the income tax return of the parent, guardian or official; certification of the applicant’s good moral character and a photocopy of the student’s high school card.
TUP veterans, however, only need to turn in the ID pictures and the income tax return photocopy, plus the original copy or photocopy of their class cards or checklist. Please note that private sponsors may set forth additional requirements not listed here.
Benefits and Responsibilities
Like the number of slots and the schedule, the list of scholar’s benefits and obligations varies depending on the sponsor involved. For example, some sponsors require a minimum semestral average of 2.5, others ask for 2.0. Some sponsors will only give the scholar a tuition discount, while others will pay off the student’s entire tuition expenses and then some.
Regardless of sponsor, however, scholars must have no failing grade, no dropped classes and no disciplinary action for bad behavior.
TUP has a plethora of scholarships and grants available for the interested student. If there’s anything you need to ask or clarify about the matter, feel free to call them at 302-7750 to 61. Just ask to be connected to the Student Affairs Office and look for Ms. Rosemary Cruz.
If you‘d rather visit them in person, feel free to drop by the Office of Student Affairs. It’s located within the TUP campus along Ayala Boulevard, Ermita, 1000 Manila.