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Philippine College Scholarships: U.P. Government Scholarship

In another article, I mentioned the obligations and privileges involved in the University of the Philippines’ Oblation Scholarship.  The good news is that that scholarship isn’t the only option available for incoming U.P. students.

Since U.P is the state university, it makes sense that the Philippine government also has a means of providing financial assistance for deserving scholars.  Let’s take a closer look at the details of the government’s own scholarship.

The Details, in a Nutshell

1. Background:  We have the government’s Republic Act 5549 to thank for this one.  The government scholarship covers nearly any field, but leans more heavily toward certain courses more than others.

This is because the government has decreed that sixty percent of all scholarships must lie in the following:  public administration and economics, fisheries, forestry, agriculture, engineering and the natural and physical sciences.

2. School:  This scholarship applies to the University of the Philippines.

3. Number of Slots:  This will depend on the actual course that the student is interested in, so we can’t really pin an exact number down.

4. Application Process:  As with the Oblation Scholarship, just file your UPCAT application as normal.  There’s no real need to apply for this as your UPCAT ranking, financial status, and course of choice will determine whether you’ll be eligible for this scholarship or not.  Do well enough and the Office of Scholarships may write you after the UPCAT results have been released.

5. Deadlines:  The U.P. Office of Admissions will begin accepting applications during the months of June and July every year.  The deadline falls somewhere during the month of July.

As to the dates when the powers-that-be will release the listing of selected government scholars, expect the announcements to come around (or prior to) the beginning of the initial semester for every academic year.

6. Testing Info/Dates:  The UPCAT for school year 2010-2011 was held last August 1-2.  The exam is usually held on the first week of August every year.

7. Requirements/Documents:  Besides all the usual UPCAT requirements, the university will need a copy of your parents’ most recent income tax return and a U.P. Health Service-signed health certificate.

Do note that only Filipino citizens may avail of this scholarship.

Benefits, Obligations and Then Some

Should you qualify for a U.P. Government Scholarship, know that you’re entitled to a two-thousand-peso monthly stipend (usually good for ten school months, but you’ll still get the stipend if you’re required to take summer classes) and a semesterly book allowance worth the same amount.  All school fees, except for the student fee, are automatically waived.

These don’t come for free, though.  The university will expect you to maintain a GWA of at least 2.5 per academic year.  That means no eyesores like 4.0s, 5.0s or Incompletes.  You must also fulfill non-academic requirements (E.g. CMT, P.E.) within the first three years of your student tenure and avoid doing anything that merits disciplinary action.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, you cannot have both this and the Oblation Scholarship running at the same time.

Personal Contact

If there’s anything you need to clear up, feel free to approach the nice folks at the U.P. OSSS (Office of Scholarships and Student Services).  The office is located at room 302, Vinzon’s Hall, University of the Philippines campus, Diliman, Quezon City.

Alternatively, you may also reach them via phone or fax at (02) 928-7228 (look for Mr. Aris), or via e-mail at or


While every effort has been made to keep this website accurate and updated, makes no guarantees about the veracity and accuracy of the information it provides. has been established to provide students and their parents an additional source of timely and relevant information.  It is not meant to serve as nor claim to be a replacement for the information portals of universities, schools, government agencies, private organizations, and any other entities we may have used as references.

Please be advised. Thank you.

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8 thoughts on “Philippine College Scholarships: U.P. Government Scholarship

  1. paano po ba makakuha ng scholarship sa university of the Philippines sa cebu? sana po mabigyan po ako ng pagkakataon na makapagcollege.isa po akong fourth year student

  2. I am a Hotel and restaurant management but i already stopped because of financial problem and i really want to continue my study. i hope i can get a scholarship to continue. please help me to pursue my dreams.

  3. I am a 2nd year student studying in a SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL (under CHED) in the other town. I do not belong to a poor family nor a very wealthy family. I am just a little dreamer who is trying to help my parents in my own little ways. I want to fulfill my dreams without spending much many but spending with lotsof efforts and hardships.

  4. Pangarap ko po mkapagtapos ng kolehiyo pero wla po kmi sapat na pera panggastos sa pag-aaral ko.Sana po ay matulungan niyo po ako mkapag-aral at para po matulungan ko ang aking ina at mga anak ko.24 yrs old na po ako at may dalawang anak mahirap lang po kmi. Gustong-gusto ko po tlga mkapg-aral.Sana po ay tulungan niyo po ako mkapg-aral sa kolehiyo. Eto po ang aking e-mail .Maraming salamat..god bless!

  5. As i read this, i was so excited, wish someone out there who have a good heart will help me finish my schooling in college, i have one more year to graduate my education course..please help me…im a single can reach me at…0908 55 0379 or email me….lucenanaim2002 [at] yahoo [dot] com…thanks in advance…wish there will offers like study now pay later for people like me, who is very much willing to go back to school though im 29 now…thanks

  6. gina ando,to whom it my concern,im just read your website and i saw tha ads that you have scholarship program.and im interested to apply and i think im qualified.

    ako po ay high school graduate since 2009 and after now hindi pa po ako nkapag aral dahil po wla kaming sapat na pera para sa pag aaral ko,gsto ko pong ma2pad ang mga ambisyon ko sa buhay para matulongan ko po ang family ko sana po kayo ang ksagutan ng ambisyon ko.hindi po ako po ako matalino at d rin bubo.sana po matulongan nyo ako

  7. To Whom It May Concern,

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    I am a High School Graduate in one of the Public schools here in Laspinas City Metro Manila Philippines. I graduated as an 3rd Honorable mention out of 987 graduates with a General Average of 88%. But unfortunately after my high school my family can’t support me for my expenses for college due to our financial crisis. Education is very important for me because I believe that this is the only way to attain all my Ambitions, Goals and Dreams in life and to fulfill my family’s needs. I Knew you already help numbers of people, you let them live with Hope and you make their dreams real and I am Heartily hoping I’ll be one of those Lucky one.

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