It would seem that the only constant applies to scholarship grants as well. Two cases that come to mind are the President Elpidio Quirino Scholarship Grant and the Secretary Guillermo de Vega Scholarship Grant, both of which are now defunct.
Not to worry, though: The Engineer Demeterio A. Quirino, Jr. Scholarship and the Doctor Teresita U. Quirino Scholarship (henceforth referred to as Demetrio and Teresita, respectively) are still very much around to meet the financial needs of students at the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP).
The Details in a Nutshell
1. Background: Both the Demetrio and Teresita grants could be considered mirror images of each other. The qualifications, requirements and privileges are comparable, with the main difference being the number of slots involved and the courses applicable to each (please see below).
2. School: This scholarship applies to the applicants of any branch of the Technological Institute of the Philippines.
3. Number of Slots: Demetrio offers a total of 36 slots spread out among nine different courses:
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Marine Transportation (Manila only)
- Marine Engineering
- Electronics and Communications Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Sanitary Engineering
Teresita has a more focused scope: only eight students, four from accountancy and four from Education (Quezon City only).
4. Application Process: Simply download the application form here, fill it up and submit it along with the other needed documents to the Office of the Registrar at TIP. The folks there will tell you what to do next.
5. Deadlines: The requirements and documents for either scholarship grant must be in at least one day before the day of the competitive exam. For 2009, the deadliest deadline was April 27 in Demetrio’s case and April 24 in Teresita’s.
6. Testing Info/Dates: The exams are usually held on a Saturday around April. As of the time of this writing, they were held last April 18, 2009 for Demetrio and April 25, 2009 for Teresita.
7. Requirements/Documents: Qualifying for either scholarship is tricky. You need to belong to the top 20 graduates of your high school batch (duly certified by your principal). You must also boast a minimum General Average of 85% in your high school senior year, with no eyesores lower than 83 in any subject. Avoid taking any course in college before you proceed with TIP’s exam, too.
Besides having those, TIP will also ask you for a couple of pictures of your mug (2 x 2 size), certification of your ranking and a certified copy of your grades or a copy of Form 138 (your high school report card).
Benefits and Obligations
The two grants are virtually identical in terms of benefits. You’ll be automatically excused from paying all fees during your academic tenure. What’s more, you’ll also enjoy the use of free textbooks, a couple of free school uniforms and one P.E. uniform (each being one-time gifts) and a 15,000 peso stipend per semester.
It’s not all fun and games, though. Make sure to maintain a minimum GPA of 1.75 (with nothing lower than 2.25 in any subject) every semester and behave or else you’ll forfeit these privileges.
It’s natural to have questions about these two scholarship grants. Don’t just keep them to yourself—direct them toward the nice folks at the university. You’ll find the Manila campus at 363 P. Casal Street and 1338 Arlegui Street, both along Quiapo. Likewise, the Quezon City campus is located along 938 Aurora Boulevard, Cubao.
If you’d rather get in touch with them by phone, call the TIP Manila at 733-9117, 736-2580 or 736-4208 and TIP Quezon City at 911-0148, 911-7199, 911-0140, 911-0964 or 9121539.