I never really knew my grandfather on my father’s side too well, but my father did tell me that his father was a miner. Deep down, I wondered what it was like to descend into the bowels of the earth, searching for valuable mineral resources to bring back to the surface.
You may not be a miner by aptitude, but perhaps you are considering a course in mining, geology, metallurgy and related fields. If so, then the Philippines-Australia Resources Education Excellence Program (henceforth referred to as the PAREEP) may be just the right scholarship for you.
1. Background: The PAREEP is actually a study in synergy—it involves different sponsoring companies working in conjunction with the Australian Embassy in Manila. Their goal is simple: to provide financial assistance to deserving students of geology, mining and other related courses.
2. Number of slots: The number of students accepted into the program tends to vary per year, depending on a variety of factors (budget, number of qualified applicants, etc.). There is no real hard and fast quota or limit of applicants to be accepted per year.
3. Qualifications: To be eligible for the PAREEP students must be healthy Filipino citizens enrolled in certain courses in the following academic institutions:
- U.P. Diliman:
- Geology (National Institute of Geological Sciences)
- Mining and Metallurgical Engineering (College of Engineering)
- Mapua Institute of Technology: Geology
- Adamson University
- Mining Engineering
- Cebu Institute of Technology: Mining Engineering
- Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology: Metallurgical Engineering
- University of Southeastern Philippines:
- Mining Engineering
- Environmental Management
- Community Development
In addition to that, applicants must also meet the following criteria:
- They need to be Filipino citizens with good overall health.
- They need to have a minimum general weighted average of 75 (or its equivalent) prior to their application.
- They must have documented proof of their financial need.
- They must not have received any serious disciplinary action.
- They should have no plans and pending applications with respect to migrating to a foreign land and/or working abroad immediately after graduation.
- They cannot already be recipients of other grants at the time of their application.
- They should be willing to abide by a PAREEP Scholarship Agreement between themselves and the sponsoring company.
- At the time of their PAREEP application, potential scholars must also be eligible to take the Philippine Regulatory Commission’s Professional Board/Licensure Exam upon graduating from the program.
4. Documents: Student hopefuls will need to present the following:
- A certified copy of the official university or high school transcript of records OR a true copy of the students’ grades from the previous semester
- A copy of the applicants’ parents’ or legal guardians’ Certificate of Income or Income Tax Return
- An endorsement letter from the students’ current PAREEP partner school (please see the list of participating educational institutions above)
- A recent (taken within the last six months and eligible for follow-up) medical certificate
- A certified copy of the applicants’ birth certificate
- Other valid forms of identification (i.e. passport, personal info pages, etc.)
5. Application: The application process is fairly simple and straightforward. All the students’ need to do is to approach their participating school’s PAREEP contact person and secure both the application form and the aforementioned endorsement letter.
Once they’ve filled up that form, they may submit it and all the other required documents to the PAREEP office (please see the address below), whereupon they’ll be informed of their application’s status and scheduled for an interview.
Privileges and Obligations
Scholars will enjoy having their tuition and other school-related expenses paid for in full, plus a book allowance (5,000 per semester) and partial contribution to living expenses (8,000 per month).
In return, scholars will be asked to maintain a minimum weighted average of 85 (or its equivalent) and have no failing grades or incomplete marks for the entire duration of the program. Their academic performance will be subject to review at the end of every semester or term, the results of which will determine the applicants’ scholarship status for the next semester or term.
In the event that the applicant transfers to another degree program, migrates to another country, refuses to abide by the contract in any way, or abandons the program, then the scholarship grant will be refunded.
Since the PAAREP is an initiative of the Australian Government, it has its own development facility for accepting program-related inquiries. If there’s anything you need to clarify about the program, please send an email to Mark Flores or Dan Ruiz at email@example.com or call them at 02- 6389686.
You may also drop by their office to deliver your documents or to inquire further in person. It’s located at the third floor of the JMT Building, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Complex, Pasig City, Metro Manila.
Mr. Mark Flores, Senior HD Adviser of the Philippines-Australia Human Resource Development Facility
Mr. Dan Ruiz of same facility at ext. 125