It’s not everyday that a scholarship grant offers you certain “choices.” I placed the word within quotation marks because I was referring to a certain scholarship for financially challenged Filipino Youths—a three-in-one grant by Kabataang-Pilipino, Inc. (KPI)
The catch is that you don’t really choose the aspect of the grant as you would normally a college course. The part of the grant that you’ll be applying for will depend on whether you’re a gifted artist, a handicapped person, or someone who simply needs financial assistance to assist you in your academic pursuits. Read on to understand what I mean.
There are three “sub-scholarships” classified under the main KPI grant, and each one caters to a different kind of applicant. This article will tackle the one specifically designed for the more artistically inclined: the KPI Art Scholarship.
The art scholarship is usually awarded to grade school, high school or college level students of any Filipino public or private school who possess talent in any artistic field: performing, visual, sculpture, written and what not. Specifically, these include skills such as (but are not limited to) the following:
- singing and dancing
- making music
- drawing and painting
- writing poetry and prose
The general intangible requirements for any KPI scholarship are pretty simple:
- Applicants must be motivated enough to see their education through to the end.
- They must believe in education as the key to the country’s development.
- Their annual family income must be less than P100,000.
- They must not have an immediate relative who has been a former recipient of a KPI scholarship.
Besides these, the art scholarship has its own special set of requirements. Applicants whose forte lies in the performing arts will need to set a meeting with the KPI Screening Committee to demonstrate their talent in their particular field. Students whose talents lean toward other areas must submit samples of their work to the same committee for assessment. Please note that these samples, once submitted, will become KPI property.
3. Necessary Documents:
Besides the aforementioned samples, KPI will also ask applicants for the following:
- an Income Tax Return (BIR-validated) or any other proof of income that was certified or issued by the applicant’s barangay of residence
- a handwritten Letter of Request for Scholarship (in English or the vernacular, though the former is preferred) addressed to the Kabataang Pilipino Board of Trustees
- certificate of residency and good moral character from the barangay of residence and any two of the applicant’s past instructors (or any alternative and verifiable character references)
- the formal Kabataang Pilipino Covenant of Partnership, a contract signed by both KPI and the grantee’s parents or legal guardian(s). (This will only be submitted if the committee has already selected the applicant.)
- the completed application form
4. Schedule and Procedure:
The general annual application schedule goes something like this:
April 01 to April 30 of each calendar year is reserved for high school and college student (first term) applications. The latter may also apply from October 1 to 31 of the calendar year for their second semester term.
In the event that the college students are working with trimesters instead of semesters, they may apply a month before the beginning of each trimester. Vocational students have no restrictions, whatsoever—they may apply all year round.
The application process itself is extremely straightforward. All anyone needs to do is to mail in (or e-mail) the documents described above to: Kabataang-Filipino, Inc., Block 80, Lot 6, N. Aquino Street, Barangay Laram, San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines 4023.
Benefits differ depending on the educational level of the student and the amount of funds available to KPI. For instance, the most recent figures place the benefits at 4000 pesos per year for elementary students.
7000 pesos goes to high school students per year, while vocational students get 4000 pesos per course. College students whose schools work by semester get 5000 pesos per semester, while those with trimesters get 4000 per trimester.
These amounts detailed above may be used as tuition subsidies, miscellaneous school fees or allowances. KPI will also require scholars to apply for a personal Banco de Oro cash card, as the money will be credited directly to that card.
Scholars will need to do a number of things to maintain their scholarship. First of all, KPI will expect them to promptly turn in true copies (or photocopies backed by original copies) of their report cards. These should be submitted within a week from the grading period (for elementary and secondary school students), semester or trimester (for vocational and college pupils). The KPI scholarship coordinators will certify these.
Of course, the grades they submit must be worth looking at to begin with—that means no failing final grades in any subject (covered by the grant) for every grading period—semester, trimester and what not.
It doesn’t mean they can be borderline grades, either. KPI expects all scholars to maintain a minimum general weighted average of 85% (or its equivalent) for elementary and high school pupils and a minimum of 2.50 (or its equivalent) for vocational and college students.
Be careful, as failure to meet these requirements can either land you in probation status or even terminate your scholarship in worst case scenarios. Besides, scholars are only allowed to be in probation status once a school year, up to three times during their entire academic tenure. Additional instances will cancel the scholarship and its benefits for good.
Finally, all scholars will be asked to attend and participate in various KPI events such as workshops, tours, conventions and other programs designed to broaden their learning experience.
Should you need to get in touch with KPI, you may call them at (+632) 868-8117.or drop them a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. If you’d rather pay a visit to the office of the Executive Director, it’s located at 85 Camia Street, Sto. Rosario Subdivision
Pateros, Metro Manila.