Every semester, Ateneo students face the blues of long lines and pursuing the classes and the professors of choice. Fortunately, numerous blessings abound for those who set their sights on the principle of abundance. Some of these blessings fall under the category of financial aid.
While the Ateneo offers several kinds of scholarships, I’ll be focusing on one specific scholarship that science geeks may wish to take advantage of: the ADMU Academic Science Scholarship.
The Details in a Nutshell
1. Background: The gracious staff at the Office of Admission and Aid told me that it is properly referred to as “academic scholarship instead of “academic science scholarship.” Regardless of how you choose to call it, however, it’s still open to graduates of both Jesuit-run institutions and science high schools.
2. Number of Slots: This is a highly variable number, as the slot count largely depends on the amount of funds available. The best way to find out would be to check with the Office of Admission and Aid (please see below.)
3. Application Process: Applying for the scholarship is as simple as applying for a slot in the Ateneo college. Simply ask for an application form, pay the fee, complete the form and send it in with all the other documents they need. The only real difference is that you’ll need to present additional documents (please see below.)
4. Deadlines: The application process starts in June, so potential scholars need to have all their requirements in by the second week of August.
5. Testing Dates: Don’t worry, there’s no special test for potential scholars. All you have to do is to take the ACET as usual. It usually falls around the middle of August or September.
6. Requirements/Documents: Applicants will need to present the following: the completed application form and exam permit, written certification from their high school principal vouching for their academic standing and five hundred pesos for the fee. After that, register for the ACET and take it. The school will also ask you to sign a contract.
There exists an additional requirement for applicants from science high schools: they must remain true to their calling by pursuing a course subsumed under the School of Science and Engineering. Once a scientist, always a scientist.
Benefits and Responsibilities
Applicants can enjoy total or partial financial assistance depending on their academic title or rank and the amount of funds available to the sponsor. Specifically, valedictorians get one hundred percent of their tuition and other fees waived, while salutatorians get a fifty percent discount on everything.
It’s not a free lunch, however. Scholars need to earn a minimum Quality Point Index of 2.5 for their first academic year and a minimum of 2.75 for their subsequent years. There should be no eyesores like failing grades (F), borderline passing grades (D) or withdrawals without permission.
If there’s anything you need to clarify, getting in touch with the Ateneo staff via phone really helps. Feel free to call them at the 426-6001 trunk line, and then follow the instructions of the recorded voice or press zero to talk to the operator and ask to be connected to the Loyola Schools Office of Admission and Aid.
It doesn’t hurt to drop by the Ateneo campus, either. The admissions office may be found along Kostka Hall, College of Arts and Sciences, Ateneo campus, along Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.