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Philippine College Scholarships: Presidential Scholarship and Leadership Grants of the University of the Philippines

When you think of the Association of South East Asian Nations, what usually comes to mind?  Policies?  Economic progress?  Peaceful discussions?  All of these are right and true, yes it’s easy to forget that the ASEAN also stands for social and cultural development as well.

In fact, what better way to celebrate the latter than by having the nationals of ASEAN member countries enjoy special academic privileges?  Enter the Presidential Scholarship and Leadership Grants of the University of the Philippines.

The Details in a Nutshell

1.  Background:  Since the Philippines is an ASEAN member, it’s only fitting that the state university offer these two interesting scholarship grants to prospective students of any degree program.  The two scholarships differ in terms of benefits, educational level offerings and GWA criteria, as you will see below.

2.  School:  This scholarship applies to the University of the Philippines and its constituent institutions.

3.  Number of Slots:  This one will depend on which grant you’re getting and which educational level you’re talking about.  For instance, the Presidential Scholarship Grant has 145 slots for undergraduate students only (It’s currently not being offered for the M.A. and PhD levels).  The Presidential Leadership Grant has only ten slots for undergrads and three slots for masteral students.

4.  Application Process:  Applying is as simple as getting your application form from the Office of Scholarships and Student Services, filling it up and sending it in along with the necessary documents (see below).  From thereon, it’s up to the University Committee on Scholarships and Financial Assistance to choose who makes the list based on several factors (region, financial status, course, GWA, etc.).

5.  Deadlines:  All deadlines for the regular UPCAT application apply.  The university usually begins advertising the availability of grant slots and accepting applications as early as February of the school year.  The deadline for submission of all requirements tends to fall around April 30 of that same year.

6.  Testing Info/Dates:  As with the U.P. Oblation and Government Scholarships, the same UPCAT dates apply.  That is, the UPCAT is held during the first week of August every year.  For more info, please consult this website.

7.  Requirements/Documents:  The University will need your transcript of academic records, your parents’ income tax letter and an affidavit of support from your parent or guardian vouching for your good moral character.

Benefits, Obligations and Then Some

Power has its price; grants have theirs as well.  Recipients of the Presidential Scholarship Grant must start off with a GWA of at least 1.75 and maintain at least a 2.0 GWA all throughout their academic tenure.  Leadership Grant recipients are given a tad more leeway:  they need to start off with a GWA of 2.75 and maintain that all the way through.

The good news is that recipients of both grants will have all school fees waived (again, except for the student fund) for their trouble.  They’ll also enjoy monthly stipends (2000 pesos for both) and allowances on their books (2500 pesos per semester for Presidential Scholarship, 3500 pesos per semester for Leadership), theses (5000 pesos) and dissertations (10,000 pesos).

Personal Contact

It’s especially important that you ask for the latest updates regarding these two grants, as the details tend to change with the passing of time.  Feel free to approach the helpful folks at the U.P. Office of Scholarships and Student Services.  The office is located at room 302, Vinzon’s Hall, University of the Philippines campus, Diliman, Quezon City.

You may also reach them via phone or fax at (02) 928-7228 (look for Mr. Aris), or via e-mail at or [email protected].

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8 thoughts on “Philippine College Scholarships: Presidential Scholarship and Leadership Grants of the University of the Philippines

  1. Hi po! incoming fourth year student palang po ako sa high school .but sad to say na hindi pa ako sure na makapag-aral for next year .. i really want to pursue my studies .. can u sponsor me? if yes, it would be a great help for me and to my family .. thanks po .. i hope for your positive response .. God Bless!! :)

  2. magandang gabi po. Gusto ko po sana maka avail ng scholarship para sa pag-aaral ko po. Hindi ko po gustong maging burden sa family ko. Since engineering po yung course ko nagdecide po yung family ko na sa private school na lg. Six years po yun at kung sariling pera lg po ng parents ko, hindi po talaga ako makapagtapos. Please help me po. maraming maraming salamat po. God bless

  3. Gusto ko po makatapos ng pag-aaral sana po matulongan nyo po ako. Salamat po paki email nlang po dto sa email add. na to kung pdi po ako maka pag apply sa sholarship program nyo po salamat po ng marami. GOD BLESSD U ALL sa lahat po ng bumobuo ng schorarship program na ito godblessd.

  4. Hi, GooD News to everyone. I just want to suggest another college scholarship. LA VERDAD CHRISTIAN COLLEGE in Caloocan City is offering a SCHOLARSHIP GRANT with FREE TUITION & MISCELLANEOUS FEE. FREE BOOKS & MANUALS. FREE UNIFORM & FREE LUNCH. This is for elementary, high school & college education. Just email or contact 0917-8572460 or 0922-8450115. Or just go to UNTV to inquire for the scholarship.
    I would like to share this because i want to help those who are really determined to be able to finish their college studies.
    Thank you and hope you would take this opportunity.
    Additional info: their elementary & high school & also college is in Pampanga. But they have a branch in Caloocan City (for college level only, I think). Just contact their email or number for more info.

    • gusto ko sanang mkapgenroll ang pinsan ko .. kasalukuyan siyang naghahanap ng trabaho .. ayoko sanang huminto sya sa pagaaral dahil lang sa kakuangan sa pera.. avaiable p ba ang scholarship na yan..?taga dito kami sa san jose del monte, bulacan. malapit sa malaria caloocan..inaasahan ko ang inyong tugon..maraming salamat po..

  5. I am a first year student of ateneo de zamboanga university.. i really need help in paying my miscellaneous and other fees. I’m an academic scholar in the school because i graduated valedictorian when i was in highschool. I hope there’s a scholarship that can help me. my dad has no job and my mom bakes cakes and the income is not enough.
    i hope and pray for a scholarship.thank you so much.
    God bless you.

  6. I wish to apply for my sister’s education, she just graduated from highschool last Marc 2010 but I was not able to send her to college this school year because I just lost my job. I wish you could help me.. Thank you very much!

    • We’re sorry to hear that. Hope things get better soon. In any case, we hope you’ll find a suitable scholarship for your sister. Please read all the scholarship posts in this site. That should help. We have also provided the contact info for these scholarships’ administrators so, if you find a suitable scholarship, you (or your sister) should immediately contact the persons in charge to apply for a slot. God bless!

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