Applications for Sirib scholarships open this summer season

Apr 21, 2016 ...

Within this summer season, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) through the Ilocos Norte Youth Office (INYO) will be accepting applications for Sirib scholarships.

This will be to have a ready list of scholars in time for the opening of classes at the only state university in the province, Mariano Marcos State University, this coming August.

INYO, formerly known as the Sirib Youth Office (SYO), offers three different scholarships: the Sirib Academic, Sirib Young Leaders, and Sirib Community Leaders scholarships.

While the latter provides a fixed stipend every semester for beneficiaries, the former two require a higher maintaining grade average of 2.25 and provide a monthly stipend whilst covering tuition fee, transportation allowance, daily expenses, and board and lodging, if necessary.

Aside from maintaining a grade, chosen scholars will be required to serve 50 hours of community service per semester in order to inculcate in them the spirit of bayanihan and involvement. Many become active members of the Sirib Ilokano Kabataan Association (SIKA), a youth volunteer organization that assists PGIN in the delivering its services.

PGIN so far has shouldered over 3,000 college scholarships, aiming to empower the youth and human capital of Ilocos Norte.

Last month, at a stipend distribution for Sirib scholars, Governor Imee R. Marcos told them, "We are one family indeed that will seek to help you as best we can… The future is in your hands, and in your good hands, the future is safe, secure, and progressive."

by Mizpah Grace Castro



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