Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said the Office of the Vice President (OVP) will provide scholarship grants to 1090 incoming students of State Colleges and Universities (SCUs) in 2012.

He added that the OVP also has 1,500 slots available for scholarship grants in St. Jude College and 30 slots available in AMA Computer University.

Binay said the OVP aims to assist underprivileged but deserving public and private high school students through the provision of scholarship grants to pursue higher education.

“Hinihikayat ko po ang mga magsisitapos sa high school ngayong taon na ipagpatuloy ang inyong pag-aaral. Handa po ang aming tanggapan na tulungan kayong makapagtapos sa kolehiyo,” he said.

“Para po sa mga gustong mag-aral sa ating mga state colleges and universities, bibigyang priyoridad po natin ang mga kukuha ng mga kursong may kinalaman sa Agriculture, Education, Commerce, Engineering, at Information Technology,” he added.

Last year, the OVP signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Commission on Higher Education and representatives of various SCUs in the country for a scholarship program funded by the OVP.

The study grant program for SCUs, dubbed “The Vice President Grant-in-Aid Program,” will provide educational assistance to 10 scholars for each of the 109 SCUs in the country. The OVP has allocated P10 million under the 2011 Priority Development Assistance Fund for the program.

Under the grant, the OVP will provide P9,000 to each scholar per school year to pay for their tuition fee  and miscellaneous expenses.

Binay added that those who are qualified for scholarship grants in AMA Computer University and St. Jude College will have their tuition fees paid in full.

According to the Vice President, the 2011 Vice President Grant-in-Aid Program was an expansion of the scholarship program he implemented in Makati wherein he gave scholarship grants to the University of the Philippines (UP) to graduates of public high schools in Makati who passed the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT).

Those who are interested to apply for a scholarship grant need to submit a personal letter requesting the Office of the Vice President for a scholarship grant. The letter should contain the contact details of the applicant as well as the preferred school and preferred course. A copy of the applicant’s high school report card should also be attached.