Student athletes to get scholarship

To further provide educational opportunities to Ilocano youth, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) will offer ‘Sirib’ scholarship to deserving athletes starting school year 2017-2018.

Through the approved Provincial Ordinance No. 005-2016 sponsored by Senior Sangguniang Panglalawigan Member Matthew Marcos Manotoc, some 50 athletes will be added to the new list of PGIN’s scholarship program beneficiaries.

“(We’re) happy, (that we will be able to) provide another scholarship grants to our youth not only in academic or community-oriented but also in sports. So I hope it (will) encourage more youth to shine in sports and become scholars,” Manotoc said.

Under the program, underprivileged yet deserving youth athletes will be able to continue their studies until they finish college while enhancing their skills and talents in their respective fields.

Elementary and high school scholars will be given P6,000 per school year while college scholars will receive P31,300 for two semesters.

Beneficiaries will be chosen based on their athletic performances, need for financial assistance, and willingness to finish studies.

Board Member Manotoc added that out-of-school youth are also encouraged to avail of the scholarship program.

Each beneficiary must maintain at least 80% average without failing grades. He or she must also render at least 30 hours of community service to the province.

Next year, the first province-wide summer youth sports program will be held in order to promote overall wellness,  and encourage Ilocano youth to start playing sports and become active (as well as) discover potential beneficiaries of the ‘Sirib’ athletic scholarship, said Manotoc. (Jennifer T. Pambid, PGIN-CMO)