Mayor Sara, 5 schools ink deal for medicine, law scholarships

MAYOR Sara Duterte-Carpio yesterday inked a memorandum of agreement with different colleges and universities for the expansion of the scholarship program for poor but deserving students who intend to study medicine or law.

The agreement is for the expansion of the medical and legal education under the Education Benefit System Unit (EBSU) of the local government.

There are five schools participating in the program. These are the University of Mindanao, Davao Medical School Foundation, Brokenshire College, Ateneo de Davao University, and Jose Maria College.

In an interview, the mayor said the scholarship includes tuition fee, miscellaneous fee and book allowance of the scholars. “We are hoping to get new lawyers and doctors as graduates that will serve the communities in the city,” Carpio said.

Accordingly, there is no grade requirement needed for the applicants to be qualified for the scholarship.

However, in order for the scholars to maintain the scholarship, they must have no failing grades in the duration of their course.

Carpio said there will be 40 slots for medical schools and 40 slots for law schools.

Under the program, each of the medical student beneficiaries will be given a scholarship grant of around P150,000. Law student beneficiaries will receive a scholarship grant around P58,000. The grants will be given to the beneficiaries per semester.

The mayor said the selection of students will come from the local government. “We will accept recommendations from the partner schools but the final decision will come from the city government,” Carpio said.

The scholarship was initially intended for the Lumads who want to study law or medicine. “Now the local government has expanded the scholarship to include the indigent students,” she said.

Carpio signed Executive Order No. 11, which expands the scholarship coverage to all residents of the city, last April 3.

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