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Scholarships for college students in the Philippines

by reynz on April 7, 2013

I went on a google overdrive and fished every scholarship grant information I could find. Hopefully, this would help future college students wanting to find resources to help finance their education. I am not connected with any of these organizations. Should you have any questions, please visit the links provided below, and look for the contact pages.

Let’s face it. Mahirap maging purita. Feel ko yong part na you cannot go to college dahil can’t afford ang parents. You have this so many dreams, pero unang arangkada pa lang talo ka na. So, you find ways to solve the puzzle! Grr! I am a product of a scholarship grant myself (teynks kay titser ms. bio!). Kalbaryo sya noon, heaven naman ako ngayon. Kaya sa mga kagaya ko, prepare – because you’ll have to work twice as hard para lang maka-alpas sa mga kalechehan nang life! But if you’re able to clip all the dramatics and pulverize the obstacles to get to your dreams, mas delicious sya. So, pag otsenta anyos ka na, magka-kape kape na lang with friends, meron ka nang story to contribute.

If you know of any scholarship grant that’s not listed here, do share it with us naman. I’ll try to update this list para makatulong.

Good luck on your search!


SOURCE: The Commission on Higher Education

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) offers three types of financial grants to incoming college students under its Student Financial Assistance Program (StuFAP): Scholarship Program (Full or Half Merit), Grant-in-Aid Program and Student Loan Program.

SOURCE: The National Career Assessment Examination

NCAE 2012 is an aptitude test geared toward providing information through test results for self-assessment, career awareness and career guidance of high school students for their post-secondary courses and application for scholarship. The NCAE test is mandatory and held annually usually in August.

NCAE result is a requirement in college but still recommendatory in nature. There is still no passage of law that makes the NCAE mandatory prior to enrollment in college/university. NCAE results will give the students and the parents an idea on the career path most suited to the graduating students thus, allowing for better decision on their choice of courses. Usually results are releases 3-4 months after the exam.

Per DepEd Order 28-2011, the NCAE, which used to be given to fourth year high school students only, would now be administered as well to third year high school students, both in public and private secondary schools. If your score is 98% of higher, you might be eligible for a scholarship.

Links to the news:
1.) College scholarships await over 20,000 top students
2.) National career assessment exam also open to 3rd year students


TAGUDIN, Ilocos Sur, April 5 (PIA) — At least 100 college students now enjoy free education under the local government’s Edukasyon Para iti Amin’ (Education for All) scholarship program.

The town’s scholars are enrolled separately at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University campuses in Bacnotan and Agoo towns and in San Fernando City all of La Union province.

The scholarships were awarded in February DMMSU’s Bacnotan campus through lawyer Benjamin Sapitula, the university president.

Some 477 students of Tagudin were also given scholarship through the Pinoy-Verzosa Scholarship Grant.

The students are currently enrolled at the Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College in the towns of Cervantes, Santiago, Narvacan, Santa Maria, and Tagudin all of Ilocos Sur province.

Providing free education is in line with President Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s program to create economic growth by giving students the opportunity to learn and find employment. (MCA/MNA/PIA1 Ilocos Sur)


SOURCE: Asian Pacific Fund

Information for Student Applicants

The Asian Pacific Fund administers 12 scholarship programs to help undergraduate and graduate students achieve their education goals.

To apply for a scholarship administered by the Asian Pacific Fund, please review the complete eligibility criteria for each scholarship program, and download the application for the program(s) for which you are eligible.

Questions? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.


  • Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship: April 15, 2013
  • Hsiao Memorial Economics Scholarship: May 3, 2013

Please click for detailed information on each scholarship.

SOURCE: Department of Science and Technology

DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship
A. General Criteria of Eligibility:

The applicant must:
– Belong to the upper 5% of the high school graduating class;
– Be a natural-born Filipino citizen;
– Be in good health;
– Be of good moral character; and,
– Be a qualifier of the 2006 S&T Scholarship Examination.

The following are NOT QUALIFIED to apply:
– Those who have earned units in any post-secondary/undergraduate course.
– Those who have taken any DOST-SEI Science and Technology Scholarship Examination.
– Those who have applied for resident/immigrant status in the USA or any other country.


SOURCE: SM Foundation


The SM College Scholarship Program was established by SM Foundation in 1993 to help provide quality education to bright but underprivileged public high school graduates. The program has 1200 college scholars at any time nationwide. The scholars are enrolled in 73 colleges and universities in NCR, Baguio, Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Lucena, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Rizal, Tarlac, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo. To date, 1464 scholars have graduated from the program and many of them are gainfully employed with the SM Group of Companies and other companies here and abroad.

SM Foundation takes pride in its scholars’ achievements. The 2012 batch of graduates composed of 164 scholars yielded 76 who attained Latin Honors and Academic Distinction; 3 Summa cum Laude, 13 Magna cum Laude, 45 Cum Laude, and 15 Academic Distinction.

SMFI-Kabayan Foundation in TOPS Search

In 2011, SMFI signed a MOA with Kabayan Foundation to manage the search for TOPS (Ten Outstanding Public High School Students). There are four awardees for Academic Excellence, four for Leadership Excellence and two for Special Circumstances. The winners receive full college scholarships plus monthly allowance.


SM Foundation also opened its scholarship program to enrolees in Technical-Vocational courses in Punlaan School and Don Bosco, Makati. There are scholars and graduates in this program.


The school building program assists in addressing the lack of classrooms in public elementary and high schools. Since 2002, SMFI has supported the Adopt-a-School Program of the Department of Education. Its lead benefactor, SM Prime Holdings, Inc. through SM Foundation has to date donated 46 school buildings with 114 classrooms. The classroom models are single-storey, two-classroom; single-storey, four-classroom; and two-storey, four classroom. Out of 46 school buildings, 12 resulted from a partnership with Deutsche Ag Manila Branch, Gfk Consulting, Stephen CuUnjieng and Banco De Oro Foundation.


In 2005, SM Foundation partnered with ABS-CBN Foundation to help provide quality education for children enrolled in public elementary schools thru educational TV (ETV). SM Foundation donated ETV infrastructure with teacher training to 60 elementary schools in Dasmariñas Cavite, Batangas City and NCR.

SOURCE: Metrobank College Scholarship Program (CSP)


1995, the College Scholarship Program (CSP) was established by the Metrobank Foundation (MBFI) to give poor and academically qualified students access to quality higher education and encourage them to strive for excellence in both academic and non-academic undertakings as well as hone their talents and skills for greater involvement in socio-civic humanitarian endeavors.  A total of 1,013 scholarship grants have been awarded to college students enrolled in Education, Engineering, Architecture, Science and Business courses from 1995 to 2011.

The Scholarship Programs

Fluor-MBFI Scholarship Program

In 2010, Fluor Daniels, tied up with Metrobank Foundation to provide scholarship grants to second year Engineering students of chosen schools. This is a four-year grant giving a full academic assistance and allowances.

MBFI-Boysen Scholarship Program

In 2004, Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines, Inc., a long-time valued client of Metrobank and market leader in the industry, expressed their intention to provide scholarship grants to deserving college students.  Boysen Paint hopes to further enhance its corporate social responsibility program by providing access to quality higher education. 10 scholarship grants is being given to Architecture students enrolled in University of the Philippines-Diliman and University of Santo Tomas

          For more information please call 898—8898  and look for Yani Alonto.

SOURCE: Originally copied from TxtMania, but I have to delete some of the dead links and updated the rest. I will continue to update the list.

ATENEO-GABAY Scholars’ Organization – envisioned to help the scholars, who are a minority.

Ateneo de Zamboanga – More than 20% of the college students are covered by scholarships. Another 7% of the college students receive help as student assistants.

Ayala Foundation: Scholarship – supports the development of deserving students in fields of experience critical to the Ayala Group of Companies.

CSWCD Scholarships – applicants must be a Filipino Citizen and must have planned his/her course of study in the CSWCD and aspire an undergraduate degree of BSSW/BSCD.

De La Salle University – Manila – University-funded grants are given by the University to assist deserving students who show strong academic capabilities.

Far Eastern University – Several full scholarships donated by alumni are open to qualified high school graduates through competitive examination.

DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholars – The Department of Science and Technology through the Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), continues its mission of producing and developing future Filipino scientists and engineers as it announces the 3,597 high school students who qualify as DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholars starting School Year 2013-2014. This is 7.1% higher than the 3,359 number of qualifiers last year. Moreover, the number of municipalities with qualifiers also increased to 1,107 this year compared to 975 in 2012.

PCHRD: Grants – scholarships and assistance to theses and dissertations.

Foreign Scholarships/Training Program (FSTP) – The Foreign Scholarships/Training Program (FSTP) is a component of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) extended to the Philippines by foreign donor countries, the objective of which is to enhance the capabilities of institutions in accordance with the national development thrusts and strategies

Scholarships – Xavier University – awarded to incoming freshmen who qualify through the scholarship exam and interview.

SSC – In keeping with the school’s thrust for academic excellence, the College awards academic scholarships as well as financial assistance to its students.

University of the Philippines – Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program.

UST – There is a great variety of scholarships available at the University.

Social Security System

You might want to check your nearest SSS Offices and inquire about the Educational Assist Loan Program. The program was created to help it’s members in terms of providing financial support on education. This is not a scholarship. This is a loan program.

There are loans for college degrees as well as vocational courses. SSS sends payment directly to the school.

For more information about this loan, click this link – SSS Educational Loan Program.

The GSIS College Scholarship Program

The GSIS College Scholarship Program for the Academic Year 2013-2014

The GSIS is happy to announce the opening of the GSIS College Scholarship Program. Under the revised guidelines, all active GSIS members with premium payments for the last six (6) months may nominate scholars, provided that:

1.) They are permanent employees in the government, who are regular GSIS members at the time of application, with at least three (3) years of service
2.) They are at SG 24 or below or its equivalent job level; and
3.) They have incoming college freshmen-dependents who were accepted in a Higher Education Institution (HEI) with its own charter or a school qualified by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Levels IV and III, Autonomous or Deregulated.

Only applications with complete requirements will be evaluated and processed.

Application period: 11 March to 31 May 2013 (extended)

Downloadable forms

Please note, most colleges and universities offer scholarship programs. I won’t update this list. It would be better for you to check said schools.