Dong’s schol­ars get P2.4-M in schol­ar­ship as­sis­tance

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY IAN OCAMPO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— Some P2.4 mil­lion in schol­ar­ship as­sis­tance was dis­trib­uted over the week­end by Third District Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Aure­lio “Dong” Gon­za­les, Jr. at his district of­fice here.

Some 400 col­lege stu­dents un­der the “Isko­lar Ng Dong Pro­gram” re­ceived their cheques per­son­ally from Gon­zal es.

Gon­za­les as­sured that his schol­ar­ship pro­gram will con­tinue with its no main­tain­ing grade pol­icy and will be pri­or­i­tiz­ing in­di­gent ap­pli­cants as well as those who are chil­dren of farm­ers, peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and in­for­mal sec­tor work­ers.

“I chal­lenge each and ev­ery one of you to con­tinue your pur­suit to fin­ish your stud­ies and have sta­ble jobs. You need to be­lieve in your­self to ac­com­plish this. I for one, will help you through schol­ar­ships. The rest is up to you,” Gon­za­les sai d.

Many stu­dents from the district come from poor fam­i­lies. Only half of those who grad­u­ated from ele­men­tary are ex­pected to reach high school due to eco­nomic

rea­sons and less than a hand­ful are ex­pected to pur­sue col­lege de­grees.

Gon­za­les said that he has in­structed his staff to give due at­ten­tion to stu­dents who would like to pur­sue their ed­u­ca­tion and fin­ish col­lege de­grees. He said that peo­ple who have col­lege de­grees have greater chances of get­ting good em­ploy­ment.

The law­maker’s schol­ar­ship pro­gram is the only one of its kind and scale in the province that takes in schol­ars with­out hav­ing to main­tain a spe­cific grade re­quire­ment.

Cur­rently, Gon­za­les main­tains thou­sands of schol­ars in his district.

“Ed­u­ca­tion is the last­ing in­her­i­tance that I can give to you. Ed­u­ca­tion and the knowl­edge that you get from it can­not be stolen from you. Study well and make your par­ents proud,” Gon­za­les told the benefi ci ar i es.

— Ian Ocampo Flora

WITH SCHOL­ARS. Third District Rep. Aure­lio ‘Dong’Gon­za­les, Jr. stresses a point dur­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion of schol­ar­ship as­sis­tance to schol­ars at his district of­fice in Baranagy Sin­dalan in the City of San Fer­nando.

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