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