OWWA offers scholarship for OFWs’ beneficiaries to ease the burden of its member-Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in meeting basic needs with their respective families in the country. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) offers “Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP)” for qualified beneficiaries/dependents of OFWs around the world.
As one of its two-fold mandates which is the “delivery of welfare services and benefits to OFWs”, OWWA tries its best to provide different assistance to them and their respective families, whether financially or in another way around.
The said scholarship entitles each qualified OFWs-beneficiary/dependent with financial assistance amounting to up to PHP 30,000.00 per academic semester. The amount will be used in two ways: (1) to pay tuition, laboratory, miscellanies and other matriculation fees; and (2) the rest will be given to the beneficiaries/dependents upon submission of their grades for the covered semester. OWWA pays directly to the school for the tuition fees while the remaining money from the principal amount can only be given to the beneficiaries/dependents at the end of the semester.
Furthermore, the scholarship program is open to all OFWs-beneficiaries/dependents who intend to enroll in any four- to five-year baccalaureate course, in any university across the country, whether in state universities and colleges (SUCs), any Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-accredited institution or in privately-owned tertiary or vocational institutions.
Aside from the EDSP, OWWA has another scholarship program which is the OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (OFW DSP). The latter is also open to poor but deserving students, whose OFWs they are dependent with only earn US$ 400 monthly, and they must enrolled in a four- to five-year baccalaureate or associate degree in any SUC.
Unlike the EDSP recipients that receive PHP 30,000 per semester, OFW DSP recipients only receive PHP 20,000.00 per year. Nonetheless, though lesser in the amount being received compared to the former, the OFW DSP is still helpful in helping them (the students as well as the OFWs) in reaching their dreams, which is to finish their studies for better employment.
By giving such scholarship grants to OFWs-beneficiaries/dependents, it only shows that OWWA, as a government institution concerning the rights and welfare of OFWs, is really serious in achieving or meeting its objectives for the benefits of not only its member-OFWs who are a big help in the country’s economy, but also their respective families who are far away from their sight.