The RMC Board of Directors created a scholarship committee and appointed Councilor Nilo Abellera as its chair. The scholarship committee is tasked to create linkages with government or private entities that can help provide scholarship grants for RMC students. Recently, Councilor Abellera has chosen RMC students as beneficiaries of his scholarship budget. The Scholarship Coordinator was tasked to provide Councilor Abellera with a list of existing scholarship sponsors. One possible move is to cause additional RMC grantees to be added in the roster of these sponsors.
At present the RMC scholarship grants for the tertiary (college) level come from these government programs and offices:
- Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education/Tertiary Education Subsidy (UniFAST/TES),
- Tulong Dunong Program of the Commission of Higher Education (CHED-TDP) in partnership with congressional offices such as Davao’s three congressional districts, PBA Partylist, Dumper Partylist, and the office of Senator Bong Go. RMC also has grantees from CHED-TDP in partnership with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of the City of Davao and Davao’s program for High Priority Bus System (HPBS). HPBS scholarship grant is one of the benefits for public transport drivers who would be affected by the upgrade of Davao City’s transport system that would replace jeepneys with buses.
- CHED PESFA CSP—Commission on Higher Education Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA) CHED Scholarship Program
- Educational Benefit System’s Unit (EBSU) of the Office of the Davao City Mayor.
- The Department of Agriculture Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund – Grant-in-Aid in Higher Education Program (DA ACEF-GIAHEP)—exclusive for our students taking up Bachelor of Agricultural Technology
For our Technical Vocational Department, scholarship grants are provided by TESDA: Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero has also poured out some funds for RMC scholarship grants under the Rizalian Scholarship Program (RSP).
We have students who have scholarship grants from private entities such as the Davao Philcort Foundation, Inc. and the Antonio Floirendo Foundation, Inc.
UniFAST/TES and DA ACEF-GIAHEP offer a P30,000-per semester grant. TDP offers P7,500 per semester. CHED PESFA CSP offer P30,000 per semester for its Full Merit grant and P15,000 for its Half Merit grant.
As for our Integrated Basic Education Department, students receive government vouchers through the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC). Funds come from trust fund Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE).
Our Modified Work and Study Program (MWSP, the one usually referred to as Sunday School) receive grants from Education Service Contracting of the Davao Association Colleges and Schools (Note to Trish: I have yet to confirm this although this was mentioned by Atty Robillo.)