GSIS-STI Grants, a joint project of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and leading ICT and ICT-enhanced provider STI, has given this first semester of school-year 2009-2010 more than P500, 000 in partial scholarship grants to 184 students semester.
The tie-up, which piloted in May 2009, offers a 20-percent scholarship grant in tuition and laboratory fees to all qualified relatives of GSIS members and pensioners if they enroll as incoming freshmen in any STI campus nationwide.
The same educational benefit is also offered to all GSIS members.
To avail of the partial scholarship grant, GSIS members and qualified relatives need to present to STI the GSIS eCard Plus, subject to verification.
"We are happy that we helped more than 100 students pursue their college education and become scholars of STI. They can continue being so until they graduate if they continue to do well in school," GSIS President and General Manager Winston F. Garcia said.
GSIS members and qualified relatives can continue to benefit from the 20 percent scholarship grant in the succeeding semesters until they have graduated from their chosen field, provided that they
continue to meet the required standards and qualifications of the STI Scholarship Guidelines. STI scholars are required to maintain a General Weighted Average (GWA) of at least 2.25 or its equivalent of 83 percent to 85 percent with no grades lower than 2.5.
In addition, scholars should not obtain a failing grade or absence without official leave (AWOL) in any subject; must not be dismissed, warned or held on probation due to scholastic delinquency; should not have any disciplinary offense, and must take a full load course for each semester as prescribed in the STI curriculum, excluding the National Service Training Program.
Apart from the partial scholarship grant, GSIS-STI Grants also offers job assistance through Global Resource for Outsourced Workers, Inc. (GROW).
GROW, a POEA-licensed placement company, and a member of the STI Education Services Group, will provide assistance in securing employment for members and qualified relatives of GSIS who have successfully graduated from their courses in their chosen STI schools.
"We want nothing more but to provide quality education to our children and job opportunities when they graduate from college. Now, our members, pensioners, and their dependents, are assured of that dream, with the help of GSIS-STI Grants," Mr. Garcia said.
STI has a network of more than 100 campuses nationwide with academic programs in ICT, Business and Management, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Engineering and Healthcare.
Of the 184 students that availed of GSIS-STI Grants, 51 enrolled in various STI College campuses in Metro Manila, 27 in Northern Luzon, 37 in Southern Luzon, 26 in Visayas, and 43 in Mindanao.
These campuses include STI College Caloocan, STI College Fairview, STI College Makati, STI San Jose, Nueva Ecija, STI College Tugegarao, STI Naga, STI Antique, STI College Ormoc, STI College Cotabato, and STI College General Santos, among others.
"We are looking forward to giving more educational assistance to more qualified relatives of our members and pensioners. We are also happy that we have found a good partner to do this," Mr. Garcia added.