BFAR’s fisheries scholars to have free tuition, allowance, incentives
Aspiring fisheries scholars from across the country can now apply for the Fisheries Scholarship Program (FSP) being offered by the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for the School Year (SY) 2020 to 2021.
The scholarship has two program components namely the Fisheries Industry Leader Grant (FILG) for high school graduates who belong to the Top 10 of their graduating class; and the Fisherfolk Children Educational Grant (FCEG) for high school graduates whose parents or legal guardians are registered municipal fisherfolk.
“The scholarship will give these deserving high school graduates the opportunity to pursue their dreams in the field of fisheries in leading state universities,” BFAR National Director Eduardo B. Gongona said.
“This also gives us the assurance that the country will not run out of competent fisheries professionals who will work for the sustainable development and management of the country’s fisheries and aquatic resources,” he added.
Aside from tuition and other school related fees, which will be paid directly to State Universities and Colleges, the future Fisheries scholars will receive a monthly stipend of P4,000.00, a book allowance every semester, and upon near completion of the four-year Fisheries degree, an On-the-Job Training and Thesis Support and Graduation Assistance.
Scholars who will graduate with honors and will top the Fisheries Board Examination will also receive monetary incentives from the DA-BFAR.
The application forms are available in the nearest Municipal Agriculture Office and BFAR regional & fisheries provincial offices, technology farms and stations.