llocos Norte gov’t open application for Sirib scholarship grant

LAOAG CITY — Applications for the Sirib(Knowledge) Scholarship courtesy of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) is now open this summer.

In time for the summer season, the Ilocos Norte Youth Office (INYO) under the provincial government announced Friday they were now accepting applications for the Sirib scholarships, one of the three educational grants offered to qualified students to be enrolled at the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), the only state university here.

INYO, formerly known as the Sirib Youth Office (SYO), offers three different scholarships: the Sirib Academic, Sirib Young Leaders, and Sirib Community Leaders scholarships. Each have unique features.

SIRIB community leaders scholarship provides a fixed stipend every semester for beneficiaries while the Sirib academic and young leaders require a higher maintaining grade average of 2.25 and provide a monthly stipend to cover tuition fee, transportation allowance, daily expenses, and board and lodging, if necessary.

Aside from maintaining a grade, chosen scholars will be required to serve 50 hours of community service per semester in order to inculcate in them the spirit of bayanihan and involvement. Many become active members of the Sirib Ilokano Kabataan Association (SIKA), a youth volunteer organization that assists PGIN in the delivering its services.

PGIN so far has shouldered over 3,000 college scholarships, aiming to empower the youth and human capital of Ilocos Norte.

Last month, at a stipend distribution for Sirib scholars, Governor Imee R. Marcos told them, “We are one family indeed that will seek to help you as best we can. The future is in your hands, and in your good hands, the future is safe, secure, and progressive.”PNA/northboundasia.com