A total of P1,948,300 in stipends and incentives were released to 1,000 Project FREE (Flagships to Reach Educational Excellence) scholars of the Negros Occidental provincial government at the Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City, Friday, July 30.
The scholars who belong to the Batch 2 grantees have already graduated from their post-graduate studies at the University of St. La Salle (USLS)–Bacolod, a press release from the Capitol said.
The Negros Occidental Scholarship Program Division, headed by Karen Dinsay, and Provincial Treasurer’s Office facilitated the activity.
Project FREE is an ongoing scholarship program of the Negros Occidental provincial government that is open to all public elementary and high school teachers in the province who would like to pursue masters or doctorate degrees at the USLS.
It is a partnership between the provincial government, USLS, Department of Education, and Commission on Higher Education, aimed at upgrading the skills of teachers that will redound to the improvement of the scholastic performance of schoolchildren, the press release said.
Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said that he hopes that the scholarship program has helped improve the teaching skills of the teacher-scholars for the benefit of more students.
Negros Occidental has 2,756 Project Free graduates, he said.
There are also 1,150 Project FREE scholars currently enrolled at USLS belonging to Batch 3 of the scholarship grantees.
Strict health and safety protocols were enforced during Friday’s activity.*