MIAGAO, Iloilo – Some 119 incoming first year college students from various secondary high schools in the Municipality of Miagao hope to become scholars under the Miagao Assistance to College Students (MACS) Program of the Municipality.

On June 15th, the 119 aspirants took the qualifying entrance examination at the Iloilo Science and Technology University where they will be enrolled to various courses.  Of the number, 100 students will be admitted as new grantees for School Year 2019-2010.

MACS Program is a full scholarship grant to tertiary education to poor but deserving and qualified high schools Miagaowanon graduates.  It was implemented after the enactment of Ordinance No. 2013-40, “An Ordinance Establishing a Scholarship Fund for the Municipal Assistance to College Students (MACS) Program and Prescribing Qualifications and Selection Guidelines for Scholars Thereof.”

Hon. Macario Napulan in his message said that literacy and education is among his priority programs as he hopes for the Miagaowanon human resources to become globally competitive.  He also hopes to produce at least one graduate to every economically disadvantage Miagaowanon family and provide opportunities to poor but talented and promising students to carry out their academic pursuits.

Aside from the written examination, the applicants will undergo other screenings to include interview and orientation seminar.  Once admitted, the grantees will enjoy free payment to matriculation and other miscellaneous expenses.  They are also given monthly stipend in the amount of P600.00 to P800.00 depending upon the distance of the grantee’s residence to the school.

Now on its 6th year, the Program has produced 245 graduates from 2015 to 2019. (ABMande)