CHED Scholarship Program for Future Statisticians (SPFS) – Application for CHED Scholarship Program for Future Statisticians (SPFS) in CHED-CAR is now online.
In the era of knowledge-based economy, big data, Education 4.0 and 4th Industrial Revolution, the need for data scientists/statisticians has been emphasized. Some countries may have an adequate supply of manpower for this profession, however, for the Philippines, this is not the case. It has been identified as an in- demand occupation, but a hard-to-fill job.
Republic Act (RA) 11315 otherwise known as the “Community-based Monitoring System Act” requires cities, municipalities and provinces to have statistician.
To address the dearth of statisticians in the Philippines and develop human capital for this field, one of the interventions to be implemented by the national government is the provision of a scholarship program to qualified students who will enroll in recognized or authorized Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics programs in Private HEIS (PHEIS) or State Universities and Colleges (SUCS)/Local Universities and Colleges (LUCS).
Its specific objectives are:
1) to provide access by setting fair and clear guidelines in the selection process and ensuring that the scholars are enrolled in recognized or authorized Bachelor of Science in Statistics or Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics programs of PHEIS or SUCS/LUCS with COPC, and;
2) to ensure the effective administration and implementation of the program.
SCOPE AND COVERAGE
The CHED Scholarship Program For Future Statisticians (Estatistikolar) shall cater to all qualified Filipino incoming fourth-year students pursuing Bachelor of Science in Statistics or Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics.
ELIGIBILITY AND DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS FOR CSP
A qualified student may be awarded Full Scholarship or Half Scholarship Program. The Estatistikolar is intended for fourth-year students whose General Weighted Average (GWA) is at least 80% or its equivalent, enrolled in recognized or authorized Bachelor of Science in Statistics or Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics programs of PHEIS or SUCS/LUCS with COPC.
A student must comply with the following criteria to qualify for the scholarship grant:
- Filipino citizen;
- Graduating college students with general weighted average (GWA) of 80% or its equivalent and enrolled in recognized or authorized Bachelor of Science in Statistics or Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics programs in PHEIs, SUCs or LUCs with Certificated of Program Compliance (COPC)
- Combined annual gross income of parents/guardian which does not to exceed Four Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php 400,000.00). In cases where the income exceeds Php 400,000.00, the applicant must present a written certification or medical findings of illness of a family member, or two or more dependents enrolled in college
- Citizenship: Proof of Filipino citizenship such as any government-issued document showing proof of Filipino citizenship, including, but not limited to a certified true copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registry or Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)/Philsys ID
- Academic: Duly Certified true copy of grades for the latest term/semester attended
- Financial: The student applicants shall submit any of the following
• Latest ITR of parents or guardian if employed
• Certificate of Tax Exemption from the BIR
• Certificate of Indigency from their Barangay
• Certificate/Case Study from DSWD
• Latest copy of contract or proof of income for children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and seafarers.
- Additional requirements for priority groups (as applicable): those student-applicants belonging to the underprivileged, orphans, persons with disabilities (PWDs), solo parents and senior citizens, and Indigenous Peoples (IPs), shall submit Certifications and/or Identification Cards (IDs) issued by the appropriate offices or agencies.
GUIDELINES IN THE APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
Application Procedures – The CHED/CHED Regional Office (CHEDRO) and PHEI or SUCS/LUCs, in coordination with other stakeholders, shall advocate and disseminate information on the program, its application and selection process, and the general provisions, through a call for scholarship which shall be issued every academic year subject to the availability of the annual budget for the program.
- Applicant submits the accomplished application form (Annex A) together with the required supporting documents to the CHEDRO where his/her school is located from.
If an application is filed online, the application together with the supporting documents shall be electronically submitted to the CHEDRO concerned in PDF format, subject to further verification against the original documents if necessary; and
An application together with the supporting documents may also be submitted through courier.
- CHEDRO evaluates the application and ranks the qualified applicants;
- CHEDRO sends Notice of Award (NOA) (Annex B) through hard copy or electronic form directly to the qualified applicants;
- Applicant accepts the NOA by affixing his/her signature on the return slip and submits the same to the concerned CHEDRO through hard copy or electronic form within thirty (30) working days from date of receipt of the NOA;
- If the applicant waives the NOA, he/shall write the word “WAIVED” on the return slip and affix his/her signature thereto and return the same or communicate his waiver in writing to the concerned CHEDRO, within the same period prescribed in no 5 hereof.
SELECTION CRITERIA FOR RANKING
The ranking percentage distribution for academic is 70% and financial is 30%, these shall be used by the CHEDROS in selecting the most qualified applicants based on the requirements stated in Article VI hereof. Award of full or half-scholarship will be given to qualified students based on the results of the ranking system and the distribution of slots per region for a given academic year.
Additional five (5) points in the total score are given to applicants belonging to the special group of persons such as the Underprivileged and Homeless Citizens under Republic Act (RA) No. 7279, Persons with Disability (PWDs) under RA No. 7277 as amended, Solo Parents and/or their Dependents under RA 8972, Senior Citizens under RA 9994, and Indigenous Peoples under RA 8371, after complying with all the requirements herein set forth.
The equivalent points assigned in Table 1 and 2 and the sample illustration in Table 3 are to provide a standard reference in the ranking of applicants.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PACKAGE
The financial assistance under this CMO shall cover tuition and other school fees (TOSF) plus stipend and book/connectivity allowance which shall be released directly to the scholars or through HEIs per semester of a given academic year. The breakdown of financial assistance, depending on the type of scholarships awarded, is as follows:
For participating HEls with trimester or quarter system, the total amount of financial assistance stated above shall be distributed proportionately depending on the type of scholarship availed of under this CMO.
DISTRIBUTION OF SLOTS PER REGION
Slots are equitably distributed for regions with HEIS offering Statistics and Applied Statistics Programs.
Unutilized slots per region can be redistributed based on the needs of the other regions.