The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is a branch of the government who, obviously, is responsible for the insurance of government workers. Same as the Social Security System (SSS) who mainly handle companies and employees in the private sector, they also provide benefits for government workers and employees.
In addition to that, the GSIS also has a scholarship which is open for the public. It was just recently that the GSIS opened their scholarship; it’s actually a new program which is a strand of the enhanced GSIS Scholarship Program (GSP) for the School Year 2019 until 2020.
We will be helping you find out more about the GSIS Scholarship—what grants and benefits it has, the requirements, and how people can apply for it. However, before we do so, we need to understand what it can provide potential scholars.
What benefits does the GSIS Scholarship for Academic Year 2019 give?
Since it’s a scholarship, it touches academic purposes, not extra-curricular activities. More so, the scholar will be entitled to acquire the following during the duration of his or her four (4) or five (5) year program/course:
- A monthly allocation of P3, 000.00;
- The actual cost of the both the tuition and the miscellaneous fees which should not exceed a total of P40, 000.00 per academic or school year. This, however, is regardless of the number of terms or semesters and excludes summer classes provided that the program is finished within the regular and normal duration which is generally dictated by the school in that particular program or course.
- A monetary incentive of P20, 000.00 for cum laude, P30, 000.00 for magna cum laude, and P50, 000.0 for summa cum laude.
So, given these benefits and privileges scholars might get, it’s really something students should be looking forward to in the event that they are interested in the subject.
How is a scholar nominated for the GSIS Scholarship for academic year 2019 to 2020?
GSIS members, who have had contributed premium payments for the last six (6) months are able to nominate children or students given the following:
- They have a salary grade (sg) of 24; equivalent to its job level; or below it;
- If they have incoming freshmen for college-dependents who are eligible and/or allowed in taking any four (4) or five (5) year course or other priority courses which is duly identified by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED);
- If there is an endorsement coming from the office head or agency head certifying the claim that the applicant truly belongs to any of the above mentioned sectors and any authentication by the government; and
- If they are permanent employees who serve the government, given that they are regular GSIS members at the time of the application with a minimum of three (3) years of service.
NOTE: All Permanent Total Disability (PTD) pensioners who are below the age of sixty (60) years old are eligible to nominate their kids for the scholarship. They ought to use the last compensation they received as the basis for the process of selection.
What documentary requirements will be needed in applying for the scholarship?
Just like any other scholarship, scholar applicants would have to submit documentary requirements, too. Applicants should ensure that they submit the following to the nearest GSIS office for them to be able to process the request:
- The Dependent’s PSA-certified birth certificate;
- Duly accomplished application forms. Members can get application forms from any GSIS office. Alternatively, they can download it from the GSIS website—you can click here to be redirected to that page immediately and save time!
- The proper and appropriate certificate coming from the school where the nominated scholar is accepted as an incoming freshman for college during the school year; and
- The Certificate of Employment (CoE) of the member (must not be a requirement for the PTD pensioner-applicants).
Procedure in applying for the GSIS Scholarship
Now, here comes the most difficult part—the application process. Where should I go? What should I do? What do I have to be? Those questions might be flooding your mind right now but fret no more because the actual process is quite easy.
It’s actually quite easy—you just have to ensure that you have all the requirements needed—even the eligibility or the qualifications they are looking for. Submit them to the nearest GSIS office in your location for them to be able to validate it.
You can hear whatever the result of the application is from them after they’ve checked, and fully authenticated your scholarship application.
Deadline of the application for the GSIS Scholarship
You can apply for the scholarship given by the GSIS from the 22nd of April 2019 until the 24th of June of the same year. As of the moment, no word of extension has been given out yet. Nevertheless, you can always look at their Facebook profile and their website for updates and inquiries.
Alternatively, you may contact them by calling (02) 976-4970 or shoot them an email at [email protected].
This announcement was posted last 17th of April 2019. In the GSIS website, they also gave a list of the things that might be of importance in the application for the GSIS scholarship. These are:
- The Fact Sheet (updated 04-22-2019)
- Application form (updated 04-22-2019)
- Accredited Schools of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) (updated 04-22-2019)
- Priority Courses distinguished by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) (updated 04-22-2019)
- The School and Employment Certification (updated 04-22-2019)
Are there available slots only for the GSIS Scholarship?
If you thought that there were stupendous of these amounts, think again. The GSIS has currently opened a total of 400 slots for potential scholars to be in service of them.
Jesus Clint Aranas, GSIS General Manager and President said that they planned on helping people with their education because they know the hardships of finances of each and every working citizen.
Out of 400 college scholarship slots for children or dependents of low-income GSIS members this year, at least 40 are allotted to dependents of persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, and solo or single parents. Since meeting their basic needs is already a struggle for a lot of our members, they need support in other vital expenses like defraying the cost of college education.”
This program has been standing since 1998; it has just undergone an advancement but the total number of people that the GSIS was able to help is at a total of 3, 283 scholarship grants—they iterated that they’re not stopping there.
What are you waiting for? Do you know someone who might need this type of educational aid? Or are you one of those people who need it? Contact GSIS now and live the scholarship you’ve always dreamed of.