A group of University of the Philippines (UP) alumni based in the United States has given financial grants to 15 Yolanda-affected students of the UP Tacloban campus, the institution said on its website.
The UP Alumni Association of Wisconsin (UPAAW) donated P120,000 to the university's Adopt-a-Student Program, giving P8,000 each to 15 students enrolled at UP Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda for the remaining four months of the semester.
UP Diliman officer-in-charge for the Office of Scholarships and Student Services (OSSS) Prof. Niel Kenneth Jamandre said the remittance of the amount was announced on February 18.
UPAA Wisconsin Committee on Scholarships chair Atty. Joselito Conti said graduating students are to be given priority and that another donation of P10,000 per student is to be made to 13 students for the next semester.
The Adopt-a-Student program aims to provide "supplementary support to students with urgent financial needs" and "acts as a safety net where students are given allowances to keep them studying in the University (while working) on their requirements to qualify in more comprehensive financial assistance programs."
A financially challenged but good-standing UP student beneficiary could get P39,000 per semester to help him/her to complete the last two semesters of studies.
Typhoon Yolanda hit Tacloban and other parts of the country, leaving more than 6,000 people dead in November 2013.
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