Education is essential for progress, yet many struggle to access higher learning due to financial hurdles. Understanding this challenge, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has established the Coconut Scholarship Program to support deserving individuals from coconut farming communities.
The Ched Coconut Scholarship Program, which aims to ensure fair access to education. It assists talented individuals, regardless of their financial situations, in achieving academic success, especially those from coconut farming families.
Explore the various educational opportunities available through the Ched Coconut Scholarship Program, emphasizing accessibility and quality education.
This program not only aids with finances but also contributes to the development of coconut farming communities and the agriculture sector.
Furthermore, we’ll provide simple guidance on the application process, including submitting academic records, recommendation letters, and personal statements.
By simplifying the application process, the Coconut Scholarship Program aims to improve the future of coconut farmers nationwide.
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About CHED: CHED Coconut Scholarship or (COSCHO)
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is a governmental body in the Philippines responsible for overseeing and regulating the nation’s higher education system.
Established in 1994 under Republic Act No. 7722, also known as the Higher Education Act of 1994, CHED plays a central role in shaping the landscape of higher education in the country.
The CHED Scholarship Program for CHED Coconut Scholarship for Farmers operates under the legal framework of RA No. 11524, “The Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act.” This legislation provides the foundation for the program’s implementation and sets the stage for its objectives and guidelines.
The guidelines for implementing the scholarship program are outlined in the CHED-PCA Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1, issued in 2023. These guidelines provide specific instructions and procedures for the selection and administration of scholarships.
The scholarship program aims to achieve several key objectives:
- Enhancing Social Equity:
By providing access to quality education for coconut farmers and their dependents, the scholarship program aims to promote social equity and contribute to poverty alleviation within coconut farming communities.
- Agricultural Development:
The scholarship program seeks to improve agricultural productivity and modernization within the coconut industry.
By equipping coconut farmers and their dependents with knowledge in agricultural technology and related fields, the program aims to enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of the sector.
- Encouraging Youth Engagement:
Through education and training in courses identified by the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), the scholarship program encourages the younger generation to participate in the agriculture sector.
By nurturing a new generation of skilled professionals and entrepreneurs in coconut farming, the program contributes to the long-term viability and growth of the industry.
The scholarship program is accessible to qualified and deserving coconut farmers and their families duly registered under the National Coconut Farmers Registry System.
It covers undergraduate students enrolled or intending to enroll in courses such as agriculture, agricultural engineering, agribusiness management, agricultural economics, and other disciplines identified by the PCA.
Understanding the eligibility criteria is crucial before applying for the CHED Coconut Scholarship for Farmers and their Families (COSCHO).
These requirements serve as the foundation for determining who can benefit from this valuable educational opportunity.
Let’s dive into the qualifications applicants need to meet to be considered for this scholarship.
- Filipino Citizenship: Applicants must be Filipino citizens to qualify for the scholarship program.
- Academic Qualifications:
- Graduating High School Students/High School Graduates: Must have a general weighted average grade (GWA) of 80% or its equivalent.
- College Students: Must have earned academic units relevant to the degree programs identified by the PCA with a GWA of 80% the previous semester or its equivalent.
- Entry Level Requirements: Applicants must pass the entry level requirements of identified State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).
- Non-Recipients of Government-Funded Financial Assistance: Applicants should not be recipients of any government-funded financial assistance program to be eligible for this scholarship.
- Registration in the NCFRS: Applicants must be duly registered coconut farmers in the National Coconut Farmers Registry System (NCFRS) or their dependents.
- Income Limit: Applicants must have a combined annual gross income of parents not exceeding ₱300,000.00.
Below are the CHED Priority Courses categorized into different fields:
Engineering and Technology
- Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
- Ceramic Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Electronics Engineering / Electronics and Communications Engineering
- Food Engineering
- Geodetic Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Manufacturing / Production Engineering
- Materials Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mechatronics Engineering
- Metallurgical Engineering
- Mining Engineering
- Petroleum Engineering
- Robotics Engineering
- Sanitary Engineering
- Structural Engineering
- Aircraft Maintenance Technology
- Aviation Related Programs
- Engineering Technology
- Industrial Technology
- Mechatronics Engineering Technology
Information Technology Education
- Computer Science
- Cyber Security
- Entertainment and Multimedia Computing / Game Development and Animation
- Information System
- Information Technology
- Library and Information Science
Science and Mathematics
- Applied Physics / Physics
- Applied Mathematics / Mathematics
- Applied Statistics/ Statistics
- Environmental Science
- Human Biology
- Marine Biology
- Marine Science
- Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Architecture and Related Programs
- Fine Arts
- Interior Design
- Landscape Architecture
- Environmental Planning
Business and Management
- Business Analytics (straight major)
- Hospitality Management/ Hotel and Restaurant Management
- Tourism Management/ Tourism
- Maritime Engineering Marine Transportation
- Secondary Education major in Science and Mathematics
- Culture and Arts
- Early Childhood Education
- Special Needs Education
- Sports and Exercise Science
Health Profession Education
- Doctor of Dental Medicine
- Doctor Of Optometry
- Medical Technology / Medical Laboratory Science
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Radiologic Technology
- Respiratory Therapy
- Speech Language Pathology
- Community Development
- Human Services (Guidance and Counselling)
- Indigenous Peoples Studies/ Education
- Peace Studies/ Education
- Social Work
Multi and Interdisciplinary Cluster
- Data Science and Analytics
- Disaster Risk Management/ Climate Change
- Renewable / Sustainable Energy
Understanding how to apply is crucial for coconut farmers interested in pursuing educational opportunities. Let’s guide you through the simple steps to secure your scholarship.
Ensuring a smooth application process for the CHED Coconut Scholarship for Farmers and their Families Program involves understanding the necessary documentary requirements.
These essential documents validate an applicant’s eligibility and support their candidacy for this educational opportunity.
Let’s explore the concise list of documents required to complete the application successfully.
- Birth Certificate: Issued by the Local Civil Registry or Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
- Academic Documents:
- For Senior High School Students: Duly certified copy of grades for Grade 11 and the first semester of Grade 12.
- For Senior High School Graduates: Form 138.
- For College Applicants: Duly Certified Copy of Grades for the latest semester/term attended.
- Photocopy of Valid ID: Government-issued ID or school ID.
- PCA Certification: Issued by PCA Regional Office (PCA-RO) to NCFRS registered coconut farmers/farmworkers upon endorsement of the PCA Provincial Office and/or Local Coconut Industry Development Councils (LCIDCs), small coconut farmers organizations, federations, and cooperatives. Note: Only one family member allowed to apply for the scholarship.
- Certificate of Good Moral Character: From the last school attended.
- Proof of Income: Any of the following:
- Latest Income Tax Return (ITR) of applicant and/spouse/parents/guardians if employed.
- Certificate of Tax Exemption from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
- Certificate of No Income from BIR.
- Certificate of Indigency from their Barangay.
- Certificate/Case Study from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
- Notice of Admission: From the Higher Education Institution (HEI) with collegiate degree offerings.
- Proof of Special Group Membership (if applicable).
- Original Barangay Certification: Confirming that parents/guardians and siblings have never attended college/university (if applicable).
The deadline for the Coconut Scholarship Program for Coconut Farmers and their Families (CoScho) for AY 2023-2024 has already passed.
However, it’s important to stay informed about any future announcements regarding the program’s resumption for the academic year 2024-2025.
How to Apply?
- STUDENT APPLICATION
- Scan the documentary requirements clearly.
- Prepares the complete documentary requirements.
- Submits application and documents ONLINE to your respective CHED Regional Office.
|CHED Regional Office
|CHEDRO IX – BARMM
|Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
|CHEDRO X – BARMM
|Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
|CHEDRO XII – BARMM
|Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
- CHED REGIONAL OFFICE
- Accepts and evaluates the applications, and ranks the qualified applicants.
- OSDS (Office of Student Development Services)
- Validates the rank list and approves the list of qualified beneficiaries, issuing corresponding award numbers.
By following these steps and sending your application to the appropriate CHED Regional Office, you can start applying for the Coconut Scholarship Program.
Programs and Scholarship Benefits of the CHED Coconut Scholarship:
The scholarship program provides comprehensive assistance, including coverage for tuition and other school fees (TOSF), stipends distributed directly to scholars or through educational institutions, and allowances for books and connectivity.
Here’s a breakdown of the financial support available to students enrolled in private HEIs and those under the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), offered annually and per semester:
|COST PER SEMESTER
|COST PER ACADEMIC YEAR
|b. Book allowance and other learning materials
|TOTAL COST PER ACADEMIC YEAR
|a. Thesis and/or OJT allowance
|b. One-time attendance in local conference/fora
|c. One-time financial assistance for the purchase of a laptop
One (1) year per year of scholarship in the Philippines is required within two (2) years after graduation prioritizing:
- Government agencies directly working with the coconut industry.
- Other government agencies.
- Private entities related to the Philippine Coconut Industry.
This service obligation is a requirement of the Coconut Scholarship Program and must be fulfilled by scholarship recipients upon completion of their studies.
For inquiries or further information, please do not hesitate to contact your respective CHED Regional Office.
In conclusion, the CHED Coconut Scholarship Program offers a valuable opportunity for coconut farmers and their families to obtain quality education and uplift their communities.
With CHED’s commitment and support, applicants are empowered to pursue their academic aspirations and contribute to the advancement of the agriculture sector.
Recognizing the significance of this scholarship and CHED’s dedication to equitable education, applying for the program marks the beginning of a promising educational journey.
To all applicants, seize this opportunity, embrace the possibilities, and set forth on a journey towards academic and personal growth.
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- Commission on Higher Education. (n.d.). CHED Certificate of Program Compliance (CoPC). Retrieved from [https://ched.gov.ph/coscho/](https://ched.gov.ph/coscho/)