A total of 321 fisheries students across 15 regions in the country successfully earned their academic degrees this year with the help of the FSP granted by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR). Of the graduates, some 65 were conferred with Cum Laude, 17 with Magna Cum Laude, one with Summa Cum Laude, and seven with academic distinctions and merits.

As an archipelagic country with rich fishery and aquatic resources, the DA-BFAR recognizes the necessity to scale up the nation’s capacity in sustainable fisheries and management, thus, underscores its support to young blood of fisheries technologists who take on the challenge to become catalysts for the development of both the government and the fisheries industry and other related institutions by means of financial assistance to deserving high school graduates.

Consisting of three components, namely the Fisheries Children Educational Grant (FCEG), the Fisheries Industry Leaders Grant (FILG), and the Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs), the flagship program awards qualified students with a full scholarship grant for college studies leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Fisheries (BS Fisheries), among other financial grants that will help the scholars attain educational success.

The FSP-FILG is a merit-based scholarship for high school graduates and Grade 12 students, while FSP-FCEG is intended for high school graduates whose parents or legal guardians are Registered Municipal Fisherfolk (Fish-R/Mangingisdang Juan). Lastly, the FSP-ICC/IPs is aimed at providing education for underprivileged Alternative Learning System/High School/Senior High School graduates/graduating students who are members of a particular tribe recognized by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

Be one in securing the nation’s future! For more information on the scholarship program, you may direct to the nearest BFAR Regional Office.