OWWA Scholarships 2024 | Educational Assistance

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), together with other Philippine government agencies such as Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST), and Technical Education & Skills Development Authority (TESDA), designed scholarships and training programs that will benefit not only the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) but also their beneficiaries. These programs were created in the hopes to upgrade the education and learn more skills that will give them a higher chance of getting employed and to have a better life in the future.

The OWWA scholarships are usually given to OFWs’ beneficiaries but some training is given for OFWs who want to upgrade their skills whether they want to continue working abroad or to stay in the Philippines. These programs are usually given in the form of cash grants that will subsidize the expenses needed for the school or training.

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OWWA Scholarship and Training Programs

Every OWWA scholarships and training programs have their own requirements and qualifications, so if you want to know if you and your beneficiaries are qualified or not, read and check the list of OWWA programs here and see what will fit you. 

Education for Development Scholarship Program (OWWA EDSP)

The Education for Development Scholarship Program (OWWA EDSP) gives financial assistance worth of Php 60,000 per school year to OFW dependents who want to enroll in a four- or five-year course at any colleges or universities.

The OWWA EDSP is offered to OFW dependents who took and belong to the top 400 passers of the OWWA pre-qualifying test regulated by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute. 

Educational Livelihood Assistance Program (OWWA ELAP)

The Educational Livelihood Assistance Program (OWWA ELAP) offers a two-part assistance package, the educational scholarship grants for dependents and livelihood assistance program grants for the spouse of the deceased OFW. The educational scholarship grants financial assistance worth Php 5,000 to Php 10,000 depending on the educational level of the beneficiary. The livelihood assistance program grants Php 15,000 for the spouse of the deceased OFW to help them provide not only for education but also for other expenses that the family has.

OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (OWWA ODSP)

The OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (OWWA ODSP) gives financial grants worth of Php 20,000 per school year to OFW dependents who want to enroll in a four- or five-year course at any colleges or universities. This program is only offered for active OWWA members with a salary of not more than $600.

Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (OWWA SESP)

The Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (OWWA SESP) grants financial support from Php 7,250.00 to Php 14,000.00 for OFWs and their dependents  who want to take Short-Term Training Programs. OFWs and their dependents can upgrade their technical-vocational (Tech-VOC) skills by enrolling to a career-enhancing course that they can finish from six-month to one-year.

OWWA Seafarers Upgrading Program (OWWA SUP)

The OWWA Seafarers Upgrading Program (OWWA SUP) provides financial support worth Php 1,200 to Php 7,500 to sea-based IFWs or seafarers who want to upgrade their skills. The seafarer must enroll in any MARINA or TESDA-accredited training course to the providers that are approved by OWWA.

OWWA Information Technology (IT) Training Program

The OWWA Information Technology (IT) Training Program is another Short-Term Program offered to OFWs and their dependents. This program provides basic literacy training programs that will help them improve their chances of getting employed.

OWWA Mariner’s Dugtong Aral (Bridging) Program (OWWA MDA)

The OWWA Mariner’s Dugtong Aral (Bridging) Program (OWWA MDA) provides financial support worth Php 38,120 plus Php 15,000 for a 3-month stipend to engineering students who want to become marine officers. The student must be BS Mechanical Engineering or BS Electrical Engineering that wants to continue their studies to BS Marine Engineering degree.

OWWA Pre-Departure Education Program

The OWWA Pre-Departure Education Program provides a series of seminars to people who want to work overseas such as Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS), Country-Specific Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS), and Comprehensive Pre-Departure Education Program (CPDEP). The seminars that the Pre-Departure Education Program provides are all needed before an applicant can leave the country.

Educational Assistance through Scholarship in Emergencies (Project EASE Scholarship)

The Project EASE Scholarship was created to ease the burden of the OFWs who were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. In this program, the dependents of the OFW who were repatriated during the pandemic can receive an educational assistance worth Php 10,000 per year for a maximum of four years.

Tertiary Education Subsidy for Dependents of Repatriated OFWs (Tabang OFW Scholarship Program)

The Tabang OFW Scholarship Program grants educational assistance worth Php 30,000. With the help of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and Department of Labor and Employment, this is a one-time grant is given to dependents of OFWs who were deceased, repatriated, displaced, and those whose salary were affected by the pandemic. The dependents must be the following:

  • Single and in tertiary-level child of an active-OWWA member.
  • Single sibling, nephew, or niece of a single active-OWWA member.
  • Must be under 30 years old.

Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program (CMWSP Scholarship)

The CMWSP Scholarship is funded by Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and offers cash assistance up to Php 20,000 per academic year to OFW dependents.

Summary

The OWWA collaborated with other agencies of the Philippine government to make sure that all Overseas Filipino Workers and their dependents are well taken care of in case of unexpected circumstances. The OWWA provides various programs that will help OFWs enhance their skills to become competent professionals. They also provide educational assistance to OFW dependents to help them reach their goal.

All projects of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration or OWWA are available on their website to learn more about them. These programs we listed can be avail by active OFW-members and their beneficiaries. There are a lot of options to choose from so all members must check their eligibility and choose the right program for you and your family. If you are not sure on what program is right for you, go to the OWWA Regional Office near you.

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