Scholarships for OWWA Member-OFWs and their Beneficiaries to obtain vocational courses in the Philippines

Under the Skills for Employment Scholarship Program of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Overseas Filipino Workers who are OWWA members and their qualified beneficiaries/dependents may avail of scholarship grants to obtain a vocational education. This program is offered in coordination with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Financial assistance
shall amount to P14,500.00 for a one-year program and P7,250.00 for a six-month program.

“Course offerings include: agriculture and fishery; processed food and beverages; tourism (hotel and restaurant); decorative crafts and ceramics; gifts, toys and housewares; jewelry; metals and engineering; furniture and fixtures; garments; construction; communication/electronics/information technology; maritime; land transport; health, social services; and other community, social and personal services.”

To avail of the scholarship, one must be Filipino; an active OWWA member or beneficiary/dependent of an active OWWA member; must pass the TESDA qualifying examination or Multiple Aptitude Battery Test (MABT) on the program of choice; have at least one (1) recorded membership contribution.

In addition, at the end of the course, a competency assessment and certification administered by TESDA or its accredited testing center must be taken by the scholar.

To apply, the scholar must submit the following requirements: “Accomplished application forms (2 sets); 1″x1″ ID pictures (2 copies); Form 137 / HS Report Card or Transcript of Records/ official copy of grades; and Proof of OWWA Membership: official receipt of OWWA contribution / OFW E-Card; If a Member’s beneficiary: proof of relationship to OWWA member (e.g. copy of marriage contract and/or birth certificate of both OFW and applicant- dependent duly certified by the Local Civil Registrar)”

The forms can be downloaded at the OWWA website.

For more information, contact the agency at

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
7th St. cor. F.B. Harrison
Pasay City, Philippines
Tel.(+632) 891-7601 to 24

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