Gawad Patnubay Scholarship Program

The Scholarship

With LANDBANK's mandate of helping spur and sustain countryside development, the LANDBANK Gawad Patnubay (Gawad Pag-aaral Tungo sa Maunlad na Bayan) Scholarship Program is an education-to-employment initiative designed to benefit underprivileged, but deserving students who shall specialize in the fields of agriculture and fisheries.  

Highlights:

  • Over 100 students from various year levels benefited from the program
  • A total of 40 LANDBANK scholars graduated, and participated in the Education-to-Employment (E2E) Internship Program
  • 19 scholars graduated with honors
  • 100% of graduate scholars who are required to take the Agriculturist Licensure Exam are now professionally licensed, including 1 scholar who placed 6th in the national ranking in 2015

The program aims to develop skills in modern agriculture, renew enthusiasm for the agricultural sector, promote sustainable development, and reduce poverty in the countryside through quality education.

A LANDBANK scholar is entitled to the following privileges:

  • 100% subsidy for tuition fees
  • Very Competitive monthly stipend
  • Yearly Book allowance
  • Research grant/thesis funding
  • Licensure review and examination subsidy
  • Financial award for honor students from Php 30,000 to Php 50,000 cash incentive
  • 10-week Education-to-Employment (E2E) Internship Program (Inclusive of airfare, accommodation, food, and stipend)

    - 3 weeks capacity building and personal development at the LANDBANK Head Office

    - 7 weeks field internship                                                   

The Funding

The financial assistance provided by the program is funded by more than 7,000 LANDBANK employees through voluntary salary contribution with a minimum of one hour’s worth of their salary during the last working day of the year.

Additionally, LANDBANK has a counterpart of 50% of the total funding for the formal education program which enables the program to support 110 scholars each school year.

Partner Schools

The scholarship program is open to agriculture students enrolled in our 17 partner state colleges and universities:

  • Benguet State University (BSU)
  • Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU)
  • Isabela State University (ISU)
  • Central Luzon State University (CLSU)
  • Univeristy of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB)
  • Marinduque State College (MSC)
  • Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA)
  • UP Visayas (Miag-ao Campus)
  • Negros Oriental State University (NORSU)
  • Bohol Island State University (BISU)
  • Visayas State University (VSU)
  • Jose Rizal Memorial State University (JRMSU)
  • Central Mindano Univeristy (CMU)
  • University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP)
  • University of Southern Mindanao (USM)
  • Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU)
  • Mindanao State University (MSU)

E2E Internship Program

Aside from offering educational funding, the Gawad Patnubay Scholarship Program also has an Education-to-Employment (E2E) internship component. E2E opens opportunities for the scholars to prepare them after graduation, and aims to secure agriculture-related jobs for the scholars at the end of the program.

Upon successful program completion, the scholars will participate in a 10-week intensive internship program composed of three weeks of lectures, seminars, and professional and personality development activities at the LANDBANK Head Office in Manila. Additionally, scholars will experience 7 weeks of field work in LANDBANK or in different partner-institutions such as the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), LANDBANK Countryside Development Foundation Inc. (LCDFI) and HARBEST Agribusiness Corporation to name a few.

Thus far since 2015, over 10 scholars have been deployed to PhilRice, 7 scholars to LCDFI, 3 scholars to the LANDBANK Head Office, 2 scholars to IRRI, and 2 scholars to PCC among many others. 

Qualifications for the Scholarship

The following may be eligible to apply for the Gawad Patnubay Scholarship Program:

  • Must be Filipino citizens.
  • Have gone through initial screening procedures of partner universities (e.g., entrance exams, submission of required documents, and preliminary interviews, which are standard requirements for enrollment).
  • Preferably dependents of active members of cooperatives of small farmers and fishers currently being assisted by LANDBANK or LCDFI, or of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) and Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs).
  • Must be incoming first-year to third-year students pursing BS Agriculture, BS Fisheries or any agriculture-related disciplines.
  • With a general weighted average (GWA) of at least 2.5 or its equivalent in each semester, with no grades lower than 3.0 or its equivalent in any subject.
  • Must not be enjoying any other financial assistance, grant, or scholarship from other external sources (e.g., foundations, government and private scholarships, pre-need educational plans).
  • Annual family income must not exceed PHP150,000.00 as stated in their BIR income tax return, with exemptions as determined by the project team on a case-to-case basis. For example, parents with four or more children/dependents may have an income that could exceed PHP150,000.00— this may be taken into consideration when the application is evaluated.

How to Apply

Students who are enrolled in one of the 17 partner schools and taking up an agriculture-related course may submit the application form and all the other requirements to the respective University Student Affairs Office on or before the published deadline.

The application form may be downloaded through this link.

The requirements upon submission are the following:

  • Duly filled-out scholarship application form
  • Photocopy of the certified true copy of birth certificate PSA certified birth certificate
  • Two 2”x 2” ID photos
  • Medical certificate
  • Photocopy of recent ITR of parents or BIR certificate of tax exemption
  • Certified true copy of grades:

-  For incoming 1st year – secondary student’s permanent
records or Form 137 with GWA not lower than 85 or its
equivalent and no failing grades in any subject

-  For incoming 2nd year to 3rd year college – summary of       
grades with a GWA of 2.5 per semester or its equivalent
with no grade below 3.0 or its equivalent in any subject

  • Certificate of good moral character coming from the school or university’s Office of Student Affairs
  • One letter of recommendation from a previous teacher/professor
  • Current resumé and list of activities, awards, and honors
  • 500-word essay on “Why I am pursuing an agriculture-related career”
  • Barangay clearance from the applicant’s home barangay

For more inquiries, send an email to lbp-cad@mail.landbank.com or download the brochure through this link.

Did You Know?

LANDBANK Gawad Patnubay Scholarship Program is one of the Bank’s programs cited as “Outstanding Development Projects” by the Association of Development Financing Institution in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) under the Corporate Social Responsibility category of the ADFIAP Awards 2014.  

In 2017, the LANDBANK Gawad Patnubay Scholarship Program was adjudged as the Champion for Best CSR Project by the Bankers Institute of the Philippines (BAIPHIL).