Philipino scholar”ships”

Norwegian shipowners offering 150 scholarships
Emily Jade B. Valero, Sun Star Publishing, Inc.
Monday, January 16, 2006

The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (NSA) is offering 150 scholarship slots for incoming first year Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering students at the University of Cebu (UC).

As a NSA scholar, one can enjoy two years of full scholarship with free board and lodging, book and clothing allowance. On their third year, they will get a chance to have their apprenticeship on board a Norwegian vessel with a $500-$550 allowance per month. After graduation they are also assured of employment on board Norwegian shipping vessels.

NSA has been providing scholarship grants for more than 10 years and has produced thousands of graduates already. For the second time, UC was awarded as the Most Outstanding NSA School of the Year. According to UC President Augusto W. Go, Filipinos are natural seafarers and this is one of the good jobs available because in 10 years one could become a captain of a ship. This is also an opportunity to see the world for free and get paid for it.

Interested applicants must submit the following requirements for the scholarship: Original and photocopy of high school card with at least 85% general average and with no grade below 80% in all subjects, original copy and photocopy of birth certificate. One 2×2 color picture should be attached to the application form. Applicants must not be more than 20 years old as of June 2006, height must be at least 5’4” for male and 5’3” for female.

Pre-screening will start on February 7, and goes on until May 15. For inquiries, one may call UC-Mambaling NSA Office Alumnos on 262-0557, 262-7614, 262-8888 local 151 and look for Malou Gonzales, NSA Project coordinator. (Emily Jade B. Valero)

Transport Canada and Australian Marine Safety certified Marine Engineer, over 25 years experience sailing professionally on commercial ships all over the world. Creator and editor of Father of three, based in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

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