The superapp helps in further strengthening education for Filipinos
Grab has been a great help for its subscribers either for traveling, buying food, groceries, or even with insurance. Now, the superapp extends its services through college scholarships, bursary support, and human skills training programs.
300 young Filipino students and 150 adult learners have the chance to be part of GrabForGood’s GrabScholar with BagoSphere. The program aims to democratize access to educational opportunities here in the Philippines for grade school and high school students as well as for Grab’s own driver-partners, merchant-partners, and their families.
“Many of our kababayans still lack access to necessary resources to attain their educational goals – and in many ways, this has impacted their growth opportunities,” shares Grace Vera Cruz, country head of Grab Philippines. “As a company that strives to empower every Filipino toward a better life through our platform and technology, we are embarking on this meaningful endeavor, GrabScholar, together with our partners from BagoSphere and Philippine Investment Management (PHINMA) Education, to offer inclusive educational opportunities to Filipinos who are eager to change their lives for the better.”
Aside from the mentioned scholar grants above, Grab will also be opening applications for college students until Feb. 3, 2023. Six students will be selected for a full four-year scholarship at any of the partner PHINMA Education affiliate schools, namely: St. Jude College, Republican College, Rizal College of Laguna, Union College of Laguna, and University of Iloilo. The grant covers tuition fees and miscellaneous fees, and also entitles the grantee to allowance and school supply support.
“Throughout the past 18 years, PHINMA Education has catered by intent and design to the underserved youth — students whose families live on less than $300 per month, who, despite the odds, are often the first in their families to go to college,” states Christopher A. Tan, country head of PHINMA Education Philippines. “While we provide the Hawak Kamay Scholarship Program to around 60 percent of our students, GrabScholar will empower even more underserved youth to lift their families out of poverty. This school year, we were fortunate enough to gain the trust of more than 124,000 students. While it is the highest enrollment in our history, our mission does not stop there. This partnership with Grab Philippines and BagoSphere showcases how collaboration among like-minded organizations will allow us to reach more students and make even more lives better through education.”
Currently, BagoSphere has over 30,000 members and has graduated over 7,000 alumni from the Philippines’ underserved, low-income communities.
To know more about the scholarship programs, visit Grab’s official site.