The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) aims to protect and promote the welfare and well-being of Overseas Filipino Workers. In lieu with this, OWWA offers scholarships, insurance and educational program for OFWs and their dependents. This article would give you an idea of what you need to present to avail of the said programs.

There are five education and training programs offered by OWWA; Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP), Skills-for-Employment Scholarship Program (SESP), Seafarers’ Upgrading Program (SUP), DOLE-OWWA-Tulay Microsoft Project and Tuloy-Aral Project.

Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP)

The Education for Scholarship Program (EDSP) grants a 4 to 5 year baccalaureate course offered by a CHED-accredited college or university. The scholarship is given to qualified beneficiaries/dependents of OWWA member-OFWs. The OWWA gives P30,000 per semester and pay the tuition fee directly to the school. They release the remaining amount after the scholar submits the grades for the semester.

How to qualify for the Scholarship

* Must be a child of a married OWWA member or brother/sister of an unmarried OWWA member
* Must be 21 years old or below
* Must be a Filipino citizen
* Be in good health and with good moral character
* Must have an average grade of at least 80% and belong to the upper 20% of the graduating class


* Accomplished application forms (2 sets)
* 1″x 1″ ID pictures (2 copies)
* Proof of relationship to Member (copy of Birth Certificate of applicant and of the Member if related as brother or sister duly certified by the Local Civil Registrar or NSO)
* Form 137 or Transcript of Records with Principal’s Certification on Scholastic Standing
* Proof of OWWA membership (i.e. Official Receipt of OWWA Contribution/Certification from OWWA Membership Processing Center)
* Health Certificate attesting to physical fitness of applicant (Form B)
* Certificate of Good Moral Character issued by the School Principal/Guidance Counselor (Form C)
* Certification that applicant belongs to upper 20% of graduating class issued by school principal (2 sets)
* Statement of applicant that he/she has not earned units in any post-secondary/undergraduate course (Form E)
* Sworn Statement that he/she has no pending application for resident immigrant status in any country and does not have dual citizenship signed by parent or legal guardians (Form F)

For more information visit the OWWA website at

Applicants for OWWA’s scholarship program reaches 3,218 for next school year

A total of 3,218 children and other beneficiaries of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) applied to be a scholar of OWWA’s Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) for School Year 2008-2009.

The EDSP is an OWWA funded baccalaureate scholarship program wherein a OWWA member’s beneficiary is entitled to P30,000/semester for any 4 to 5 year Degree Course after passing the very rigorous entrance examination facilitated by the Department of Science and Technology.

OWWA EDSP Scholars

OFW children or beneficiaries currently in the EDSP number Four Hundred Nineteen (419) and studying in various colleges and universities nationwide including the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, etc. One of OWWA’s EDSP scholar, Loris Marriel Barcelo Villar, a sophomore AB Political Science major in the Ateneo de Manila University, was recently chosen as one of Bank of the Philippine Island’s Ten Outstanding Expat Pinoy Children for 2007.

Total application for SY2008-2009 increased by approximately 7% as compared with applicants for SY2007-2008. OWWA-National Capital Region (NCR) received the most number of applications with 700 approved applications followed by OWWA-RWO VI with 380 approved applications. OWWA-RWO IX and XI received the least number of approved applications with each getting only 37 applicants.

The entrance examinations for EDSP applicants will be held in seventy-nine (79) testing centers nationwide. – OWWA




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