College Scholarship Search Portal Launched for OFW Parents

Overseas Filipino workers can now have an easier time looking for scholarships for their children in the Philippines through a newly launched portal that parents and students can use to search for courses, schools, and scholarships around the country.

Linartes Viloria, chief executive officer of, said the portal will be of big help to households run by OFWs, noting that based on a Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas survey, 68.9 percent of OFW remittances are set aside for education.

“By giving parents a complete picture of what is available for them, they are advised on the different options they can give their kids vis-a-vis the careers their children aspire for. They no longer feel helpless from where they are in their child’s education,” Viloria said in a statement.

Signing up to the website only requires a valid e-mail, Facebook, or Google+ account, and gives students, parents, teachers, and institutions access to a database of 3,028 schools, 38,467 courses, and 2,440 scholarships.

“We understand how difficult it is for our OFW parents to participate in the education planning of their children especially when they are miles away from them. Through we give them an online and free way to find all the possible schools and courses offered which they can advise their children to take based on their interests, budget, and location,” Viloria said.

Parents looking to send their children abroad can even look for scholarships for degree and certificate programs in foreign universities courtesy of’s partnerships with the British Council and Education USA.

Those who want to help their children go through technical courses can also look for courses offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

“Distance is no longer a problem for parents when looking for schools and scholarships for their children left behind in the Philippines,” Viloria said.




(Source: Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News)

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