Monday, July 8, 2024

Converge Launches Internet Scholarship Program to Bridge the Digital Divide for Filipino Students in AY 2024-2025

The four scholars of Sta. Maria Della Strada parish, ,were the inspiration of Converge in coming up with the Fiber Internet Scholarship Program.

In response to the increasing importance of internet access for education and the growing cost of connectivity in the Philippines, Converge ICT Solutions Inc., a leading fiber broadband provider, has introduced an internet scholarship program aimed at supporting 10 underprivileged public school students in senior high school. This initiative falls under the brand name of their postpaid fiber plan BIDA.

Maria Grace Y. Uy, the President of Converge, highlighted the disparity in access to technology among students, emphasizing the risk of falling behind global standards in education. She expressed the company's commitment to addressing this issue through the launch of the BIDA Fiber Internet Scholarship Program. By providing free internet access to disadvantaged students, Converge aims to empower them to unlock their full potential as learners and contribute positively to society.

The official launch of the BIDA Internet Scholarship Program was done through a webinar announcing the program requirements with Converge employees in attendance. 
The program's focus on enhancing access to education aligns with Converge's dedication to supporting Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Quality Education (SDG 4) and No Poverty (SDG 1). The company has been actively involved in promoting education, having previously collaborated with the Department of Education to facilitate remote learning during the pandemic.

The BIDA Fiber Internet Scholarship Program is open to incoming Grade 11 students enrolled in public schools, specifically those pursuing the STEM track and ranking in the top 10% of their graduating class. By providing these students with internet access, Converge aims to level the playing field and create equal opportunities for all, irrespective of their socio-economic background.

The four girls were the first beneficiaries of the free Converge internet for a year, for senior high school students. 

This initiative comes at a time when broadband internet remains financially out of reach for many Filipinos, particularly those from underprivileged backgrounds. The Philippines has been noted to have one of the highest monthly internet costs among ASEAN countries, making connectivity a luxury for some. In contrast, the BIDA Fiber postpaid plan offers an affordable option at P 888 per month, providing high-speed internet for up to six devices without any data limitations.

Prospective applicants for the scholarship program can submit their requirements between June 25 and July 10, with the scholarship recipients set to be announced on July 30. Through initiatives like the BIDA Fiber Internet Scholarship Program, Converge is actively working to bridge the digital divide and empower Filipino students with the tools they need to succeed in the digital age.

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