The Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity (FLP) is again sponsoring a unique, merit-based Legal Scholarship Program for the academic year 2020-2021. Funded by the Tan Yan Kee Foundation and undertaken in cooperation with the Philippine Association of Law Schools, it aims to look for the best and the brightest law students in the country.
Applicants must submit an essay written in English with a minimum of 2,000 words and a maximum of 3,000 words. It should be printed on an 11-inch by 8.5-inch white bond paper with text in 14-point font size, Times New Roman, single-spaced, with one-inch margins on both sides, top and bottom.
The essay must be on the philosophy of the Foundation, expanding on and espousing the precept: safeguarding of liberty and nurturing of prosperity under the rule of law, and how he/she will apply the same in his/her legal career.
The FLP Scholarship is a monetary scholarship award of ₱200,000 of which a maximum of ₱100,000 shall be for tuition fee, ₱20,000 for book allowance, and ₱80,000 for stipend.
FLP is now accepting applications for the academic year 2020-2021. Download the application form here.
Legal Scholarship Program Guidelines
1. Eligibility. The Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity (FLP) is again sponsoring a unique, merit-based FLP Scholarship Program in the academic year 2020-2021. Funded by the Tan Yan Kee Foundation and undertaken in cooperation with the Philippine Association of Law Schools, it aims to look for the best and the brightest law students in the country. For the academic year 2020-2021, there will be 10 scholarship openings for incumbent third-year law students, and one (1) scholarship opening for incumbent fourth-year law students.
FLP is opening the 11 scholarship slots to all law schools that have obtained a percentage of passing above the overall percentage of passing for the 2019 bar exams based on the statistical data from the Supreme Court Office of the Bar Confidant.
These law schools are:
|Angeles University Foundation|
|Ateneo de Davao University|
|Ateneo de Manila University|
|Bulacan State University|
|Centro Escolar University|
|Cor Jesu College|
|De La Salle University – Lipa City|
|De La Salle University – Manila|
|Far Eastern University|
|Father Saturnino Urios University|
|Jose Rizal Memorial State University|
|Lyceum of the Philippines University|
|Mariano Marcos State University|
|Palawan State University|
|Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila|
|Polytechnic University of the Philippines|
|St. Louis University|
|San Beda College – Alabang|
|San Beda University – Manila|
|St. Thomas More School of Law and Business|
|University of Cebu|
|University of San Agustin|
|University of San Carlos|
|University of San Jose Recoletos|
|University of Santo Tomas|
|University of St. La Salle|
|University of the Cordilleras|
|University of the Philippines|
No law school shall have more than three (3) new awardees for each academic year. Applications from those who have submitted or will submit entries for the FLP Dissertation Contest are encouraged. FLP officers, staff and their relatives up to the third degree of consanguinity or affinity are not eligible to join. FLP reserves the right to reject any nomination/applicant at its sole discretion.
The scholarship is merit-based and may be received in addition to existing scholarships, funding, or other financial assistance being availed of by the awardees.
2. Qualifications. Nominees/applicants must satisfy the following:
2.1 Incumbent third (3rd) year or fourth (4th) year student in one of the eligible law schools;
2.2 In the top 20 of the batch of their respective law schools in terms of academic performance;
2.3 Must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) not lower than 85% or 2.25 for the
immediately preceding school year (2019-2020);
2.4 No dropped subject and no grade lower than 75% or 3.0 during his or her stay at the law school;
2.5 Must not have taken a leave of absence for the immediately preceding school year (2019-2020); and,
2.6. Must have enrolled and completed the full load for the first two (2) years of law school for 3rd year students, and the first three (3) years in law school in the case of 4th year students.
Third year FLP scholars of AY 2019-2020 may continue receiving the grant for their fourth year provided that they maintain a GPA as provided in Section 2.3 computed for the year, with no grade lower than as provided in Section 2.4. They must likewise have not dropped any subject or taken a leave of absence. They must always enroll and complete a full load for each semester. FLP shall require the submission of copies of their official transcripts of records or certified copy of grades every semester.
3. Submissions. Applicants must submit an essay written in English with a minimum of 2,000 words and a maximum of 3,000 words. It should be printed on an 11-inch by 8.5-inch white bond paper with text in 14-point font size, Times New Roman, single-spaced, with one-inch margins on both sides, top, and bottom.
The essay must be on the philosophy of the Foundation, expanding on and espousing the precept: safeguarding of liberty and nurturing of prosperity under the rule of law, and how he/she will apply the same in his/her legal career. The essay should answer, inter alia, the following questions:
- What do you understand by the philosophy of liberty and prosperity under the rule of law?
- How can you promote this philosophy as a student? How will you apply this in your legal career?
Suggested resources on the precept can be found at https://libpros.com/cj-panganibans-speeches-on-liberty-and-prosperity/. See this resource in particular. Applicants should also refer to this paper.
The following should be mailed or hand carried to Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity, 3rd Floor, PCCI Corporate Centre, 118 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, 1227 Makati City. These documents should ALSO be transmitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- one copy of the duly accomplished FLP Scholarship Application Form and the FLP Data Privacy and Consent Form
- one copy of the nominee’s/applicant’s official transcript of school records for the first two years of law school for the incumbent third year applicants and the first three years of law school for the incumbent fourth year applicants
- one (1) hard copy of the essay
- a certification from the School Secretary/Registrar or any authorized school official that the applicant
- is among the top 20 of his/her batch in law school in terms of academic performance; and
- has enrolled and completed the full load for the first two (2) years of law school in the case of 3rd year students and the first three (3) years of law school in the case of 4th year students.
4. Interview. There will be an interview to be conducted by the FLP Panel of Judges who will be given full discretion in the conduct of the said interview.
5. Judging and Selection. Judging will be made by the FLP Panel of Judges. The Panel shall consider the candidate’s ability to demonstrate clearly, logically and concisely what he/she has done and intends to do to propagate and espouse the philosophy of liberty and prosperity under the rule of law. Although the scholarship is merit-based, the less privileged shall be preferred in case of a tie between two nominees. Selection shall be final when affirmed by the FLP.
6. Awarding. The FLP Scholarship is a monetary scholarship award of ₱200,000 of which a maximum of ₱100,000 shall be for tuition fee and ₱20,000 for the book allowance. The amounts for the tuition fee and the book allowance will be transferred to the account of the student, created especially for this purpose. The remaining ₱80,000 shall be for scholar’s stipend. Only such amount needed shall be deposited. If the tuition fee component of the monetary scholarship award is in excess of the awardee’s tuition, the balance will be returned to FLP. If the awardee is entitled to another scholarship award, he/she will still receive the cash monetary scholarship award to be provided by the FLP.
7. Unclaimed award. If for any reason, an awardee is unable to attend schooling or is unable to claim the monetary scholarship award, FLP shall cancel said scholarship award and grant it to another qualified nominee at its discretion.
8. Reimbursement. Considering the deadline for applications provided in Section 10, awardees of the FLP scholarship who already paid the tuition for the corresponding semester will be reimbursed upon submission of proof of payment. Where partial payment has been made by the awardee as allowed by the law school, FLP will likewise reimburse the same upon submission of proof of payment and deposit the balance for the tuition fee as provided in Section 6 above.
9. Agreement. Awardees must agree to the terms and conditions of the FLP Scholarship Program, including but not limited to, the requirement to provide volunteer services for the Foundation as well as giving back to the FLP Scholarship Program to ensure its sustainability such as teaching law subjects that espouse the philosophy of liberty and prosperity, developing a concept/program along the philosophy of the FLP and commitment to mentoring other law students, subject to institutional arrangements with partner law schools. Awardees must likewise agree to enter into a formal commitment agreement with FLP and the pertinent academic institution for this purpose.
10. Deadline. Applications for the academic year 2020-2021 must be submitted on or before 5 PM, March 31, 2021.
11. Revisions. FLP reserves the right to update and revise the guidelines of the program which shall be announced on its official website.
12. Financial Commitment. The scholarship is subject to FLP’s receipt of funding from its donors and partners. While FLP has secured funding for the academic year 2020-2021, if such donors and partners fail to provide funding for the subsequent academic years, the awards may be terminated by FLP. The Foundation, its trustees, officers, and staff shall not be liable if such donors and partners fail to provide the funds for the monetary award or revoke such funding.
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