What is SNSSLP?
The Scholarships Program of CITE is known as the SNSSLP which stands for Study-Now-Sponsor-a-Scholar Later Program. The SNSSLP is a development fund that finances CITE’s training programs dedicated to the underprivileged young men coming from the Visayas and Mindanao.
For the benefactors, the SNSSLP gives them the opportunity to partner with one another in providing support and sustainability to CITE. For the parents, students and graduates, the SNSSLP gives them the opportunity to give back to the school. The SNSSLP thus pools contributions from many groups of people by sharing in the cost of CITE education.
Educating a Scholar in CITE
The cost of educating each student/ scholar for 3 years is Php 120, 000.00. CITE advances this amount from the SNSSLP as soon the student is accepted. The cost-sharing mechanism to send a scholar to CITE then becomes more attractive to benefactors because they see that the legacy of generosity is developed through the cooperation of more people, and that the beneficiaries themselves work towards contributing to their future scholars’ training sustainability. The scholars, on the other hand, are confident that their training in CITE is uninterrupted, and that the otherwise “financial burden” of finishing the training is made more manageable.
The SNSSLP Stakeholders
1. THE PARENTS. Since it is the right and duty first and foremost of the parents to provide for their children’s education, the SNSSLP sees that this right and duty are not to be taken away from the parents. It is only fitting, and the parents agree, that they need to contribute to the Fund. At the beginning of the Training Program, the parents pledge an annual amount according to their generosity and capabilities, which they hope to contribute for the three years (for ITP; shorter periods for OSY courses) that their children are in training.
2. THE INDUSTRY PARTNER COMPANIES IN DTS. Since industries benefit from CITE trainees through the Dual Training System (DTS) and later on through direct hiring or absorption of graduates, the SNSSLP helps them practice corporate social responsibility through their contributions in the form of DTS subsidies to CITE. About forty percent (40%) of the DTS subsidies are given to the students in the form of daily allowances. The rest of the subsidies go into the SNSSLP as part of the cost of education.
3. GRANTORS OF SCHOLARSHIPS (PERPETUAL OR NON-PERPETUAL). The CITE alumni, individuals, community and other private organizations, as well as local governments and agencies, also share in the cost of education in many ways: (1) Perpetual scholarships or one-time endowments that contribute to the SNSSLP Fund through interest earnings of pooled funds; (2) tuition and fees scholarships that are shared through direct annual tuition subsidies or fares and food allowances; and (3) supporting projects of CITE like providing grants for teachers training or acquiring training equipment.
4. CITE. CITE, through its internal income-generating activities mainly through short courses and training programs, also directly share in the SNSSLP Fund of at least eight percent (8%) of the cost of education of each trainee. Because of the problems in meeting giving goals for parents and, in some cases, of the lack of available financial grants from other benefactors, the share of CITE is usually more than 8% during the duration of the student’s training period.
5. THE GRADUATES. A CITE graduate contributes by donation out of gratitude and by settling the balance of the cost of education, i.e., the amount that the parents, other grantors and the DTS companies cannot complete.
A Little by Many Can Do so Much
Implementing this scheme of financing education and training is not easy, for it requires a profound change in attitudes and mentalities. We believe that only through collaborative efforts could we attain financial sustainability. We adhere to the saying that a little by many can do a lot. Apart from the many financial reasons to support such an idea, there are other considerations that led us to pursue this concept.
First of all, it is a question of justice: Why should this person receive such an enormous benefit and not help others to receive the same benefit? Secondly, it is a matter of efficiency. Organizing things differently allows the school to devote part of the time spent to raising funds to running the school more professionally, to improving the quality of the programs offered, to innovating, to promoting new training centers, and so on. Lastly, from the point of view of the student, the undertaking of repayment for training will automatically lead to a greater appreciation of the education received and increase his interest and motivation in the training.