How to apply to become an EBSU-STEP scholar in Davao


Outlined in this post is the set of guidelines on how you can avail of this City Government of Davao scholarship grant.

As posted on City Government of Davao’s official Facebook page, scholarship program for School Year 2021–2022 is now open. Interested applicants may apply from June 1- 15, 2021.

What is EBSU-STEP?

EBSU stands for Educational Benefit System Unit of the city Government of Davao while STEP stands for Scholarship Tertiary Education Program. This initiative is pursuant to the general welfare clause provision of Section 16 of RA 7160, otherwise known as the “Local Government Code of 1991” being instituted by the City of Government of Davao in order for the under-privileged students to have access to tertiary education and make a career of their own, with the end-view of alleviating their families’ economic status and subsequently bring about progress and prosperity in the society. For its effective, fair and sustainable implementation, the City Government is hereby establishing clear-cut guidelines, criteria and requirements (Office of the City Mayor of Davao, n.d.).

What are the qualifications?

To qualify for the Scholarship Program (in either category), a student applicant should possess the following qualifications:

(GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS for Scholarship on Tertiary Education drawn from )

  1. Must be a resident of Davao City.
  2. Should be of good moral character.
  3. Must belong to an indigent or below-average income earning family, as pre-determined by the City Social Services and Development Office (CSWDO).
  4. Must be a graduate of any public or private secondary school in Davao City.
  5. Shall enroll in, but not limited to, any of the courses prescribed by STEP, in accordance with the priority programs provided by CHED.
  6. Must not be a recipient of any scholarship/financial aids/grants from any government agency, non-governmental agency, foundation, and the like, except for academic scholarship granted by the school for honor students.
  7. Shall enroll in any school in Davao City, duly recognized by the Commission on Higher Education.
  8. Only one (1) child per family can avail the scholarship.
  9. Should willfully accept the responsibilities of a scholar as set forth in Section 7 of the City Mayor’s Executive Order which created this program.
  10. The above qualification requirements, notwithstanding, the City Mayor may, by reason of poverty, abandonment, abuse and other meritorious grounds, exercise discretion and allow the conditional admission of an applicant subject to the rules and guidelines of the program.


1. Must be a resident of Davao City;

2. Must be a bonafide graduate of any Bachelor’s Degree in any University or College;

3. For those entering the first year class, the candidate must have an average grade of 85% or its equivalent with no grade below 75% in any and all subjects comprising the candidate’s Degree course;

4. For those entering the second year to fourth year class, the candidate must have an average grade of 77% or its equivalent with no grade below 75% in any subjects in both semesters of the immediate preceding year level ( for example, 1st year for incoming 2nd year student);

5. The candidate must be physically fit and must be of good moral character;

6. Must be in need of financial assistance evidenced by a Statement of Assets and liabilities (for applicants with parents working with the government) and/or Income Tax Return of the applicants’ parent or legal guardian, and Certificate of Indigency or Eligibility (per E.O. №25, series of 2011) and family Data Sheet from CSWDO;

7. Must not be a grantee of any scholarship grant, financial assistance or any aid from any government, non-government foundation and the like; and

8. Must not have a parent or sibling who is already an existing grantee of any scholarship from the City Government.

What are the documentary requirements?

As basis for the approval of the student’s application for the scholarship program, and prior to the execution of a contract between the City Government of Davao and the grantee, the latter shall submit to the Educational Benefit System Unit (EBSU) Office the following documents, to wit:


1. Report Card in K-12 (1st & 2nd semester) for incoming college freshmen at least 93% Gen. Average (Photo-copy).

2. Transcript of Records for 2nd year to 4th year college (Photo-copy).

ALS Accreditation & Equivalency Test for ALS graduate (Photo-copy).

3. Certificate of Residency from the Barangay where the applicant reside (Original copy).

4. Certificate of Indigency or Eligibility from the City Social Welfare and Development Office (Original)

5. Income Tax Return (ITR) of both parents (if working) or Certificate of Tax Exception (if non-working) from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). (Photo copy).

6. Certificate of Good Moral Character from the school where applicant graduated (Photo copy).

7. 1 piece 2×2 picture of the applicant.


1. Transcript of Records (Photo copy) with no failing grades.

2. Certification of General Weighted Average at least 85% from the school where the applicant graduated.

3. National Medical Admission Test Result for Med applicant.

4. Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSAT) for Law applicant (optional).

5. Certificate of Residency (Original).

6. Certificate of Admission from the Davao City based Medical and Law school.

7. Certificate of Good Moral Character.

8. Medical Certificate issued by a government hospital.

9. Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth of applicants parent or legal guardian where available.

10. Income Tax Return of both parents (if working) or Certificate of Tax Exemption (if non-working). (Photo-copy)

11. Certificate of Indigency or Eligibility from City Social Welfare and Development Office (Original)

12. Certification from the Medical and Law school that the applicant has not availed of any other scholarship grant offered by or administered by the school.

13. Sworn statement that the applicant has no parent or sibling who is already a grantee of any scholarship from the City Government.

14. 1 piece 2×2 i.d. picture.


Interested applicants may download the application form through this link:

STEP Application Form:…

LAW Application Form:…

MED Application Form:…

Print and Fill-up application form and follow instruction below:

A. All documents shall be submitted at the designated EBSU Drop Box located at the tent in front of the City Planning and Development Office on or before June 15, 2021 from 8:00–5:00 PM.

B. All documents shall be fastened together in a long Orange folder with your printed name at the side portion of the folder, following the sequence of documentary requirements as above written. Incomplete requirements shall be automatically disregarded.

C. Qualified applicants shall be informed thru SMS of the schedule of interview. The conduct of interview proper shall be on July 15–30, 2021 thru mobile phone or video call.

D. Result of qualified applicants shall be posted at the City Government of Davao FB page on or before the end of August, 2021.

For more information, visit the official Facebook Page of EBSU/STEP: Ebsu-Step .

Telephone Number: (082) 241–1000 local 247

Email: [email protected]

Thinking of a school that accepts EBSU-STEP scholars?

JOSE MARIA COLLEGE is one of the tertiary academic institutions accepting EBSU-STEP scholars. To apply, just send an email to [email protected] or [email protected]You may visit our website at .

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