MANILA -- A scholar of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) earned the top spot in the Geodetic Engineer Licensure Examination held last August.

Ivy Elaine Cadalzo, 21, from Malabon City, is a recipient of the agency's Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP). She garnered a rating of 89% in the test, ranking first among the 179 successful examinees.

Cadalzo's father is an industrial mechanic working in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

"OWWA scholars once again proved their mettle as deserving of the educational assistance we provided to dependents of our member contributors as they continue to stay competitive in their respective field of discipline," OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado said.

EDSP is OWWA's competitive scholarship grant where an OFW dependent of an active OWWA member can take any four-to-five year course leading to baccalaureate degree.

Only the top 200 passers in the qualifying examinations administered by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) can avail of the scholarship worth P30,000 per semester.

In the past years, OWWA produced several graduates who finished their course with Latin honors. In 2010, two OWWA scholars graduated with honors, and 28 scholars graduated either as magna cum laude or cum laude in 2011. There were 29 OWWA scholars who graduated with honors both in 2012 and 2013.

This year, OWWA recorded 1 summa cum laude, 7 magna cum laude, 32 cum laude, and 4 with citations, or a total of 40 academic medal awardees. Source:

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