The National Academy of Sports (NAS) has started accepting applications for its annual search for competent, exceptional, notable, and talented student-athlete scholars (NASCENT SAS) for School Year 2022-2023, the Department of Education (DepEd) said.
In a statement, Education Secretary Leonor Briones encouraged youth from different sectors to apply for the scholarship to improve their prior academic and sports skills.
“I am urging all the student-athletes from all sectors of the society, including indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and other marginalized groups, to submit an application for the scholarship to improve their craft,” Briones said.
“NAS would like to produce world-class athletes that can compete and bring home medals from SEA Games, Asian Games, Olympics, and other sporting events like our very own Hidilyn Diaz,” she added.
The DepEd said the NAS is looking for incoming Grade 7 and 8 learners, natural-born Filipino citizens, who must have a general weighted average of at least 80%.
Applicants must “not be older than 14 years old (for incoming Grade 7) and not older than 15 years old (for incoming Grade 8) at the start of the school year.”
As part of the scholarship program, the student-athlete will receive incentives like free tuition; free board, and lodging at the NAS Dormitory in NAS Campus, New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac; provision of quality secondary education; and access to specialized sports training in world-class facilities.
Scholars will also get a chance to represent the country and NAS in international competitions as well as in exchange programs with a monthly stipend and scholarship grant for six years subject to the student-athlete’s sports and academic performance.
Aspiring student-athletes under the NAS focus sports, including aquatics, athletics, badminton, gymnastics, judo, table tennis, taekwondo, and weightlifting, are encouraged to submit their applications.
The application forms and the requirements may be submitted physically at the office of NAS in Philsports Complex in Pasig City or virtually through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org until April 12, 2022.
For more information on the forms and requirements, visit this link.
NAS is an attached agency of the DepEd mandated to implement a quality and enhanced secondary education program, integrated with a special curriculum on sports as indicated in Republic Act 11470.