Cheng Eng Teng Scholarship Essays


Scholarship Grants given by the College are classified into:


Entrance Scholarships

  • Are given to Valedictorians of public and private high schools recognized by the government and are granted exemption from the payment of tuition during the first semester of their first year.
  • Are given to Salutatorians of public and private high schools recognized by the government and are granted a 50% discount from tuition during the first semester of their first year.
  • Honorable Mention (1st to 10th) awardees of public and private high schools recognized by the government are entitled to 25% discounts from tuition during the first semester of their first year.
  • Students who graduate with Latin Honors in a Bachelor’s degree in this College and who want to enroll for another collegiate course may be allowed exemption from payment of the regular tuition fees for one semester.


Cheng Eng Teng Scholarship

This grant is extended to all incoming freshmen who pass the qualifying examination administered for the purpose and who have not enrolled in any college or vocational course.


Academic Scholarships

  • A student with a regular load (a minimum of 18 units for the semester) may qualify for Academic Scholarship for the succeeding semester if he/she satisfies the following criteria:
  • 100% scholarship if the Weighted Average is 1.00 – 1.25 with grades not lower than 1.5 in any subject.
  • 50% scholarship if the Weighted Average is 1.26 – 1.50 with grades not lower than 1.75 in any subject.
  • 25% scholarship if the Weighted Average is 1.51 – 1.75 with grades not lower than 2.00 in any subject.
  • Moreover, Academic Scholars should have obtained a grade not lower than 2.00 in Physical Education and/or NSTP.


Publication Scholarships

Students who qualify as staff for The Sphere, the Official Student Publication of SPCBA, are entitled to a corresponding amount of tuition discounts.


Student Assistantship Program

Financially-challenged but academically deserving students are given tuition discounts and monetary stipends in return for services rendered to the College.


Varsity Scholarships

Varsity players are also granted scholarships upon the recommendation of the PE Department Head to the Dean of Student Affairs provided that they meet the academic requirements and will not obtain a grade lower than 2.50 with a minimum load of 18 units per semester.


Tuition Discounts

  • Full payments made before the start of classes entitle the student to 10% discount on tuition.
  • Siblings who enroll in the College in the same semester shall enjoy the privilege of 10% to 15% discounts on tuition.





In the scholarship application process, essays give applicants the opportunity to showcase their strengths, abilities, and personalities in a compelling manner. A well-written essay can be the most persuasive part of a scholarship application, which is why much time and care should be put into its preparation.

Essays are often required for scholarship applications. Therefore, it is wise to have five to seven pre-written, edited essays before beginning to apply for scholarships. This will not only help speed up the application process, but will also allow you greater time and preparation to apply for more scholarships. Your pre-written essays may not exactly match the required essay topics; however, you can use what you have already written and adjust it to the topic required by the scholarship application. 

Some Possible Essay Topics:

  • General topics.
  • Tell us about yourself.
  • What traits do you have that will enhance your education and future employment?
  • Who or what inspires you? 
  • Tell us about a book or article you have read that has inspired you.
  • Why do you need this scholarship?
  • Why does education matter to your community?
  • Describe something you have done in the past year that has made a difference in your community.
  • What would you like to do to change the world for the better?
  • Do you consider yourself to be a leader? Why or why not?
  • Describe the solutions you would propose to improve or resolve a current issue, such as health care, the economy, discrimination, or a current topic of your choice. 

Besides the more general topics, scholarship applications may also ask essay questions regarding your field of study, personal achievements, background and influences, future goals, financial need, and other topics. In order to test your problem-solving abilities and check your knowledge of current issues, applications sometimes ask questions regarding current events and social issues. Most of these questions are designed for you to demonstrate your motivation, vision, and creativity. The questions will also give you the opportunity to communicate the qualities and abilities you most want to showcase.

More Examples of Essay Questions:

Field of Study

  • How will your study of _______ contribute to your immediate or long-term career plans?
  • Why do you want to be a _______?

Current Events and Social Issues

  • What do you consider to be the most pressing societal problem we face today? Why?
  • If you had the authority to change your community in a positive way, what specific changes would you make?

Personal Achievements

  • Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability in your school, work, or community.
  • Discuss a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart.

Background and Influences

  • Pick an experience from your own life and explain how it has influenced your development.
  • Who has had the biggest influence in your life and why?

Future Plans and Goals

  • Briefly describe your long- and short-term goals.
  • Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Financial Need

  • From a financial standpoint, what impact would this scholarship have on your education?
  • State any special personal or family circumstances affecting your need for financial assistance.

While you cannot predict every essay question, knowing some of the most common ones can give you an advantage on applications. Start brainstorming now and you can prepare to write essays that will persuade scholarship committees of your deserving qualities.

See the articles "Scholarship Master Application" and "How to Strengthen a Scholarship Essay" for more information on the preparation and writing of scholarship essays.

For more information about scholarships, see the following:

Scholarship Sources

Finding Financial Aid on

Emphasizing Strengths in Scholarship Essays

Continuing Education 

Letters of Recommendation


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