NegOcc opens applications for Study Now, Pay Later scholarship to Australia


The Negros Occidental Scholarship Program Division (NOSPD) under the Office of the Governor is now accepting applications for its Study Now, Pay Later – Northern Territory, Australia Scholarship on Commercial Cookery.

The scholarship program is open to Negrense young professionals who are interested in pursuing a career in commercial cookery. Applicants must have a degree in Culinary, Hospitality Management or Hotel and Restaurant Management with experience in actual commercial cookery. They must also be single, between 22-35 years old, and a resident of the Province of Negros Occidental with good character and moral standing.

Qualified applicants will study at the International College of Advanced Education (ICAE), a leading vocational education provider in the Northern Territory of Australia. ICAE graduates are in high demand from employers in Australia and around the world.

The provincial government will pay for the grantees’ one-way travel to Australia, tuition, and other fees. Since this is a study now, pay later program, the grantees must pay the provincial government on an installment basis after they graduate and find employment.

“This scholarship program is a great opportunity for Negrense young professionals to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the global culinary industry,” said NOSPD head Karen Dinsay. “ICAE is a world-class institution with a strong reputation for producing highly skilled and globally competitive commercial cooks.”

Joery G. Rio, a recipient of the scholarship program, is now working as a highly regarded instructor at ICAE while waiting for his Australian citizenship. “I am grateful to the provincial government for giving me the opportunity to study at ICAE,” said Rio. “The education and training I received here have helped me to become a better commercial cook and instructor.”

Interested applicants may submit their resume, diploma, birth certificate, work related certificates or current employment certificate at the Negros Occidental Scholarship Program Division at the 2nd Floor, Multi-Purpose Building (beside NBI), Aguinaldo Street, Bacolod City.

Deadline for applications is February 15, 2023.