OWWA OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP)

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration’s (OWWA) OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP) is a strategic educational grant designed to provide tangible support to the dependents of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Understanding the sacrifices involved in working abroad, the ODSP aims to alleviate some burdens by funding the education of OFWs’ family members at home. By covering a substantial portion of the academic expenses, the program embodies the government’s recognition of the immense contribution made by workers to the national economy and charts a path for the dependents’ future success.

Also Read: OWWA Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP)

Targeted specifically towards dependents of active OWWA members whose monthly income does not exceed USD 600, the ODSP offers a scholarship worth Php 20,000 per school year. This financial boon extends beyond monetary aid; it fosters empowerment, encourages academic endeavors, and pushes for the advancement of a well-educated workforce. As potential applicants look forward to the program, they can anticipate a straightforward application process, comprehensive support in navigating academic challenges, and a brighter future underscored by the opportunities that an enriched education will bring.

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Significance of the Initiative

The ODSP recognizes the invaluable contributions of OFWs and their families. It goes beyond simply offering financial assistance; it empowers future generations by investing in their education. This not only benefits individual families but also contributes to the overall development of the Philippines by fostering a more educated and skilled workforce.

Beyond monetary support, the OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP) empowers individuals, uplifts families, and fuels national progress. By investing in education, it breaks poverty cycles, promotes social mobility, and builds a skilled workforce for a brighter Philippine future. Though challenges exist, expanding awareness, securing funding, and integrating career guidance can unlock the program’s full potential.

Legal Basis

The OWWA, established under Republic Act No. 8042, is mandated to provide various initiatives and services to OFWs and their families. The ODSP falls under this mandate, ensuring its legitimacy and sustainability.


  • The ODSP offers a significant financial benefit of Php 20,000 per school year, making a real difference in covering educational expenses. 
  • Additionally, it fosters a sense of empowerment and encouragement, motivating students to pursue their academic goals.

Eligibility & Qualifications

  • Dependent of an active OWWA member OFW with a monthly salary not exceeding US$600.
  • Single (for siblings of a single OFW member).
  • Incoming freshmen:
    • Grade 11 graduate (or currently enrolled in Grade 12).
    • Not exceeding 21 years old.
    • Passing grade.
  • Currently enrolled in 2nd to 5th year:
    • Not exceeding 30 years old.
    • Passing grade.
  • Not a recipient of any other OWWA or scholarship grant.


The application process is relatively straightforward, requiring documents like:

  • Scholarship application form
  • OWWA documents (membership record, RWO)
  • Identification cards (applicant, OFW member)
  • Proof of relationship (birth certificate, CENOMAR)
  • Academic records (Form 137/138, Transcript of Records)

Step-by-Step Guide to Apply Under this Program

  1. Visit your nearest OWWA Regional Welfare Office.
  2. Obtain and complete the application form.
  3. Submit the required documents.
  4. Wait for the selection process and announcement of awardees.
  5. Attend the mandatory scholarship orientation and notarization.

Success Stories / Recent Updates

Congratulations to Janiel Florence L. Aguinaldo for Securing Top 8 Spot in the February 2024 Respiratory Therapist Licensure Examination!

Janiel Florence L. Aguinaldo, an ODSP Scholar from Gattaran, Cagayan, has achieved remarkable success by securing the 8th spot nationwide in the February 2024 Respiratory Therapist Licensure Examination. Their outstanding performance is a testament to their dedication and hard work, and serves as an inspiration to aspiring respiratory therapists across the country. Congratulations, Janiel Florence L. Aguinaldo, on this well-deserved achievement! 

OWWA Brings Hope and Support to 82 OFWs in Eastern Pangasinan

In a heartwarming event held at OWWA EPSO in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan, a total of 82 OFWs from Eastern Pangasinan received checks covering various OWWA initiatives. These checks not only provide financial assistance but also serve as a symbol of care and solidarity, reminding the beneficiaries that they are not alone in their struggles abroad. With renewed hope, these OFWs now have the opportunity for a fresh start and a brighter future for themselves and their loved ones.

OWWA RWO2 Disburses PHP 1,012,000.00 in Educational Assistance to 68 Scholars in Region 2

The Education and Training Unit (ETU) of OWWA RWO2 has distributed a total of PHP 1,012,000.00 to support the educational endeavors of sixty-eight (68) scholars. The beneficiaries, enrolled in programs such as Project EASE, OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP), ELAP – Educational Assistance, and Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP), will receive financial aid to pursue their educational goals and empower themselves as OWWA member-OFW beneficiaries.


Video: OWWA Benefits for OFW dependents Scholarship Program: ODSP Application is now open

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration has announced that the ODSP has begun accepting applications for the said year. Eligible dependents of active members with a monthly salary of not more than USD 600 can receive financial assistance of P20,000 per academic year. 



The ODSP is a shining example of how government initiatives can empower individuals and families. By providing financial support and encouragement, the ODSP bridges the gap for aspiring students, paving the way for a brighter future filled with educational opportunities. This initiative is a testament to the unwavering commitment of the Philippines to prioritize the well-being and dreams of both its OFWs and their dependents.

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