MANILA, Philippines -- University of Santo Tomas (UST) on Wednesday debunked reports that some of its student-athletes stand to lose their scholarships because of the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Rev. Fr. Jannel Novino Abogado, O.P., the director of UST's Institute of Physical Education, assured their student-athletes that their scholarships will not be affected despite the university's cost-cutting measures.
This, after The Varsitarian reported on Tuesday that "at least 30 student-athletes" will lose their scholarships in the next term, while others will be relegated to training pools that will give them a 50% discount on tuition fees.
"In line with the statement made by UST's Rector Magnificus Rev. Fr. Richard G. Ang, O.P. -- in his letter to all the stakeholders of the university dated May 26, 2020 which guarantees that there will be a 'continuation of the university scholarships granted during the second term of the academic year 2019-2020 until December 2020,' all scholarships conferred by IPEA to its athletes during the second term of the academic year 2019-2020 shall be carried on until December 2020," UST said in a statement.
"Therefore, there shall be no athlete who will be released from scholarship this coming first term of A.Y. 2020-2021."
Several schools have made cost-cutting measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Technological Institute of the Philippines doing away with its varsity programs.
Colegio de San Juan de Letran and Arellano University, likewise, are downsizing their athletic departments.
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