By Felino M. Santos
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Aug. 8 — The Department of Science and Technology–Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) is currently registering applicants for undergraduate scholarships in the Zamboanga Peninsula.
The scholarships are for graduating high school students wanting to pursue courses on basic science and mathematics or engineering. Acceptance of application is open until October 5, 2012.
Ms. Josephine Nohay of the DOST Regional Office in this city said the scholarship program is open to poor, talented and deserving students on two levels: the JLSS-RA 7687 for students whose parents earn less than P156,600 a year and the JLSS-Merit for those whose parents earn P156,600 or more annually.
These scholarships aim to produce and develop high quality human resources who will steer the Science and Technology (S&T) and Research Development (R&D) efforts in the country, Nohay said.
She said the awardees shall be selected on the basis of their performance in the S&T Scholarship examination that will be conducted nationwide on November 18, 2012 in the cities of Zamboanga, Pagadian and Dipolog.
Applicants to the scholarship program must be high school seniors belonging to the upper 5% of the graduating class and natural-born Filipino citizens of good moral character, and not applying for resident or immigration status in any country.
Those who have already earned units in any post-secondary or undergraduate courses or have taken any DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarship Examinations are disqualified from applying.
Moreover, applicants to the S&T Scholarship (RA 7687) must have been a resident of the municipality for the last four (4) years, as attested by the barangay and school records.
Scholarship awardees must seek admission and enroll in any state university and college; tertiary institutions identified as Centers of Excellence or Centers of Development by CHED for the priority courses; and DOST-SEI identified network institutions.
Aside from maintaining the grade requirements, awardees should comply with the terms of the scholarship agreement that include, among others, serving in the country on full-time basis along the field of training for a minimum period equivalent to the length of time the scholarship was enjoyed upon completion of the course.
Among the privileges that DOST scholars will be receiving are tuition and other school fees up to P6,000/semester/term, monthly stipend of P5,000.00/month (for BS Physics/Applied Physics/Physics Teaching/Geology and Mining Engineering) and P4,000.00/month for other DOST-SEI priority courses, book allowance of P5,000/year, physical education uniform allowance, free transportation for one economy-class round trip fare between permanent residence and the place of study on reimbursement basis (for those studying outside their place of permanent residence), group health and accident insurance, additional privileges during summer, if required by the curriculum, and post-graduation clothing allowance.
Application forms and brochures about the scholarship can be downloaded at http://www.sei.dost.gov.ph and www.science-scholarships.ph.
For more inquiries, call the DOST-IX office at Pettit Barracks, telephone numbers (062) 991-1024 and look for Ms. Josephine Nohay; or the Provincial S&T Centers (PSTC) in upper Turno, Dipolog City, telephone numbers (065) 212-2244); in Rizal Avenue, Pagadian City, telephone numbers (062) 925-1152; and in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, telephone numbers (062) 3332793. (PNA) CTB/FMS/mec