COTABATO CITY, Jan. 9 (PIA) Seventy 3rd year college students in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) passed the Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) Program of the Department of Science Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).
ARMM Science and Technology Secretary Myra Mangkabung said the number was so far the highest the region has recorded, almost threefold as compared to the 24 scholarship qualifiers in 2016.
JLSS is a scholarship program of the DOST-SEI under the Republic Act (RA) No. 7687 (Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994), RA No. 10612 (Fast-Tracked S&T Scholarship Act of 2013), and the Merit Scholarship Program.
Scholars of the program may avail of the two to three-year S&T scholarships.
Those who qualify under RA No. 7687 and RA No. 10612 are entitled to subsidy in tuition fee and other school fees, including monthly living allowance, book allowance and among others, in the last two or three years of their undergraduate studies.
Those who qualify under the Merit Scholarship Program will receive the same benefits except for the pro-rated monthly stipend based on the scholar's family socio-economic status.
The new JLSS scholars will receive their scholarship incentives effective on the first semester of 2018.
Mangkabung attributed the increase of the number of scholarship qualifiers to the region's Syensiya-bilidad" program, an initiative aimed at developing the skills of the students who would be taking the examinations.
Syensiya-bilidad program is a two-day comprehensive review composed of two parts, namely: Intellective Speed and Intellective Power Test.
It was designed to help students master the skills and concepts needed to pass the DOST-SEI scholarship examination.
DOST-ARMM also conducted an intensive information drive dubbed as "Push 4 Science" to raise awareness on DOST-SEI's scholarship programs.
"With the continued efforts of the region, we are confident that we will produce more competent S&T students," Mangkabung said adding that they have also increased the number of testing centers in the region. (SJDuerme<Bolongon-PIA Cotabato with report from BPI-ARMM)