The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) looks forward for more scholars in Ilocos Sur with the conduct of qualifying examination for the 2019 DOST-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Undergraduate Science and Technology Scholarships on October 21 at the University of Northern Philippines (UNP).
A total of 604 aspiring science scholars took the qualifying examination held in two venues in UNP from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with morning and afternoon sessions. The examination will determine qualifiers since it is designed to test their abilities in academic and professional success primarily in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Mr. Ramon S. Sumabat, Provincial S&T Director in Ilocos Sur, said that he is expecting more qualifiers under the Undergraduate S&T Scholarships Program "since the number of examinees this year soared to 604 compared to last year's 369, due to the department's intensified scholarship campaign strategies like school-to-school visits and having dedicated scholarship booths in S&T caravans in the province".
Meanwhile, Mr. James David Alcantara, examiner, said that on October 20, 16 third year college students from Ilocos Sur also took the examination for the 2018 JLSS Program and results will be out by the end of December 2018 while for the 2019 DOST-SEI Undergraduate S&T Scholarships results will be published by the end of March 2019.
Both scholarship programs let scholars enjoy the increased monthly living allowance of Php7,000 from the previous Php5,000 Php6,000, book allowance, transportation allowance for those who are studying outside their home province, group insurance, summer or mid-year allowance as per curriculum, and post-graduation clothing allowance. In return, scholar-graduates are required to render service in the country equal to the number of years they enjoyed their scholarship.
The said scholarship will be available to eligible grade 12 students again next year and should watch out for the announcement of opening of scholarship applications which usually runs from June to August every year.