A total of 288 graduating senior high school students from Davao region have qualified for the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Science Education Institute (DOSTSEI) Scholarship Programs for 2020.
Of the said number, 124 qualified under the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program while 159 students qualified for RA 7687 Scholarship Program. The Merit Scholarship program, formerly known as the NSDB or NSTA Scholarship under RA No. 2067, is awarded to students with high aptitude in science and mathematics and is willing to pursue careers in the fields of science and technology. On the other hand, the RA 7687 Scholarship Program or the “Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994” is granted to talented and deserving students from families whose socio-economic status do not exceed levels considered as high income. Qualifiers under this program must pursue priority fields of study in basic sciences, engineering, other applied sciences, and science and mathematics teaching.
These qualifiers must pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program in any of the priority fields of study in a state university or college or any private higher education institution recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center of Excellence or Center of Development or with FAAP Level III accreditation for the BS program that he/she intends to enroll in.
Based on the results released by DOST-SEI on March 29, 2020, Davao City has the highest number of passers among provinces/other cities in the Davao region with 170 qualifiers, followed by Davao del Norte with 48, and Davao del Sur with 32.
The privileges of an S&T scholar includes a monthly stipend at ₱7,000, tuition fee subsidy up to ₱40,000 per academic year for those who are enrolled in private universities and colleges; book allowance; MS/PE clothing allowance (one-time only); one economy-class round trip fare per year for those studying outside of their home province; outright thesis allowance; and group accident insurance.
The scholars are required to render service in the country along their fields of specialization after graduation for a period equivalent to the number of years they enjoyed the scholarship as a return service.
"Now more than ever, we need young people to serve as ambassadors of science as the issues we face in terms of natural disasters, health pandemics, and others rely on sound scientific information to make better decisions for the public good," Dr. Josette Biyo, DOSTSEI Director said.
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