DOST opens scholarship programs for school year 2015-2016

ZAMBOANGA CITY, June 26 (PNA) –- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through the Science Education Institute (SEI), announced the opening of the Science and Technology (S&T) scholarships for School Year 2015-2016.

DOST Regional Director Brenda Nazareth-Manzano said Thursday that the applications for the 2015 Science and Technology Scholarship Program are now available to graduating senior high school students here who intend to pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Manzano said the DOST-SEI offers two scholarship programs, which are the Republic Act 7687 otherwise known as the Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994 and the Merit Scholarship Program.

The R.A. 7687 is open to poor, talented and deserving students while the Merit Scholarships Program is for qualified applicants whose families’ socio-economic status exceeds the indicator.

Manzano said the applicants to the scholarship program must be senior high school students belonging to the upper five percent of the graduating class and natural-born Filipino citizens of good moral character and must not be applying for resident or immigration status in any country.

She said the application forms and scholarship brochures can be obtained at the DOST regional office at Pettit Barracks, this city; and Provincial Science and Technology Centers in Poblacion, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay; Upper Turno, Dipolog City; and, Rizal Avenue, Pagadian City.

Online application is available through http://science-scholarships.ph/ and the deadline for filing of application is on August 22, this year. Examination date is on September 21, 2014.

Manzano said qualified applicants are provided opportunities to pursue four-or five-year baccalaureate degrees in priority science and technology fields in agriculture, geology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, statistics, computer science, food technology, robotics, mechanical engineering, and other.

Manzano said qualified students would be selected on the basis of their performance in the national scholarship examination.

She said scholarship awardees must seek admission and enroll in any of the institutions identified by DOST-SEI.

She said that 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 free tuition and school fees subsidy up to P10,000 per semester, P5,000 textbook allowance, 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), monthly living allowance, group health and accident insurance, additional privileges during summer, if required by the curriculum, and post-graduation clothing allowance. (PNA)