Seventy-five third year college students enrolled in Negros Oriental passed the nationwide examination for the Junior Level Science Scholarship offered by the Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology.
The JLSS program supports the DOST-SEI's goal of increasing the number of scientists and engineers in the country.
The program implements three laws: Republic Act No. 2067 or Merit Scholarship Program, RA No. 7687 (Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994), and RA No. 10612 (Fast-Tracked S&T Scholarship Act of 2013).
Of the 75 qualifiers, 38 qualified under RA 7687, 26 under RA 10612, and 11 under RA 2067.
The 2017 passing rate has significantly increased compared to the 15 percent in 2016.
RA 10612 supports the execution of Section 8 of the K to 12 law by providing a pool of scholar-graduates who can competently teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, in the basic education level.
As qualifiers, they can enjoy a 2-3 year DOST scholarship in their current courses. The scholarship entitles them to subsidies for tuition and other school fees, monthly living allowance, book allowance, among others, starting June in the academic year 2017-2018.
The successful examinees are taking up S&T priority courses in science, engineering, and science/mathematics teaching. Forty-nine of them are currently enrolled in the NORSU Main Campus, 11 in NORSU Bais City Campus; 8 in Silliman University; 3 in Foundation University; and one each in Maxino College, NORSU Bayawan-Sta. Catalina, Pamplona and Siaton campuses.
The DOST Negros Oriental Provincial S&T Center has scheduled the Qualifiers' Orientation and Contract Signing on February 7, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Negros Oriental State University-Main Campus I Gymnasium.
To view the full list of qualifiers, those interested may visit www.sei.dost.gov.ph or contact (035) 421-2100 or 225-4551 for inquiries.*RG
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