MANILA - Thousands of aspiring scientists and engineers will enter college under the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute scholarship program.
The country’s premier science scholarship program, back after a two-year hiatus due to the implementation of the K-12 curriculum, announced that 8,994 qualified for its RA 7687 and Merit Scholarship programs.
Out of the total number of passers, 5,172 qualified as scholars under the RA 7687 Scholarship Program, or the scholarships for gifted students who belong to economically disadvantaged families; while 3,822 passed under the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program.
It’s a record-breaking year for DOST-SEI as the number of qualified students reached the highest mark since the scholarship program started in 1958, surpassing 2015’s 5,303 qualifiers by 69.60 percent. The 2018 DOST-SEI Scholarships Examination, which was held on October 15, 2017 in 216 test centers nationwide, recorded the highest number of examinees, with 46,434 students.
Municipalities and congressional districts covered by the DOST-SEI Scholarship Program also increased, from 1,568 in 2015 to 1,609 this year, representing 97 percent of the country’s total number of municipalities and congressional districts.
The new S&T scholars, as well as the ongoing scholars, will enjoy the new stipend rate at P7,000/month across all disciplines.
They are also entitled to tuition subsidy, book allowance, MS/PE clothing allowance, one economy-class roundtrip fare per year for those studying outside of their home province, and group accident insurance.
DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the increase in number of DOST scholars is not only favorable to the qualifiers and their families but also to the country where more S&T professionals are needed in addressing a number of national concerns.*PNA
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