ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Sept 6 (PIA) — The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) will be open for college scholarship applications through the DOST-Rizal Provincial Science and Technology Center until October 5.
DOST-SEI will award Bachelor of Science degree scholarships to graduating fourth year high school students nationwide, who will pursue priority field studies in science, mathematics, and engineering in accredited universities.
According to DOST-Rizal, the categories of scholarships are the RA 7687 scholarship for underprivileged applicants and merit scholarships.
RA 7687 or the S&T Scholarship Act of 1994 states that scholarships are to be provided to applicants who belong to a family whose socio-economic status does not exceed the set values of certain indicators as approved by the Advisory Committee on the S&T Scholarships.
Applicants should also be a member of the top five percent of the regular high school graduating class; or a member of the graduating class of a DOST-SEI identified or DepEd recognized science high school; a natural born Filipino citizen; resident of the municipality for the last four years as attested by the barangay/school records; of good moral character and in good health; and a qualifier of the S&T Scholarship Examination.
Merit scholarships apply for those who are above the standards of RA 7687.
DOST reiterates however that only priority science courses will be allowed scholarships grants.
Applicants will also be required to work in the country or in government service upon graduation as a DOST-SEI scholar for a period of time depending on the number of years taken course. This is done to encourage graduates to utilize their education in service of the country.
DOST-Rizal Research Specialist Michael Carpio said applicants should first pass examinations given by DOST-SEI and an accredited university. For 2012, the DOST-SEI examinations will be on November 18.
Students with high aptitude in science and mathematics may be allowed scholarships in the following institutions; Adamson University, Aquinas University, Ateneo de Davao University, Ateneo de Manila University, Batangas State University, Bulacan State University, Cagayan State University, Central Philippine University, De La Salle University, Don Bosco Technical College, Holy Angel University, Mapua Institute of Technology, Mariano Marcos State University, MSU-IIT, Philippine Normal University, Rizal Technical University, Siliman University, St. Louis Univeristy, Tarlac State University, Technical University of the Philippines-Manila, University of the East, University of Mindanao, UNO-Recoletos, University of the Philippines, University of San Carlos, University of South Eastern Philippines, University of Sto. Tomas, University of St. La Salle, Visayas State University, Xavier University, Wesleyan University, Western Institute of Technology and Western Mindanao University.
“We have distributed application forms in public and private high schools in Rizal for applicants but forms are also available at the DOST-Rizal provincial office,” said Carpio.
DOST-Rizal encourages applicants to pass their forms and requirements ideally before the deadline.
However, those who have earned units in any post-secondary or undergraduate course, previous DOST-SEI takers and applicants for immigrant status in the USA or any country are not qualified to apply for the DOST scholarships.
For more information on the requirements for RA 7867 and merit scholarships and the list of accredited courses, the DOST-Rizal Provincial Science and Technology Center can be reached at telephone number 661-2386 or visited at the University of Rizal System- Morong Campus, Brgy. San Juan, Morong, Rizal. (GG-PIA4A)