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High school seniors may now apply for DOST-SEI scholarships

By Gilda V. Llames

Bataan (6 October) -- High school seniors, who belong to the top five percent of their school's graduating class this year, will have a chance to pursue their college education for free through R.A 7687 and merit scholarship programs of the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).

Rosalie V. Ona, chief of the DOST in Bataan, said applicants for the two scholarship programs must natural-born Filipino citizens; in good health and of good moral character; and qualifiers of the 2007 science and technology scholarship examination.

An applicant for scholarship under R.A. 7687 must also 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; must be a member of the graduating class of a DOST-SEI-identified or Department of Education-recognized science high school and a resident of the municipality for the last four years as attested by the barangay or school records.

The following are not qualified to apply for both scholarships: those who have earned units in any post-secondary/undergraduate course; those who have taken any DOST-SEI science and technology scholarship examinations and those who have applied for immigrant status in the United States or any other country.

Scholarship privileges under the two programs include: tuition and other school fees not to exceed P4,500 per semester/term; textbooks allowance of P3,000 per academic year; P500 for military of physical education uniform; one economy-class round-trip fare between permanent residence and place of study (for those studying outside of the home province); monthly living allowance; group health and accident insurance and additional privileges during summer (if required in the curriculum).

For the scholarship program under R.A. 7687, an awardee may enroll in any state university , college or tertiary institution identified as centers of excellence or centers of development by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) while for the DOST-SEI merit scholarship, an awardee may enroll in the following: Bulacan State University in Malolos City, Holy Angel University in Angeles City, Tarlac State University in Tarlac City and at the Wesleyan University in Cabanatuan City.

Deadline for the filing of application forms for the two scholarship programs is on November 10, 2006 and examination is set in December 3.

Interested parties may get in touch with the DOST regional or provincial office in their area for more details about these scholarship programs. (PIA-Bataan) [top]

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