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4,259 pass 2009 science and technology scholarship exam

Manila (16 June) -- DOST Secretary Dr. Estrella F. Alabastro announces that 4,259 high school students have qualified under the 2009-2010 DOST SEI Undergraduate Scholarship Program, or RA 7687.

The present number of scholars came from 21,648 hopefuls who took the scholarship exam last November 9, 2008 in various testing centers throughout the country. Of these, 3,364 incoming freshmen are eligible under the Science Scholarship Act of 1994 (RA 7687) program, the government's science scholarship program for the poor and underprivileged.

In CALABARZON, qualifiers under RA 7687 are the following: Bachelor of Science scholarship program qualifiers number 199, followed by 204 Merit B Full Scholars; 24 qualifiers under the Ladderized Scholarships; and 9 qualifiers under the Bachelor of Science scholarships with bridging subjects in selected schools. On the other hand, incoming first year college students who qualified for the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program A are 133.

DOST also allotted 60 slots for the Bridging Education in Science and Technology for Indigeneous People (BEST fir IP) program; and 33 slots for the Grants for Educational Assistance on Technology and Science Teaching Courses in Mindanao (GREAT-M).

Qualifiers availing of the scholarship will receive tuition fees, monthly stipend, book allowance, transportation and health insurance, among others. Dr. Ester B. Ogena, Director of the Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (SEI-DOST) announced that the new scholars will enjoy greater privileges like increase in tuition fee subsidy and monthly stipends.

Qualifiers will receive a notice of scholarship award from DOST-SEI or the DOST Regional Offices stating the date of orientation and contract signing,. Each qualifier is required to report to the designated venue with a parent/guardian and to bring the following documents: accompanying parent/guardian's 2008 residence certificate and fee for documentary stamp and notarization fee. A legal guardian is required to present his/her affidavit of guardianship.

The government's Science Scholarship program was born together with the creation of the National Science Development Board, the precursor of the DOST. Starting with only 10 awardees, it ha increased yearly until the establishment of Republic Act 7687 or the Science Scholarship Act of 1994. RA 7687 paved the way for a massive scholarship program with the government awarding, at present, 4,000 slots to qualified students annually. For 2009, 1000 slots are being made available for graduate scholars in science and technology. (DOST/PIA) [top]

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