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DOST head calls parents, teachers to support scholarship program; conducts tutorial session for applicants

by Rizalie A. Calibo

Siquijor (27 October) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is offering a half- day tutorial and orientation session for all potential students who want to avail of the DOST scholarship at the DOST Office, Pangi, Siquijor, Siquijor. This is in preparation for the upcoming S & T qualifying exam to be held on November 15, 2009 at Siquijor State College in Larena, Siquijor.

The tutorial/orientation session is aimed at providing guidelines and awareness on how to best prepare the examinees and to familiarize them on the kind of test they are going to take.

"This is going to be the first ever in the province. We are doing this because of our great desire to increase the number of scholars, most especially in these trying times where quality education costs so much", says Eng. Mario dela Pena, DOST Provincial Director.

The DOST Director is then calling the parents and teachers not to miss the opportunity and encourage their students to join saying "this scholarship grant is a once in a lifetime opportunity which will pave the way for the children’s brighter future."

I am calling all the parents and the teachers to give their full moral support and encouragement for their children", he said citing that some parents, tend to discourage their children from applying and/or taking the exam because accordingly the requirements and the exam itself is quite difficult and that the percentage of passing is very low, anyway.

DOST scholarship grants are open to students of the upper 5% of the current graduating high school or members of the graduating class or DepED recognized science high schools who wish to pursue selected BS programs in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics. High school graduates who have not enrolled in any college course may also apply.

So far in Siquijor, DOST scholarship grant listed only eight scholars who have already graduated from its start sometime in mid-80’s, he said.

Currently, he said, 19 scholars are enjoying the benefits of the program.

DOST scholarship grant includes, among others, more than P11,000.00 per semester covering P6,000.00 for tuition fees,P5,000.00 for allowances and P500.00 for textbooks and essential school supplies. (PIA) [top]

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