BARMM, Philippines — To orient qualifiers about the S & T Undergraduate Scholarship Program and its benefits, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), conducted a virtual orientation through Zoom Platform on March 29 and July 6, 2022.


Forty qualifiers in the Bangsamoro region attended the activity together with their parents. There are ten (10) qualifiers in the Merit Scholarship Program, ten (10) in the RA 7687 Scholarship Program, and twenty (20) in the Junior Level Science Scholarship Program (JLSS).


Minister Aida Silongan congratulated the awardees who have qualified for the scholarship program and motivated students that choosing the scholarship program would help them in their education journey in college.


“We are happy that you made the decision to join and qualified this great program. Congratulations! As you will sign soon the contract of agreement, you made the correct choice and you are in the right track.” Minister Silongan said. 


Rocaya G. Edres, MOST’s Science Education, Scholarships, Grants, and Awards (SESGA) Head, presented the scholarship policies and informed the qualifiers about signing the contract process.


She explained that once qualifiers decide to become DOST-SEI scholars, they will sign four copies of the scholarship agreement with their parents and return all signed documents to DOST-SEI.


The following are the scholarship privileges that qualifiers will receive during their actual period of study: tuition and other school fees worth P40, 000.00/academic year, book allowance worth P10, 000.00/academic year, stipend worth P10,000.00/month, clothing, transportation, group incident insurance, thesis allowance, and graduation allowance.


DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarship Program aims to stimulate and entice talented Filipino youth to pursue lifetime productive careers in science and technology and ensure a steady, adequate supply of qualified S&T human resources to steer the country towards national progress. 


It has two programs: The DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program, formerly known as the NSDB or NSTA Scholarship under RA No. 2067, awarded to students with high aptitude in science and mathematics and who are willing to pursue careers in the fields of science and technology, and the Republic Act No. 7687, also known as the “Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994”, provides for scholarships to talented and deserving students whose families’ socio-economic status does not exceed the set cut-off values of specific indicators. 


On the other hand, the Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) Program aims to provide scholarships that will finance the education of talented and deserving students in their third year of college and who are pursuing degree programs in the areas of science and technology; and ensure a steady, adequate supply of qualified S&T human resources who can steer the country towards national progress.


For more information, you may visit their website and official FB Page, Science Education Institute – Department of Science and Technology about DOST Scholarship Programs.