08 August 2018
DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo (center) addressing the media during the press conference. Also in photo are DOST-SEI Deputy Director Albert Mariño (leftmost) and DOST scholar-graduate John Kenneth Malilay (rightmost).
Now is the best time to become a DOST scholar.
The Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) announced new developments on its scholarship programs, which include increased number of slots and a higher monthly stipend rate for all its scholars.
DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña and DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo made the pronouncement in a press conference held on July 18, 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila. The event coincides with the celebration of the 2018 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW), which Biyo considers an opportune time to drum up the public’s interest in DOST’s scholarship program.
Recently, DOST-SEI posted names of 8,994 new qualifiers for its undergraduate scholarship, the biggest batch since the program started in 1958. Biyo hopes to increase the number of scholars supported in all DOST-SEI scholarship programs from 20,618 in 2016 to a target number of 33,256 scholars for 2019.
DOST undergraduate scholars will also benefit from the increased monthly stipend of P7,000 per month from the previous amounts of P5,000 – P6,000. This is in addition to the P40,000 per year tuition and other school fees subsidy, P10,000 per year book allowance, one-time P1000 uniform allowance; one-time P1000 graduation allowance, one economy-class round trip fare per year for those studying outside of their home province, and group insurance.
“Through the new benefits in our Scholarship Program, we hope to get more scholars and graduates who will eventually work in S&T for the country,” de la Peña said.
(L-R) DOST scholar-graduate Ruben James Rosal, DOST-SEI Deputy Director Albert Mariño, DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo, and DOST scholar-graduate John Kenneth Malilay.
Biyo acknowledged top scholar-graduates, Ruben James Rosal and John Kenneth Malilay, who joined the panel to share their experiences as DOST scholars. “The testimonies of our scholars are always the best proof of the effectiveness of our programs,” she said.