23 December 2018
Hundreds of ongoing third year college students will get to celebrate the holidays early as the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) announces the qualifiers in the 2018 Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) examination, which was administered last October 20 nationwide.
A total of 946 qualifiers who are regular third year college students enrolled in various S&T courses are set to enjoy the JLSS starting the first semester of the academic year 2018-2019. The JLSS is a scholarship program under the Republic Act No. 2067 or the Merit Scholarship Program, R. A. No. 7687 or the “S&T Scholarship Act of 1994,” and R.A. No. 10612 or the “Fast-Tracked S&T Scholarship Act of 2013.”
Qualifiers to the program will receive tuition subsidy, monthly stipend, book allowance, among others, for two to three years under the scholarship. Earlier this year, DOST-SEI announced the improved scholarship benefit rates for its scholars.
The R. A. 2067 and R. A. 7687 are implemented in support of the overall goal of increasing the number of scientists and engineers that will help boost knowledge creation and economic productivity in the country. R. A. 10612, on the other hand, supports the implementation of the K to 12 law by developing a pool of scholar-graduates who can competently teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the secondary education, particularly in senior high school.
Scholars under the RA 10612 are expected to teach STEM, ideally in their respective home regions, as their return-service. Meanwhile, graduates of the RA 7687 and RA 2067 Programs are required to work along their fields of specialization in the country for a period equivalent to the length of years they benefitted from the scholarship program.
“All of these programs are aimed at giving us a better chance to achieve national development. We need scientists, engineers, researchers, innovators, and educators that will push us to greater heights and start a positive momentum towards inclusive growth,” said Dr. Josette Biyo, Director of DOST-SEI.
SEI believes that with the highest financial support in its scholarship programs’ history, it will be able to invite the best students to really pursue careers in the sciences.
“Through the DOST-SEI Scholarship Programs, we expect our scholars to be responsible citizens who can serve as beacons to the Filipino Youth who have the potential to join them in using S&T as a way to make lives of the Filipino people better,” Biyo added. (30)