01 August 2021
College life will now be a little easier for 785 science undergraduates.
This, as the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) announced said number of qualifiers to its Junior Level Science Scholarships (JLSS), a program for incoming regular third year college students who are enrolled in priority science and technology courses.
Unlike in previous years, DOST-SEI did not hold a national qualifying examination due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the applicants underwent eligibility screenings using the JLSS E-Scholarship Application System, where documentary requirements including grades for the first two years of college were scrutinized. Data analytics was employed to determine the qualifiers.
Among the total qualifiers, 303 were marked with an asterisk to their names implying some lacking documents. They will be sent a notice to complete said requirements.
The total number may also increase as 315 more—marked with two asterisks in their names—are still under consideration, pending completion of requirements and subject to further evaluation.
“For several years, the result of the scholarship examination is one of the most important criteria in the selection of new scholarship qualifiers. Suspending the conduct of the face-to-face examination was not an easy decision for SEI. However, with the use of data analytics, I believe that we are able to identify qualifiers and award this scholarship to deserving third year college students,” said DOST-SEI Director, Dr. Josette T. Biyo.
Qualifiers who will avail of the program will enjoy two to three years of scholarship benefits, which include tuition subsidy, monthly stipend, book allowance, and others. Effectivity of the scholarship award is in the First Semester of Academic Year 2020-2021, which means scholars will receive financial assistance for the previous months retroactively.
The JLSS has three component programs: a) RA 7687 program, which provides for socioeconomically challenged students; b) Merit program, which gives chance to students with high aptitude in STEM; and c) RA 10612, which aims to accelerate the production of science and mathematics teachers in secondary schools.
Both the Merit and R.A. 7687 scholarship programs aims to produce more Filipino scientists and engineers to support knowledge creation and economic productivity in the country. Scholar-graduates of these programs are required to work along their fields of specialization in the country for a period equivalent to the length of the scholarship coverage.
The R.A. 10612, on the other hand, provides for competent science and mathematics teachers in senior high schools through the employment of the graduates of this program by the Department of Education (DepEd), in support of the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 (RA 10533) or the K to 12 Act.
“The pandemic continues to challenge us in many ways, but we at SEI remain committed to provide opportunities to deserving students through the scholarships. With the addition of this new batch of qualifiers, I am certain that they will continue the culture of making a difference in people’s lives through science and technology. We look forward to what they can contribute in the next few years,” Dr. Biyo added.
Each qualifier shall receive a notice of award from the DOST-SEI or the DOST Regional Office stating the schedule of the Orientation on the Scholarship Policies and Signing of the Scholarship Agreement. The qualifier and parent/legal guardian must attend the virtual orientation within August 2021. Those under consideration will also be sent a notice indicating their lacking documents which must be submitted on or before August 31, 2021.