29 August 2021
The long wait is over for the applicants to the 2021 DOST-SEI S&T Undergraduate Scholarships as the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) announces today the names of qualifiers to the said program.
The DOST-SEI did not conduct the national scholarship qualifying examination in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Institute employed data analytics and proxy indicators in place of the exam to identify qualifiers.
Documentary requirements were collected through the agency’s E-Scholarship Application System beginning June 2020. These documents, including the students’ grades in Grades 9-11, which were obtained and verified from their respective schools, were evaluated.
“In the face of the new normal, we had to adopt a new selection scheme to determine the qualifiers for our scholarships. We wish to highlight that each application was meticulously validated, and the collection of grades took some time; thus, it took us several months before we could finally release the results,” said DOST-SEI Director, Dr. Josette T. Biyo.
Of this year’s qualifiers, 3,815 qualified under the RA 7687 program—scholarships for gifted students who belong to economically disadvantaged families; while 4,252 qualified under the Merit program. They will receive notice of award sometime in September courtesy of DOST-SEI or the concerned DOST Regional Offices.
In the list, 2,042 names were marked with one asterisk implying some lacking documents; while some names were withheld pending completion and evaluation of requirements. DOST-SEI will notify them to complete their requirements.
“These senior high school graduates have shown tremendous resiliency and dedication by continuing their education despite the challenges of the new way of learning. I believe that we are able to identify deserving students to our scholarship programs. We are happy to welcome them to the S&T community and to support them in their next chapter in the higher education level,” Dr. Biyo added.
Qualifiers who will avail of the program will enjoy full benefits of the scholarship for the whole duration of their S&T program. These include monthly stipend of ₱7,000; a tuition fee subsidy of up to ₱40,000 per academic year for those who will enroll in private institutions; annual book allowance; one-time MS/PE clothing allowance; one economy-class roundtrip fare per year for those studying outside their home province; group health and accident insurance, and thesis allowance. The scholarship award takes effect in the First Semester of Academic Year 2021-2022.
To avail the scholarship award, qualifiers must enroll in a priority S&T course in state universities and colleges, or in private higher education institutions recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as Centers of Excellence or Centers of Development or with Level III accreditation from the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines. The list of priority S&T courses can be found in the DOST-SEI website.
DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña said that the DOST scholarship programs will provide the awardees access to quality education in the higher educational institutions, which will help boost the number of our scientists and engineers needed to drive economic productivity and knowledge creation in the country.
“As it is vital that the country has the scientific talents it needs to maintain its global competitiveness and economic development, we look at scholarships as one solid way to help ensure that we are meeting the S&T human resource requirements in our country. With the increasing number of scholarship applicants and slots every year, we are hopeful that we will fill the gaps in the labor market and drive innovation across all sectors,” said Secretary de la Peña.
DOST-SEI scholars are required to render service in the country, preferably along their fields of specialization, after graduation for a period equivalent to the number of years they enjoyed the scholarship.
The qualifiers and their parents/legal guardian must attend the Orientation on the Scholarship Policies prior to signing the Scholarship Agreement. DOST-SEI said it will happen sometime in September or October 2021. Those with lacking requirements must submit the needed documents on or before September 30, 2021.