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DOST scholarships available for top students!

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is opening its scholarship grants for top students in 2013.  Provincial Science and Technology Director Allan Francis Dara-ug made the call in a press conference where he urged students who wish to pursue priority fields of study in science, mathematics, and engineering.

Republic Act 7687 or the Science and Technology Act of 1994 states that government, through DOST-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), will offer scholarships to talented and deserving high school graduates who will be financially supported to pursue specific careers in industrial technology.

Another form of scholarship under DOST is the merit-based selection wherein scholarships are awarded to students with high aptitude in science and mathematics and willing to pursue fields of science and technology.

Generally, applicants to the scholarships must be poor, talented and deserving students who belong to a family whose socio-economic status does not exceed the set values of certain indicators as approved by the advisory committee on the S&T Scholarships; a member of the top five percent of the regular high school graduating class; or a member of the graduating class of a DOST-SEI identified or a Department of Education (DepEd)-recognized science high school; a natural-born Filipino citizen; a resident of the municipality for the last four years as attested by the barangay or school records; of good moral character and in good health; a qualifier of the 2005 S&T Scholarship Examination.

This year, there are 204 DOST Scholars from 33 institutions nationwide and since 2007 there had been 520 scholars and 121 have graduated from their courses.

“Almost 90 percent of our DOST scholars get hired after graduation. They already have an edge compared to the others because of the standard they have to keep while being our scholar,” Dara-ug said. (JCM/EAD-PIA6, Negros Occidental)

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