DOST to get 13,000 more scholars

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Biyo speaks during the press conference (DOST photo)

MANILA—The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) said it was planning to increase the number of its scholars to 33,000 next year.

DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña and DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo made the announcement in a press conference on July 18 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.

Recently, DOST-SEI posted the names of the 8,994 students who qualified for its undergraduate scholarship, the biggest batch since the program started in 1958.

Biyo said she hopes to increase the number of DOST scholars from 20,618 in 2016 to 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 P1,000 uniform allowance; one-time P1,000 graduation allowance, one economy-class round trip fare per year for those studying outside of their home province, and group insurance.

Interested Grade 12 students can submit their applications for the 2019 DOST-SEI Undergraduate Science and Technology Scholarship until Aug. 31. The exam will be on Oct. 21.

Incoming 3rd year college students taking identified S&T programs are likewise invited to apply in the Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) program. JLSS application ends on Sept. 14. The exam is on Oct. 20.

For more details, you may visit www. sei.dost.gov.ph or email seischolarships@gmail. com.

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