DOST V awards Junior Level Science Scholarship to 172 Bicolano third year college students, SY 2017-2018

06 March 2017

In the pursuit for Science and Technology (S&T) excellence, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region V recently awarded the Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) to the successful passers in the 13 November 2016 scholarship examination. Simultaneously conducted in various colleges and universities throughout the country, a total of seven thousand one hundred two (7,102) aspiring third year college students took the exam.

Two thousand one hundred ninety-six (2,196) passers or 30.9% passing rate, now belong to the new batch of JLSS scholars. One hundred seventy-two (172) of the scholars are Bicolanos. This consists of 31.4% passing rate for the five hundred forty nine (549) examinees, an 8.40% increase compared to the previous year’s result of 23% (seventy six (76) out of the three hundred twenty-nine (329) examinees).

JLSS is a two-three (2-3) year scholarship program embodied under Republic Act 7687 (“Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994”), Republic Act 10612 (“Fast-Tracked S&T Scholarship Act of 2013”), and the Merit Scholarship Program. These programs are aimed to produce competent and scientifically inclined individuals who will work hand in hand with government to uplift national S&T endeavors. Qualified graduates under Republic Act 10612 are offered teaching jobs in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as DOST’s support to the K to 12 program of the Department of Education (DepEd).

The new batch of JLSS scholars for SY 2017-2018 attended the DOST V “Orientation on Scholarship Policies and Signing of Scholarship Agreement” on 03 February 2017, and 30 January and 07 February 2017 for the RA 7687/Merit and RA 10612, respectively held at the Bicol University College of Science Function Hall, Legazpi City.

Dir. Tomas B. Briñas, Regional Director, DOST V welcomed the JLSS scholars together with their parents/guardians in this special gathering. In his message, the JLSS scholars have important roles in the quest for S&T excellence and global competitiveness of the country’s human resources. They too, shall become partners of DOST in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) programs, activities and projects (PAPs) anchored on the theme “Science for Change: Science for the People”.

Engr. Domingo A. Peña, Jr., Science Research Specialist II/S&T Scholarship Regional Coordinator, DOST V presented the scholarship benefits and requirements. The scholars and their parents were also reminded of their responsibilities during and after the scholarship duration.

Among the JLSS benefits are tuition and other school fees at P10,000/semester or P8,000/trimester; book allowance for P10,000/year; group insurance (Premium); transportation allowance [one (1) – economy class roundtrip fare]; and monthly living allowance for BS Physics/Applied Physics/Physics Teaching/Geology/Mining Engineering/Agriculture and Fisheries students: Full (P6,000), Partial (P4,150) and Special (3,825); and for other DOST-SEI priority areas: Full (P5,000); Partial (P3,400) and Special (P3,200). While enrolled in summer, the scholars are entitled to tuition and other school fees for P1,500; book allowance for P500 (to submit official receipt) and scholar’s allowance for two (2) months. A graduation clothing allowance of P1,000 is also allocated for the scholars.

Dir. Tomas B. Briñas inspired the JLSS scholars who have potentials and the determination to pursue a STEM career after four-five (4-5) years in college. Through achievements and as advocates for change they have also so much to offer in S&T advancement and the regional/national economic growth and development. (Dr. P.O.Lucena/Engr. D.A. Peña/Ms. X.T.L. Vibar, DOST V).