DoST to allow non-STEM grade 12 students to apply for tech scholarships

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GRADE 12 STUDENTS in non-science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) tracks will now be permitted to apply for the government’s science and technology (S&T) scholarships.

In a statement Thursday, the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DoST-SEI) said applications for the 2020 Undergraduate Scholarships Program are now open to graduating senior high school students. DoST-SEI added: “Application is open to students in the STEM strand but non-STEM students may also apply provided they belong to the top 5% of their graduating class.”

Applicants should also be natural-born Filipino citizens who are physically healthy and have good morals. Applicants can apply either as a scholar qualified under Republic Act 7687 or “Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994” or as a Merit Scholar with high aptitude in Mathematics and Science.

Application forms can be accessed at www.sei.dost.gov.ph. Completed applications can be submitted to any DoST regional or provincial office to the DoST-SEI Science and Technology Scholarship Division office in Taguig.

The deadline for applications is Sept. 6 with an examination scheduled for Oct. 20. Applicants for the 2020 S&T Undergraduate Scholarships must pursue a Bachelor of Science degree program in any institution accredited as a Center of Excellence or Center of Development by the Commission on Higher Education. Alternatively, the institution can also be a Level III school as rated by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines.

DoST-SEI said accepted applicants “will receive financial assistance of P40,000 per academic year to cover tuition and other school fees, a living allowance of P7,000 per month, book allowance of P10,000 per academic year, a transportation allowance for those who will be studying outside their home region (on a reimbursement basis), group accident insurance, and graduation clothing allowance.” — Gillian M. Cortez

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