Some 64 graduating senior high students from Palawan have passed the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) 2020 scholarship program.

The Palaweño passers are part of the 9,788 qualified scholars nationwide.

DOST announced that out of the total figure, an estimated 5,917 qualified as scholars under the Republic Act 7687 Scholarship Program for academically-talented students who belong to economically disadvantaged families, while 3,871 qualified under the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program.

About 102,526 examinees took the 2020 DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarship Examination held on October 20, 2019, in 347 test centers nationwide.

DOST-SEI director Dr. Josette T. Biyo said in a statement that the scholarship grants will provide students greater opportunities, especially those who are hard up in life as they pursue a college science degree.

“This scholarship program is certainly a package of opportunities as qualifiers, especially those who are underprivileged, will get to continue their education in leading universities and colleges. We are hopeful that they – 4 or 5 years from now – will undertake productive efforts in the areas of research and development, industry and innovation, and S&T services,” Dr. Biyo said.

The new science and technology scholars will receive a monthly stipend of ₱7,000; tuition fee subsidy up to ₱40,000 per academic year for those who are enrolled in private universities and colleges; book allowance; MS/PE clothing allowance (one-time only); one economy-class roundtrip fare per year for those studying outside of their home province; outright thesis allowance, and group accident insurance, the agency stated.

The qualifiers of the DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarship must pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program in any of the priority fields of study at a state university or college or any private higher education institution that is recognized by Commission on Higher Education as Center of Excellence or Center of Development or with FAAP Level III accreditation for the BS program that the students intend to enroll in.

After graduation, the scholars are required to render service in the country along with their fields of specialization “for a period equivalent to the number of years they enjoyed the scholarship as a return service”.

DOST Palawan has posted the names of 64 Palaweño passers on their Facebook page and advised examinees to refer to this post for the list of MIMAROPA region qualifiers:

They may also check this post to get the names of nationwide qualifiers:

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