/ 14 June 2022

THE DEPARTMENT of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute announced that 10,487 students qualified for the 2022 Science and Technology undergraduate scholarships.

Of the number, 5,567 qualified for the Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994 while 4,920 qualified for the Merit program.

“The Institute is pleased to award these scholarships to these students who have indicated interest in careers in S&T. They have been the core part of our mandate since SEI’s foundation 35 years ago,” Dr. Josette Biyo, DOST-SEI director, said.

“We believe that this year’s batch of qualifiers will add to the pool of highly qualified scientists and engineers in the future and will take active participation and leadership roles especially in S&T research and development activities,” she added.

The scholars will receive a monthly stipend of P7,000, a tuition subsidy of up to P40,000 per academic year for those enrolled in private higher education institutions and an annual book allowance.

They will also get a one-time Military Science or Physical Education clothing allowance, an economy-class roundtrip fare for those studying outside their home province, group health and accident insurance and thesis allowance.

“Aside from the financial benefits that the scholars enjoy, the Institute has support programs which can help them grow holistically and become productive citizens of the country. We are more than happy to welcome them to the S&T community and to support them as they pursue their S&T degree programs,” Biyo said.

Graduates from the scholarship program are required to render service to the country, preferably in their field of specialization, equivalent to the number of years they enjoyed the scholarship.

Meanwhile, DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña is optimistic that the new scholars will be a significant addition to the country’s pool of S&T experts.

“In 4 or 5 years, these scholars will become S&T professionals who will be working on basic and innovative R&D activities and S&T services and eventually become leaders in various industry sector,” De la Peña said.

“We continue to support the country’s goal of producing world-class S&T human resources as this is an important component of our socio-economic development,” he added.