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Science and Technology Scholarships (RA 7687)

We are now in the era of global competitiveness. The Philippine economy, more than ever, requires specialized technical manpower to meet the demands of the present times as well as to cope up with the rapid changes in science and technology brought about by the developments in highly industrialized countries.

Presently, our labor-market situation shows that there is a limited and prescribed demand for scientists/engineers and a scarcity of technicians. The technician is one who occupies a position between that of the engineer and the craftsman and whose education and specialized skills enable him to render proper technical judgment. He interprets designs, implements them into working models and sees to it that the craftsman's job is done properly.

In response to this concern of developing a greater number of competent technical manpower, the Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994 (Republic Act 7687) was created. By this legislation, the government through the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) is offering scholarships in various technology areas. Talented and deserving high school graduates will be financially supported to pursue specific careers in industrial technology. These scholars will be trained in the different accredited Technical Education Institutions to become part of the country's much-needed technical workforce.

A. General Criteria of Eligibility:

The applicant must be:

  1. A poor, talented and deserving student who belongs to a family whose socio-economic status does not exceed the set values of certain indicators as approved by the Advisory Committee on the S&T Scholarships.
  2. A member of the top five percent (5%) of the regular high school graduating class; or
  3. A member of the graduating class of a DOST-SEI identified or DepEd recognized science high school.
  4. A natural-born Filipino citizen;
  5. A resident of the municipality for the last 4 years as attested by the barangay/school records;
  6. Of good moral character and in good health;
  7. A qualifier of the 2005 S&T Scholarship Examination.

The following are NOT QUALIFIED to apply:

  1. Those who have earned units in any post-secondary/undergraduate course.
  2. Those who have taken any DOST-SEI Science and Technology Scholarship Examination.
  3. Those who have applied for resident/immigrant status in the USA or any other country.

B. Scholarship Privileges:

  1. Tuition and other school fees not to exceed Php 4,500/semester/term.
  2. Allowance for prescribed textbooks and essential school supplies at Php 3,000/academic year.
  3. Outright grant for prescribed Military Science/Physical Education uniform of Php 500.00 for first semester, first year only.
  4. Free transportation for one economy-class round trip fare between permanent residence and place of study on reimbursement basis (for those studying outside of their home province).
  5. Monthly living allowance for a 10-11 month duration:
    • For those who will pursue Physics, Physics Teaching Courses, a monthly living allowance of Php 4,000; and,
    • For those who will pursue other DOST priority courses, a monthly living allowance of Php 3,000.00.
  6. Group health and accident insurance;
  7. Additional privileges during summer, if required in the curriculum such as:
    • Monthly living allowance during the required period;
    • Tuition and other school fees not to exceed Php 1,500;
    • Actual purchase of textbooks and essential school supplies not to exceed Php 500.00 (official receipts required).

C. Items to be Submitted:

  1. DOST-SEI Information Sheet (using Form A);
  2. Household Profile (Form B)
  3. Health Certificate from a licensed physician (Form C);
  4. Certification of Good Moral Character from guidance counselor/principal (Form D);
  5. Certification from the high school principal on the following (Form E):
    • That the applicant belongs to the upper 5% of the regular high school graduating class (Form E-1); or
    • That the applicant belongs to the upper 5% graduating class of DOST-SEI identified or DepEd recognized science high school (Form E-2)
    • Total number of candidates for graduation
  6. Statement of applicant that he/she has not taken any undergraduate units or post secondary course (Form F);
  7. Statement of parent that applicant has no pending application for immigrant/resident status in the USA or any other country (Form G);
  8. Certification of residency from barangay captain (Form H);
  9. Two recent photographs (1"x1") taken within the month of application, one to be attached to the DOST-SEI Information Sheet and the other to the Test Permit;
  10. Photocopy of Birth Certificate.

    Note: All certifications are found in the Application Form.

D. Where to Secure/File Application:

Application forms can be obtained at the Science Education Institute, 3rd Floor, PTRI Bldg., Bicutan, Taguig City, MM., DOST Regional Offices/Provincial Science and Technology Centers (PSTC) or Offices of the Congressmen.

Accomplished form can be filed at the Science Education Institute, 3rd Floor, PTRI Bldg., Bicutan, Taguig City, MM., or DOST Regional Office/PSTC nearest the applicant's school or home address.

E. Scholarship Requirements:

  1. An awardee shall enroll in any of the DOST-SEI identified institutions including state colleges and universities and in CHED Centers of Excellence/Centers of Development.
    • He/She should pass the qualifying examination for admission by the university where he/she plans to enroll.
  2. An awardee shall comply with the terms of the scholarship agreement to be entered into between himself/herself, parents or legal guardian and the DOST-SEI.
  3. After signing the Scholarship Agreement, the awardee’s name shall be included in the lists of scholars needing clearance from DOST-SEI forwarded to the Department of Foreign Affairs, National Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Immigration.
  4. An awardee shall maintain the grade requirement of the scholarship.
  5. Upon completion of his/her course, an awardee shall serve in the country preferably in his/her home region on full time basis along his/her field of training for a minimum period equivalent to the length of time he/she enjoyed this scholarship.

F. Examination Coverage:

This is an aptitude test designed to measure abilities that determine academic and professional success in the different areas in science and technology. The test is divided into two major components:

  1. Intellective
    1. Scientific Ability
    2. Quantitative Ability
    3. Mechanical and Technical Ability
    4. Linguistic Ability
    5. Imagery
    6. Working Memory
    7. Sensorimotor Ability
  2. Non-Intellective

G. Selection Criteria:

The awardees shall be selected on the basis of their performance in the 2005 S & T Scholarship Examination.

H. Final Selection:

The list of awardees as approved and announced by the DOST Secretary is final and unappealable.

Courses Offered:

The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) shall award scholarships in baccalaureate degree programs to those who wish to pursue in the sciences, mathematics and engineering:

  1. Agricultural Engineering
  2. Biochemistry
  3. Chemical Engineering
  4. Chemistry
  5. Chemistry Teaching
  6. Computer Engineering
  7. Computer Science
  8. Electrical Engineering
  9. Electronics and Communications Engineering
  10. Food Technology
  11. Industrial Engineering
  12. Information Technology
  13. Materials Engineering
  14. Mathematics
  15. Mathematics Teaching
  16. Mechanical Engineering
  17. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  18. Physics
  19. Physics Teaching
  20. Statistics