The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – IX recently concluded its Scholarship Orientation and Signing of the Scholarship Agreement to the new undegraduate scholars in the four (4) areas within the Zamboanga Peninsula region.
Primarily held on April 19 at the Grand Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga City, 38 attendees including the qualifiers and respective parents/legal guardians inked to avail the S&T scholarship program funded by the DOST – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI). Meanwhile, 33 participants joined the Zamboanga Sibugay leg - scholarship session at the Ricomar Pension House and Restaurant, Ipil last April 22. With much vigor from DOST-9, the orientation for the Zamboanga del Norte area preceded on April 23 at D Hotel & Suites, Dipolog City, wherein a total of 68 qualifiers and parents attended. Finally, 66 participants from Zamboanga del Norte counted in to conform the terms and conditions in the scholarship agreement during the conclusive orientation at 4 Queens Resort, Pagadian City on April 25. The session aimed to brief the S&T scholarship qualifiers and the parents on the terms and conditions written in the contract, emphasizing mainly on the nature of the scholarship, benefits and scholar’s obligations.
The lined up events were facilitated by DOST-9, in coordination with the designated Provincial Science and Technology Centers (PSTCs) in Ipil, Dipolog City and Pagadian City. Mr. Martin A. Wee, Assistant Regional Director for Finance, Administrative and S & T Services (ARD-FASTS), and Ms. Josephine B. Nohay, Center Manager for Scholarship, served as the resource persons for the said orientation.
Qualifiers who will avail the S&T undergraduate scholarships may pursue a four- or five-year college degree in priority science and technology fields. As benefits, RA 7687 scholars will receive tuition subsidy, monthly stipend, book allowance and many more. Scholars under the Merit scholarship program will likewise receive the same benefits except for the pro-rated monthly stipend based on the family’s socio-economic status.
The scholarship qualifiers can enroll in state universities and colleges and other higher education institutions recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as Centers of Excellence or Centers of Development, wherein they can take up priority science and technology courses.
DOST-9 hopes that this year’s batch of qualifiers will ultimately add to the pool of scientists and engineers who will actively lead in S&T activities, research and development, and innovation. Through DOST's scholarship program, the scholars are a step closer to success during and after college. (DOST IX PRESS RELEASE)