31 December 2017
4,529 third year college students will have more things to celebrate for this holiday season.
This, as the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) announced the qualifiers in the 2017 Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) examination, which was administered last November 19 nationwide.
The JLSS is a scholarship program under the Republic Act No. 7687 or the “S&T Scholarship Act of 1994,” R.A. No. 10612 or the “Fast-Tracked S&T Scholarship Act of 2013,” and the R.A. No. 2067 or the Merit Scholarship Program.” There were a total of 6,049 third year college students who are enrolled in various S&T courses that took the examination for the said program.
Qualifiers to the program will enjoy two to three years of scholarship benefits, which include tuition subsidy, monthly stipend, book allowance, and others. Passers of the Merit Scholarship will likewise receive the same benefits except for the pro-rated monthly stipend that is based on the scholar’s socio-economic status.
The JLSS is implemented in support of the overall goal of increasing the number of scientists and engineers that will help boost knowledge creation and economic productivity in the country. RA 10612, on the other hand, supports the execution of the K to 12 law by creating a pool of scholar-graduates that can competently teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the basic education level.
“We believe that by fast-tracking graduates in STEM courses, we will strengthen our development of valuable human resources in the emerging fields in innovation, agriculture, engineering, and other advanced fields. We need to support not just students wanting to get degrees in STEM but also those who aspire to teach in these fields,” said Dr. Josette Biyo, Director of DOST-SEI.
Scholars under the RA 10612 are expected to teach STEM, ideally in their respective home regions, as their return-service. Meanwhile, graduates of the RA 7687 and Merit Programs are required to work along their fields of specialization in the country equivalent to the length of years in which they benefitted from the scholarship program.
“We welcome their entry to the science community and hopefully all these qualifiers will end up working in critical S&T fields for the country in the very near future,” Biyo disclosed. (30)