14 March 2023
Some 85,636 incoming first-year college students by the Academic Year 2023-2024 hope to enter colleges and universities as scholars of the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI). They will take the qualifying undergraduate scholarship examination in 241 test centers spread around the country on 18-19 March 2023.
Ten thousand (10,000) new qualifiers will be identified sometime in June 2023. They must enrol in priority S&T academic programs in state colleges and universities or private institutions that are recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as centers of excellence or development or with Level III accreditation from the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) for the academic programs they intend to enrol in.
The scholarship benefits include tuition fee and other school fees subsidy, monthly stipends, learning material and/or connectivity allowance, uniform allowance, transportation allowance, thesis allowance and graduation allowance. It also includes non-monetary benefits under the Science and Technology Learning Assistance Program.
The scholarship is open to qualified graduating senior high school students and those who have graduated earlier but have not taken any post-secondary units.
These science and technology scholars will eventually join the S&T workforce of the country as scientists, engineers, technologists, science and mathematics teachers, researchers, and innovators.
Currently, the DOST-SEI supports a total of 38,646 undergraduate S&T scholars.
A number of the test takers are vying for the scholarship slots of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, which is a rider of the DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarship Examination for the selection of its scholars.