Thursday, May 21, 2015

DOST opens scholarship to third year college students

DAGUPAN CITY -The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) is now accepting applications for the Junior Level Science Scholarships (JLSS) program.

Arnold Santos, science research specialist of DOST-Pangasinan, said third year college students who are currently enrolled in priority science and technology courses may apply.

The JLSS program is under the new Republic Act 10612 or the Fast-Tracked Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 2013.

RA 10612 aims to strengthen the country’s science and technology education by fast-tracking graduates in the sciences, mathematics and engineering courses.

“It hopes to inspire the scholar-graduates towards a career-path in science teaching to address the shortage of quality teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects in secondary schools,” Santos said. 

New graduates of this program will be given priority for job placement in high schools in the country and/or will be employed by the Department of Education in a position equivalent to a Special Science Teacher I in the Philippine Science High School, he said. 

“They shall also be allowed to teach even without Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) eligibility but has to pass the LET within five years from the date of hiring,” he added.

Santos said that those who will qualify will be awarded tuition and other school fees amounting to P10, 000 per semester or P8, 000 per trimestral term, book allowance, monthly stipend, transportation allowance and health insurance. 

Application forms are downloadable through and or may be obtained at SEI or at the nearest DOST regional offices/provincial science and technology centers. Accomplished forms may as well be filed through the said offices. 

The deadline for filing of applications is on June 15.

The JLSS qualifying examination will be administered on July 12 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at designated test centers. 

For more information about the scholarship, interested applicants can also inquire at DOST provincial S&T center in Lingayen or contact 09178408258/09989620228 and in Urdaneta City or contact 09178408234/0998-9620227. (PIA-1, Pangasinan)

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