22 December 2019
A total of 396 qualifiers who are enrolled in various science and technology degree programs are set to enjoy the benefits of the 2019 Junior Level Science Scholarships (JLSS) starting the First Semester of AY 2019-2020.
Hundreds of ongoing third year college students will be recipients of the premier science scholarship as the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) announces the passers of the JLSS Examination administered nationwide on 02 June 2019.
Qualifiers to the program will receive tuition subsidy, monthly stipend, book allowance, among others for two to three years under the scholarship.
The JLSS is a scholarship program under the Republic Act (R.A.) No. 2067 or the Merit Scholarship, R.A. No. 7687 or the “S&T Scholarship Act of 1994,” and the R.A. No. 10612 or the “Fast-Tracked S&T Scholarship Act of 2013.”
The R.A. 2067 and R.A. 7687 scholarship programs are 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. R.A. 10612, on the other hand, supports the execution of the K to 12 law by creating a pool of scholar-graduates who are rich in content when they teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the secondary education, particularly in the Senior High School.
“We believe that by fast-tracking graduates in STEM programs, 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,” Dr. Josette Biyo, Director of DOST-SEI, said.
Scholars under the R.A. 10612 are expected to teach STEM, ideally in their respective home regions, as their return-service. Meanwhile, graduates of the R.A. 7687 and Merit Programs are required to work along their fields of specialization in the country. All must render service over a period equivalent to the length of years they benefitted from the scholarship program.
“We are more than happy to welcome these additions to our growing community of scientists, engineers, innovators, and educators who are expected to contribute to the national development when they finish their degrees. We are confident that they will start making marks in the very near future.” Biyo added.