20 November 2022
A total of 1,803 junior college students secures educational scholarships as the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) announces the names of qualifiers under the Junior Level Science Scholarships (JLSS).
These successful examinees are among the 9,077 who took the pen-and-paper qualifying examination administered in various testing centers nationwide on 27-28 August 2022. For two years, the Institute did not conduct the national qualifying examination and instead used data analytics to select new JLSS scholars.
In addition, 165 more potential qualifiers—whose names do not appear in the published list— are also under consideration, pending resubmission of requirements for further evaluation.
“Scholarship is an important resource for college students, especially those who are hard up in life, to complete their studies. DOST-SEI is happy to release the results of the 2022 JLSS exam because it can mean that we will be changing so many lives and their families. Moreover, we believe that with the scholarship benefits, college life will be a bit easier for these qualifiers,” said Dr. Josette T. Biyo, Director of DOST-SEI.
Qualifiers who will avail of the scholarship will enjoy benefits over a minimum of two years, which include tuition fee subsidy; monthly stipend; learning materials and/or connectivity allowance; and others, starting in the First Semester of the Academic Year 2022-2023.
The JLSS has three component programs: 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 aim to support the overall goal of increasing the number of scientists and engineers who will help boost knowledge creation and economic productivity in the country. RA 10612 scholarship program, on the other hand, supports the execution of the K to 12 law by creating a pool of scholar-graduates who can competently teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in secondary education.
“We welcome this new batch of qualifiers to our growing community of scientists, engineers, innovators, and educators. They will be able to contribute to national development as soon as they finish their degrees. We are confident they will start making their marks in the future,” Dr. Biyo added.
Upon completion of their degree programs, scholars under RA 7687 and Merit Programs shall be working in their fields of specialization in the country for a period equivalent to the length of years in which they enjoyed the scholarship. RA 10612 scholar-graduates shall teach STEM subjects in high schools, ideally in their respective home regions, for their return service.