Let us commend the 37 Bataeňos who passed the examination of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). The 37 high school graduates will be the recipients of DOST’s scholarship program. From the 37, 34 had passed the Republic Act 7687, also known as Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994 category of the 2012 Science and Technology Undergraduate Scholarships. They will be given P6,000 tuition fee per sem, P5,000 for yearly book allowance, one roundtrip fare for those studying outside the province and P5,000 monthly stipend. High school graduates will receive P4,000 monthly stipend.
The other 3 passers belonged to the Merit category of the scholarship program. They will enjoy full, partial or special monthly stipend depending on the socio-economic status of their family.
Students who had passed the RA 7687 category should comply with these requirements: must have an annual family income of 150,000 or lower, must be consuming an average of 220 kwh per month in electricity bill for the period of three consecutive months, and must have a net tuition and school fees of P18,981 during their 4th year. The high school students may choose from the following programs: BS Physics, Applied Physics, Physics Teaching, Geology, or Mining Engineering. They may also select other DOST priority courses such as Agriculture, Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry, Biology, Ceramics Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Science, Fisheries, Forestry, Information Technology, and Manufacturing Engineering among others. Catalina Cruz, science research specialist, explained that the program aims to recruit young ones who could be an expert in Science. This will help our country to produce more Scientists in the future. DOST offers the scholarship in limited number of schools in Manila and SUC's in different provinces. [via pia.gov.ph]