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DUMAGUETE CITY (August 2, 2021) – Twelve third year college students enrolled in Negros Oriental passed the eligibility screenings for the Junior Level Science Scholarships (JLSS) offered by the Department of Science & Technology’s Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).

They represent the 9% of the 138 students who underwent eligibility screenings using the JLSS E-Scholarship Application System, where documentary requirements including grades for the first two years of college were scrutinized.

Unlike in previous years, DOST-SEI did not hold a national qualifying examination due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, data analytics was employed to determine the qualifiers.

The successful applicants are taking up S&T priority courses in science, engineering, and science/mathematics teaching. 7 of them are currently enrolled in Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) Main Campus, 4 in Silliman University, and 1 in NORSU Bais Campus.

The JLSS program supports the DOST-SEI’s goal of increasing the number of scientists and engineers that will help boost knowledge creation and economic productivity in the country. The program implements three laws: Republic Act No. 2067 (Merit Scholarship Program), R.A. No. 7687 (Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994), and R.A. No. 10612 (Fast-Tracked S&T Scholarship Act of 2013).

R.A. No. 10612 supports the execution of Section 8 of the K to 12 Law by providing a pool of scholar-graduates which can competently teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the secondary education, particularly the Senior High School.

Of the 12 local qualifiers, 4 qualified under R.A. 7687 while 8 under R.A. 10612. As qualifiers, they can enjoy a 2-3 year DOST Scholarship in their current courses. The scholarship entitles them to subsidies for tuition and other school fees, monthly living allowance, book allowance, transportation allowance, graduation allowance, thesis allowance, group health and accident insurance starting August in the academic year 2020-2021.

Qualifiers’ Orientation and Contract Signing will be in August/September 2021. Qualifiers are encouraged to closely coordinate with the office. To view the full list of qualifiers, visit or contact us at (035) 421-2100 or 523-9732 for inquiries. (Marjorie S. Bajado/DOST Negros Oriental PSTC S&T Media Service)