November 25, Dumaguete City – A total of 30 students enrolled in the different higher education institutions in Negros Oriental qualified to be this year’s recipients of the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute’s Junior Level Science Scholarships (DOST-SEI’s JLSS).

Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) Main Campuses I&II garnered the highest number of passers this year with 20 qualifiers. Silliman University has seven passers while NORSU Guihulngan Campus, University of the Philippines Cebu and University of the Philippines Visayas each has one qualifier.

In terms of municipality/city, Amlan, Bacong, Bais, San Jose and Tanjay City each has one passer. Canlaon City and La Libertad registered two qualifiers while both Dauin and Guihulngan City have three qualifiers. Six students who are residents of Sibulan qualified for the scholarship while nine students from Dumaguete City passed the scholarship exam.

DOST Negros Oriental is set to formally welcome this year’s DOST-SEI JLSS qualifiers through a virtual orientation. This online activity will discuss the provisions of the scholarship as well as the scholar’s duties and responsibilities.

DOST Negros Oriental Provincial S&T Director Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon extended his heartfelt message to the new batch of scholars.

“Congratulations to our latest batch of DOST-SEI JLSS qualifiers! You have hurdled an important challenge. You are now on a path that could lead to a lot of opportunities. We hope you will pursue this path. It could lead to a bright and exciting S&T career.,” said Atty. Arbon.

One scholar said she was surprised and thankful for qualifying the scholarship program.

This year, DOST-SEI resumed its face-to-face examination. The examination took place last August 27, 2022 at Saint Louis School of Don Bosco – Dumaguete City.

The JLSS is an undergraduate scholarship program of DOST-SEI. The said program aims to provide scholarships that will finance the education of talented and deserving students in their third year of college and who are pursuing degree programs in the areas of science and technology. The JLSS Program also aims to ensure a steady, adequate supply of qualified S&T human resources who can steer the country towards national progress.

It has 3 component programs: the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program, formerly known as the NSDB or NSTA Scholarship under RA No. 2067, the Republic Act No. 7687, also known as the “Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994”, and the Republic Act No. 10612, also known as the “Fast-Tracked S&T Scholarship Act of 2013”. (Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, Science Research Specialist II/S&T Media Service – DOST Negros Oriental)