Screenshot of the virtual orientation of the DOST-SEI JLSS qualifiers conducted by DOST Negros Oriental.

March 1, Dumaguete City – A total of 36 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).

Foundation University has 1 qualifier, Silliman University has 13 qualifiers while Negros Oriental State University has 22 qualifiers.

This year’s result is a 277% increase in the number of qualifiers when compared last year. In 2021, the province has only 13 qualifiers for the said scholarship program.

DOST Negros Oriental welcomed the qualifiers in a virtual event that featured discussions on the provisions of the scholarship and 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.

“The DOST-SEI Junior Level Science Scholarships are given only to deserving students. We hope this year’s batch of scholars will continue the tradition of excellence shown by those who came before them. May they prove to be worthy of the government’s confidence in their intellectual abilities, mental toughness, and moral strength. After all, they will be the future pillars of our economy and society, especially in the domain of science, technology, and innovation,” said Atty. Arbon.

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

“As one of the new DOST-SEI JLSS scholars, I feel very blessed… The night before the result came out, I really don’t know that it was the big day. It was exactly a busy week I allotted for my major examination and in processing documents for GESS-NSC…I just woke up in the morning with congratulatory messages of my classmates and friends…”,said Ms. Renalyn de Guzman, a BS Geodetic Engineering student from Negros Oriental State University.

Another scholar expressed her gratitude for qualifying the scholarship as this will be a big help in paying her tuition fees.

“I feel grateful for having been able to qualify for this program, above anything else…I felt some sort of relief because I’ve been wanting to help my family in paying my highly expensive tuition fee…”said Ms. Ain Aijeleth Jamin Agir, a BS Medical Technology student from Silliman University.

Due to the pandemic, submission of scholarship application was done through Electronic Scholarship Application System. The scholarship examination for the DOST-SEI JLSS was once again cancelled for the second time. DOST-SEI used alternative methods of identifying the qualifiers.

“DOST-SEI employed data analytics and proxy indicators. Again this school year, one of the requirements in the selection of the qualifiers to the scholarship program was the applicant’s grades from first year to second year college”, said Marjorie B. Solon, DOST NegOr scholarship coordinator.

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)