Screenshot of the virtual orientation and online signing of scholarship contract for DOST-SEI S&T Undergraduate Scholars conducted by DOST Negros Oriental.

October 5, Dumaguete City – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) here in Negros Oriental formally welcomed 77 new qualifiers for the DOST-Science Education Institute’s (DOST-SEI) Science and Technology (S&T) Undergraduate Scholarships.

The virtually ceremony was held via Zoom last September 22, 2021.

The virtual event featured discussions on the provisions of the scholarships and the duties and responsibilities of the scholars. An open forum also happened followed by the virtual signing of the scholarship contract.

One scholar expressed her gratitude for qualifying for the scholarship.

“I am honored and grateful…to be part of the new DOST-SEI Scholars…My parents can’t support me in my dreams financially. But because of the DOST scholarship grant, I will be able to pursue my dreams in life, continue my studies, and hopefully finish my 4-year course of being a MedTech…”, said Ms. Rhea Jane Calago.

Another scholar expressed his opinion on his expectations of being a DOST Patriot Scholar.

“I would already consider this as a significant milestone in my life but I also recognize that this is just the beginning of my journey as a DOST scholar…being a scholar isn’t just all about the benefits but it is also about acknowledging our own responsibilities as future scientists and educators of the nation”, said Jessie S. Gabay.

DOST Negros Oriental Provincial S&T Director Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon extended his heartfelt message to the new batch of scholars, “Study. Study. Study. Strive for excellence. But stay healthy, physically and mentally, so you can remain focused on your role as ‘iskolar ng bayan’ until you graduate with flying colors.”

Due to the pandemic, submission of scholarship application was done through Electronic Scholarship Application System. The scholarship examination for the DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarships was cancelled as well. DOST-SEI used alternative methods of identifying the qualifiers.

“DOST-SEI employed data analytics and proxy indicators. For this year, one of the requirements in the selection of the qualifiers to the scholarship program was the applicant’s grades from Grade 9 to Grade 11”, said Marjorie S. Bajado, DOST NegOr scholarship coordinator.

To note, the S&T Undergraduate Scholarships is an undergraduate scholarship program of DOST-SEI. The said scholarship program aims to stimulate and entice talented Filipino youths to pursue lifetime productive careers in science and technology and ensure a steady, adequate supply of qualified S&T human resources which can steer the country towards national progress. It has 2 component programs: the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program, formerly known as the NSDB or NSTA Scholarship under RA No. 2067, and  the Republic Act No. 7687, also known as the “Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994”. (Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, Science Research Specialist II/S&T Media Service – DOST Negros Oriental)