Over five thousand Central Visayas students took the examinations on October 15, 2017 in their bid to qualify as academic scholars under the DOST-Science Education Institute (SEI) scholarship program next/this year.
Comprising the 5,217 scholarship applicants this year were aspirants from the four islands of Region 7, namely, Cebu with 3,083 registered examinees, Bohol with 1,026, Negros Oriental 1,002, and Siquijor 106. There were a total of 49,857 applicants nationwide.
The examinations were held in 21 testing centers in various parts of the region to make the testing venues more accessible and to ensure maximum turn out of examinees. Examinees were divided into two batches with the first batch taking the tests in the morning and the second batch in the afternoon.
Different types of scholarship are offered to the successful examinees depending on their qualifications. One scholarship program is pursuant to Republic Act No. 7687 which provides for scholarship to poor but talented and deserving students who want to pursue college studies in basic sciences, engineering and applied sciences, as well as science and mathematics teaching.
Another is the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program whose beneficiaries belong to families with comparatively better economic status than those of RA 7687 scholars.
Among the privileges granted to DOST scholars are tuition fee subsidy of Php 10,000 thousand per semester or Php 8,000 per trimester; book allowance of Php 10,000 per year, and Php 5,000 monthly living allowance, among others.
written by: Licinio Gingoyon