Graduating Grade 12 students may now apply for the 2019 Undergraduate S&T Scholarships program of the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEl).

Provincial Science and Technology Director (PSTD) Ramon S. Sumabat said that the scholarship is open to grade 12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and non-STEM students who belong to the topfive percent (5%) ofthe graduating senior high school class, and are interested to pursue science and technology courses.

Available scholarship programs include the Republic Act 7687 or the "Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994", which provides scholarship to poor, talented and deserving studentt and the DOST Merit Scholarship Program which is awarded to students with high aptitude in science and mathematics.

DOST scholarship awardees get to enjoy additional privileges such as book allowance of PhP10,000 per academic year, group health and accident insurance, transportation allowance for those studying outside their home province, monthly living allowance of PhP7,000 and graduation clothing allowance.

Moreover, Director Sumabat added that scholars will be required to render service in the country for a period equivalent to the length of time they enjoyed the scholarship.

The deadline for filing of applications is set on August 31, 2018 while the qualifying examination is scheduled on October 21, 2018.

Aspiring scholars may get the scholarship application forms at DOST Provincial and Regional Offices or may download the application form at Submit the application forms to the llocos Sur S&T Center at Brgy. Tamag, Vigan City, llocos Sur or at any DOST Regional Office and Provincial S&T Center.

Director Sumabat recalled that in llocos Sur there were 39 qualifiers for the 2018 Undergraduate Scholarship Program who signed their scholarship contracts lastJune 21, 2018 while 21 DOSTscholars graduated atthe end ofsecond semester of Academic Year 2017-2018 with six (5) of them attaining Latin honors. //Donnabhel Ann M. Flores