The DOST regional office in the City of san Fernando, Pampanga welcomed thirty-seven new scholars under the Republic Act No. 10612 or the Fast-Tracked Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 2014 with an orientation and signing of scholarship agreements held recently.

This brings to 562 the total of on-going scholars in the region under the various scholarship programs of the Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) as of end of December 2014.

 

The new scholars are among the 500 first batch of qualifiers under RA 10612 also known as the Junior Level Science Scholarships,  which aims to strengthen the country’s science and technology education by fast-tracking graduates in the sciences, mathematics and engineering to teach science and mathematics in secondary schools throughout the country.  After graduation, when the scholar has been hired by the Department of Education (DepEd) or a private high school, he or she shall be employed with a position equivalent to a special science teacher I in the Philippine Science High School system. The return of service will be equivalent to the length of time the scholar enjoyed the scholarship.

This scholarship program expands the coverage of RA No. 7687 or the S&T Scholarship Act of 1994. Scholarship privileges include P10,000 for tuition fee every semester; P10,000 book allowance per academic year and P4,000 monthly stipend.

New JLSS Scholars.  Four qualifiers from the Bulacan State Agricultural College in San Ildefonso, Bulacan, hold up their newly-signed scholarship contracts after the orientation attended by their parents and officials of the school led by Engr. Liberato Silverio, Director for Instructions. Also in the photo are DOST3 staff Ms. Marites C. Batac, Scholarship Coordinator (5th from right) and Mr. Michael John Rivera, Project Staff (extreme left).

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