By Roi Lomotan
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) here announced that 24 third year college students from Negros Oriental have qualified for the Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) offered by DOST’s Science Education Institute (SEI).
The 24 student qualifiers were Kimberly Ann Alanano, Szanta Mae Alejado, Wayne Banaybanay, Julienne Marie Barot, Christian Rey Belingan, Nica De Baguio, Bryan Mark Fausto, Donald Gealon, Hannah Mae Jacosalem, Merly Ondangan, Christ Quinicot, Carleen Villamil of Negros Oriental State University; Kent Jude Beldeniza and Kenneth Jay Silva of Asian College; Julia Therese Cambongga and Venice Belle Visagas of Silliman University; Ivan Christopher Cordevilla, Romille Lijah Marquez and Hector Philippe Plame of Foundation University; Ray Marimat and Chrissie Kyell Trinidad of St. Paul University Dumaguete; Princess Annalou Ocana and Jason Sontousidad of Cebu Normal University and Rowe Ragay of Technological University of the Philippines-Manila.
JLSS is a scholarship program offered by DOST-SEI under R.A. 7687 which aims to provide scholarship slots to poor but deserving students whose families’ annual gross incomes do not exceed the poverty threshold limit, R.A. 10612.
This supports the implementation of K to 12 by providing a pool of scholar-graduates which can competently teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the basic education, and the DOST-SEI’s Merit Program.
The qualifying exam was held October 16, 2016 at Negros Oriental State University in Dumaguete City.
Some 158 individuals from the province took the exam.
DOST-Negros Oriental Information Officer Sean Adrian Guardiano said qualifiers will get to enjoy two to three years of science and technology scholarships of their existing science and technology priority course.
Those who qualified under R.A. 7687 and RA 10612 will be granted subsidy in tuition fee and other school fees, monthly living allowance, book allowance while scholars under the Merit scholarship program will likewise receive the same benefits except for the pro-rated monthly stipend based on the scholar’s family socio-economic status.
Guardiano said of the total passers from Negros Oriental, 17 qualified for the scholarships under R.A. 10612, four qualified under RA 7687 while three passed for the Merit program.
DOST-Negros Oriental has tentatively scheduled the orientation and contract signing for the qualifiers on the fourth week of January 2017. (rmn/ral/PIA7-NegOr/ with reports from Sean Guardiano, DOST Negros Oriental PSTC S&T Media Service/This article was originally published at PIA Website on January 5,2017)