DOST-NCR Prepares Metro Manila Students for Scholarship Exam

The Department of Science and Technology- National Capital Region (DOST-NCR) is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that Metro Manila students get a slot in the coveted DOST Undergraduate Scholarship Program under DOST’s Science Education Institute.

DOST-NCR has mobilized its four Cluster Offices, in partnership with the University of the Philippines Los Baños – DOST Scholars Society, in conducting review classes for aspiring scholars in preparation for the examination which is scheduled from April 6-7, 2024. These refresher sessions cover various subjects, including English, Physics, Math, and verbal and non-verbal reasoning

The agency’s CAMANAVA CASTO was the first to conduct simultaneous review classes last March 2, 2024 for 378 students at the Caloocan Science High School (124 students), Malabon National High School (54 students), Navotas National Science High School (89 students), and the Valenzuela Academic Center for Excellence (111 students).  

DOST-NCR’s PAMAMAZON CASTO was next to organize review classes last March 16, 2024 for 263 students at the Manila Science High School and Bagong Silangan High School.  Students who took part in these review sessions came from the following schools: Manila Science High School, Manuel Araullo High School, Raja Soliman High School, Jose Abad Santos High School, Manuel Roxas High School, Valeriano E. Fuguso High School, Pasay City National High School, Pasay City East High School, Pasay City West High School, Pasay City South High School, Bagong Silangan High School, Juan Sumulong High School, Commonwealth High School, Ramon Magsaysay High School, and the Quezon City Science High School.

Also on March 16, the PAMAMARISAN CASTO organized their special review classes for 410 students from Pasig and 128 students from Marikina at the Marikina High School and Rizal High School.  The Cluster Office organized a second review class on March 23, 2024 for 119 students from the City of Pasig and 116 students from the City of Marikina, also at the Marikina High School and Rizal High School.

DOST-NCR’s MUNTAPARLAS CASTO, for its part, organized two refresher sessions at the Las Piňas National High School-Main campus. The first session on March 16 was attended by 82 students, while the March 23 review class had 107 participants. These students came from the Las Piňas National High School- Senior High School, Las Piñas City National Senior High School- Talon Dos Campus, Golden Acres National High School- Senior High School, Las Piñas City National Science High School, and the Las Pinas City National Senior High School- CAA Campus.

To avail of the DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarship, qualifiers must enroll in priority       science and technology courses prioritized by the SEI. They must also be enrolled in state universities and colleges, or in private higher education institutions recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Centers of Excellence or Centers of Development, or with at least Level III accreditation from the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines for the priority S&T courses.

Scholars under the program will have the following for the whole duration of their programs of study: monthly stipend of ₱7,000; tuition fee subsidy of up to ₱40,000 per academic year for those who will enroll in private institutions; learning materials and/or connectivity allowance; one-time MS/PE clothing allowance; one economy-class round trip fare per academic year for those who will study outside their home province; group health and accident insurance; and thesis and graduation allowance.

In return, DOST scholars are required to render service in the country after graduation, preferably along their fields of specialization, for a period equivalent to the number of years of scholarship.

The Undergraduate Scholarship Examination is set to be conducted on April 6 to 7, 2024.

By: Pinky Marcelo, SCCU

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