Attention students and parents: DOST needs more scholars!

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DOST Scholarship Program
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is aiming to increase the number of its science scholars by targeting at least “one scholar per municipality” in the country.

In a press release, the DOST Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) said it will be “pulling out all stops” to ramp up their pool of science scholars in 71 identified municipalities, including those in far-flung areas. The DOST-SEI said that they intend to “maintain a wave of high quality human resources who will continue to carry the country’s science and technology activities.”

Since last February, the DOST-SEI has been promoting their program dubbed “Push4Science: Maging DOST Scholar Ka!” in various areas such as Banayoyo in Ilocos Sur; Baras in Catanduanes; Burgos, San Benito, and San Isidro in Siargao Island; Adams and Dumalneg in Ilocos Norte; and Burgos, Quirino, San Emilio, and Sugpon in Ilocos Sur.

“We really have to go there and talk to high school students from these municipalities so we can inspire them in science and convince them to pick science as field of study and do so by being DOST scholar,” DOST-SEI director Josette Biyo said in a press release.

The caravan is next slated to go to Abra, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Masbate, Palawan, Antique, Misamis Occidental, Davao Oriental, and Saranggani.

DOST-SEI said that from 2010-2012, 329 municipalities in the country did not have any science scholars, 71 of which did not have a single applicant “possibly due to lack of awareness about the program, and reasons related to geography and demographics.”

“Providing a vehicle for the submission of application forms and during the examination day is already a huge gesture of belief from the local leaders that their kids can make it as DOST scholars,” Biyo said. “That will help us achieve our goal not just of having applicants and scholars but ultimately of developing scientists and engineers in these areas.”

More information about the scholarship program will also be made available during at the National Science and Technology Week celebration from July 24-28 at the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia.

Source : Jose Bimbo F. Santos, InterAksyon.Com

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