224 Cordi studes qual­ify for DOST col­lege schol­ar­ship

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- As­pir­ing sci­en­tists and en­gi­neers from the Cordillera Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion (CAR) now have a big­ger chance of pur­su­ing their sci­en­tific and tech­ni­cal ca­reers, as the lo­cal De­part­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (DOST) an­nounced on Wed­nes­day that 224 high school stu­dents in this up­land re­gion passed the 2018 Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy qual­i­fy­ing exam.

Nancy Ban­tog, of­fi­cer-in-charge of DOST-Cordillera, said the num­ber of suc­cess­ful ex­am­i­nees in the re­gion was higher by 19.79 per­cent than the 187 qual­i­fiers in 2015, the last time the DOST con­ducted the ex­am­i­na­tion. The test was halted for two years be­cause of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the K-12 cur­ricu­lum in the coun­try.

The 224 test-passers were among the 8,994 who qual­i­fied in the ex­am­i­na­tion na­tion­wide, as pro­vided for in Repub­lic Act 7687 or the “Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Schol­ar­ship Act of 1994” and Merit Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram.

Un­der the law, qual­i­fiers who avail of any of the sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy un­der­grad­u­ate schol­ar­ships may pur­sue a four- or five-year col­lege de­gree in pri­or­ity sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy fields.

The schol­ars will re­ceive a tu­ition sub­sidy, a monthly stipend of PHP7,000, and a book al­lowance, among other ben­e­fits.

Schol­ars un­der the Merit Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram, mean­while, will re­ceive the same ben­e­fits, but the monthly stipend will de­pend on the fam­ily’s so­cio-eco­nomic sta­tus.

The 2018 Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy schol­ar­ship ex­am­i­na­tion was held on Oc­to­ber 15, 2017, si­mul­ta­ne­ously in 216 test­ing cen­ters across the coun­try.

The schol­ar­ship pro­gram aims to en­cour­age stu­dents to take up sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy cour­ses to be able to in­crease the num­ber of grad­u­ates in the field to help boost the coun­try's eco­nomic pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Last March, the provin­cial gov­ern­ment of Benguet ap­proved the im­ple­ment­ing rules and reg­u­la­tions (IRR) for an or­di­nance pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial help to young res­i­dents of the prov­ince pur­su­ing the Doc­tor of Medicine and other med­i­cal cour­ses.

The fi­nan­cial aid, for which the Benguet prov­ince had ini­tially al­lot­ted PHP2 mil­lion,

would be granted to qual­i­fied stu­dents through a Study Now, Pay Later pro­gram.

The provin­cial or­di­nance was aimed at ad­dress­ing the health prob­lems of the up­land prov­ince and the lack of med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers in the land-locked re­gion due to lack of fi­nan­cial ca­pac­ity to pur­sue the study of medicine and other sci­ence cour­ses. PNA

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