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More Ilocos Sur scholars needed in PSHS: campus director

SAN ILDEFONSO, Ilocos Sur – Dr. Lauro L. Cabatic, campus director of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) Ilocos Region Campus based here said during a press interview that they need more elementary graduate-enrolees from Ilocos Sur for the forthcoming school year 2007-2008.

SAN ILDEFONSO, Ilocos Sur – Dr. Lauro L. Cabatic, campus director of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) Ilocos Region Campus based here said during a press interview that they need more elementary graduate-enrolees from Ilocos Sur for the forthcoming school year 2007-2008.

Cabatic disclosed that despite a big number of applicants from the different elementary schools in the province in the past three years, only a few qualified and accepted at the PSHS Ilocos Region Campus.

“Only a few of the hundreds of applicants from Ilocos Sur passed the national competitive examinations that were given in the previous school years,” Cabatic noted.

The science school head also said that the PSHS System is now accepting applications for new scholars for school year 2007-2008.

Admission to the PSHS System is through the national competitive examination (NCE), which is a two-step screening given to all qualified elementary students.

The first screening is the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scheduled on October 14, 2006.

As a selection process, it was learned that all graduating elementary pupils for SY 2006-2007 are eligible to apply for the PSHS System NCE Search for scholars with the following criteria: (1) If they belong to the upper 10% of the graduating class based on Grade 5 ranking as certified by their school principal or have special aptitude in science and math as supported by report card and letter of recommendation; (2) If they are Filipino citizens with no pending application as immigrants in any foreign country; (3) If they will not be more than 15 years of age by June 2007; (4) If they are in good health and are fit to undergo a rigorous academic program; (5) If they are of good moral character; and (6) If they have not yet taken the PSHS National Competitive Examination.

As for the application requirements, Cabatic also informed the media that all applicants must submit the following to the PSHS Registrar’s Office in Diliman or to any Regional PSHS Campuses or to the DOST offices and provincial S & T centers: (1) Fully accomplished application form with four identical recent 1 x 1 ID picture; (2) A P75.00 non-refundable processing fee; and (3) Two (2) long window envelopes with P8.00 postage stamps.

The PSHS System is now accepting applicants for new scholars for SY 2007-2008. With this scheme, the Office of the Executive Director PSHS System has opened the application period for the search for scholars until Aug. 25, 2006.

Academic Chiefs Mary Grace Navarro and Ronnalee Orteza, respectively, enumerated the different benefits of scholars with this Scholarship Program as follows: free tuition, monthly stipend and loan of available textbooks to scholar awardees. In addition, a monthly living allowance determined by the Board of Trustees is provided to those financially deserving scholars.

There are 4 scholarship categories to which the scholars may belong, such as Full Scholars, Partial 1, Partial 2 and Special.

Full scholars are entitled to the following benefits: stipend of P500 for 10 months; living allowance of P2,000 for 10 months; uniform allowance of P1,800 once a year and transportation allowance (twice a year).

Partial 1 and 2 scholars, on the other hand, receive a stipend of P500 for 10 months. However, they differ when it comes to living allowance. Partial 1 scholars receive P1,600 for 10 months, while Partial 2 receive only P1,000 for 10 months.

As for the Special scholars, they are entitled only with stipend of P500 for 10 months.

Cabatic also said that a total of 142 students from the different provinces of Region I have availed the scholarship program offered by PSHS Ilocos Sur Region Campus. But unfortunately, the schoolhead said “a bigger number of scholars come from the provinces of Pangasinan and Benguet.

“We need more qualified scholars from the area, especially Ilocos Sur, more funds for infrastructure projects especially for academic buildings, dormitories and function halls and more laboratory equipments or facilities for the school,” Cabatic said.