27 third year college students in Region 1, now DOST-SEI scholars

SAN FERNANDO CITY — The Department of Science and Technology Region 1 recently conducted the Orientation and Signing of Scholarship Agreement for the 27 new 2019 Junior Level Science Scholarships (JLSS) who are enrolled in various S&T courses. 3 of the scholars come from Ilocos Sur, 11 from La Union, 12 from Pangasinan and 1 from Tarlac.

The JLSS is a scholarship program under Republic Act (RA) No. 2067 or Merit Scholarship, RA No. 7687 or the S&T Scholarship Act of 1994, and RA No. 10612 or the Fast-Tracked S&T Scholarship Act of 2013.

As part of the requirement for the signing of the agreement with DOST, the new set of scholars along with their parents or legal guardians were oriented. The content of the scholarship agreement discussed are as follows: the nature of scholarship; the scholar’s benefits; their obligations and responsibilities; and other important policies. Parents were also encouraged to raise and to clarify concerns about the scholarship during the open forum conducted.

Scholars under Merit & RA 7687 are expected to render return of service in the country on a full-time basis preferably in his/her home region and preferably along his/her field of specialization. It is in support of achieving the objective to boost the number of S&T personnel in the country.

On the other hand, RA 10612 scholars are required to teach Science, Mathematics, and Engineering in secondary schools preferably in his/her home region. This program aims to strengthen the country’s science and technology education.

Scholars regardless of their scholarship program are required to render service with a minimum period equivalent to the length of time he/she enjoyed the scholarship.

The implementation of the JLSS program supports the objective of DOST Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) to accelerate the development of S&T human resources needed for the socio-economic development of our country.