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  • Writer's pictureArjay Baysa

2 students from Sta. Marcela, Apayao join list of 2023 DOST Scholars

Updated: Jul 22

Sta. Marcela, Apayao - Armed with scientific and mathematical skills, two exemplar students in Sta. Marcela, Apayao hurdled a scholarship exam to be included in the list of DOST - Science Education Institute (SEI) Undergraduate Scholars in the country.

The examination was held on March 18-19, 2023 at Luna Central School.

Of the 152 applicants of the province, 127 were pre-qualified and took the examination for the scholarship programs and remarkably, 5 were entitled with the grant. Of which, 2 are from Sta. Marcela.

Mayor Evelyn Martinez, in an interview, expressed her delight saying this will inspire other students in the town to study harder and to pursue their dreams.

“We thank the DOST for the chance and we hope that we will have more students joining the list of DOST Scholars. Salamat sa DOST-Apayao for accommodating our applicants sa exams. Ito ay nagbibigay pag-asa sa mga kabataan na kahit mahirap ang buhay basta magsikap, may paraan para makatapos. To the new scholars, mag-aral ng mabuti para sa kinabukasan at para sa inyong pamilya at kumunidad,” Martinez said.

Rashed Basquez, 18, a senior high school graduate of Sta. Marcela National High School (SMNH) plans to pursue Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, while Van Lester Ancheta, 18, a graduate of senior high school at Flora National High School, will pursue a degree on Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU).

The two grantees are entitled with special privileges which include P40,000 actual fees for tuition and other school fees annually if enrolled in private Higher Institutions, P10,000 for learning materials and/or connectivity allowance, P7,000 monthly living allowance, P1,000 one time clothing allowance, P10,000 Thesis Allowance, P1,000 graduation allowance and other benefits such as 1 economy-class roundtrip fare if studying outside their home province, and premium health insurance.

The grant from DOST -SEI will cover their entire study until they graduate, only that they have to maintain satisfactory general average not lower than 2.5 or its equivalent for their first two (2) years, and no failed grades in their higher years.

In an interview, the two new scholars expressed their appreciation for the DOST program.

The scholarship aims to provide full scholarship to senior high school students who desire to take Science and Technology related courses.

The Provincial Science and Technology Office (PSTO) of Apayao, meantime, affirmed its unwavering commitment to continuously monitor and support their scholars even until they graduate, so they can recommend them to work in government agencies.

Moreover, DOST, through PSTO Apayao, has urged students with high aptitude in science and mathematics, and those talented and deserving students whose families' socio-economic belong to marginalized status but dream to pursue careers in the fields of science and technology, or other applied sciences to apply in the said scholarship.


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