The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is now accepting applications for its undergraduate scholarship programs for those interested to pursue priority fields in science, mathematics and engineering starting next school year.
The DOST-Science Education Institute (SEI) scholarship comes in two programs: the Republic Act 7687 or the Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994 and the merit scholarship.
The RA 7687 is open to a member of the five percent of the regular high school graduating class or a member of the graduating class of the DOST SEI-identified schools or science high schools recognized by the Department of Education (DepEd).
The merit scholarship, on the other hand, is open to qualifiers of the year 2011 scholarship exami-nation whose annual family income is above P120,000.
It is being awarded to students with “high aptitude in science and mathematics and willing to pursue fields of science and technology” the DOST primer stated.
The deadline for the filing of application is on October 8 while the examination date is on November 21.
Application forms can be obtained at the DOST regional office or at nearest provincial S&T offices.
Those who can qualify are entitled to privileges such as free tuition and school fees, book allowance, grant for Physical Education uniform, transportation allowance, monthly living allowance and other additional privileges that go with the scholarship.
On the other hand, DOST is urging local government units (LGUs) to support local scientists and inventors.
DOST 6 Regional Director Engr. Rowen Gelonga said that most Ilonggo inventors lack funding support from their local governments.
This forces them to continue their work in their private homes and subsequently be forgotten due to lack of financial resources.
Gelonga said that inventors in the country are not financially stable even if most have jobs. They have families and invention to support and most likely inventors would choose family over inventions, he said.
“There are many student inventors and researchers in universities and colleges in the provinces who deserve financial support”, he pointed out.
They should be encouraged to continue their work by local leaders, especially when they are at the peak of completing their work, said Gelonga.
According to him, families and friends have to support them for their contribution to technology. Likewise, the academic and scientific community need the added boost from locales to keep them going.
“Invention has been a lonely occupation, and we don’t want to see great inventions lost due to lack of support,” he said.
The DOST will help investors with technical and patent assistance as well as funding for their inventions.
Local inventions with commercial prospects must be out in the market. It could help local economy and the inventor himself. (PNA) /MP