By Gillian M. Cortez, June 6 2019; Business World

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GRADE 12 STUDENTS in non-science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) tracks will now be permitted to apply for the government’s science and technology (S&T) scholarships.

In a statement Thursday, the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DoST-SEI) said applications for the 2020 Undergraduate Scholarships Program are now open to graduating senior high school students. DoST-SEI added: “Application is open to students in the STEM strand but non-STEM students may also apply provided they belong to the top 5% of their graduating class.”

Applicants should also be natural-born Filipino citizens who are physically healthy and have good morals. Applicants can apply either as a scholar qualified under Republic Act 7687 or “Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994” or as a Merit Scholar with high aptitude in Mathematics and Science.

Application forms can be accessed at Completed applications can be submitted to any DoST regional or provincial office to the DoST-SEI Science and Technology Scholarship Division office in Taguig.

The deadline for applications is Sept. 6 with an examination scheduled for Oct. 20. Applicants for the 2020 S&T Undergraduate Scholarships must pursue a Bachelor of Science degree program in any institution accredited as a Center of Excellence or Center of Development by the Commission on Higher Education. Alternatively, the institution can also be a Level III school as rated by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines.

DoST-SEI said accepted applicants “will receive financial assistance of P40,000 per academic year to cover tuition and other school fees, a living allowance of P7,000 per month, book allowance of P10,000 per academic year, a transportation allowance for those who will be studying outside their home region (on a reimbursement basis), group accident insurance, and graduation clothing allowance.” — Gillian M. Cortez