April 22, 2024

A total of 1,825 aspirants in the Cordillera took the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Undergraduate Scholarship Examination on March 18 to 19.
The DOST-SEI’s pen-and-paper examination is back in determining future science scholars in the country. For the past two years, examinations were put to a halt due to safety concerns brought about by the pandemic. Qualifiers were selected through model-based data analytics of proxy indicators ensuring the continuous provision of scholarships by the institution.
This year, the DOST-CAR and provincial S&T offices joined in the nationwide conduct of the exams with seven testing centers spread around the region put in place to cater to young hopefuls from the six provinces.
The examination will determine the fresh batch of scholars that will be added to the 1,698 ongoing undergraduate S&T scholars supported in the region.
Qualifiers will be awarded the scholarship for academic year 2023-2024 as they enter their first year in college.
Scholars are expected to take S&T priority courses as their undergraduate degree. They are to enroll in state universities and colleges or in private institutions recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as centers of development and centers of excellence or as accredited by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) with a Level 3 certification.
Scholars will also benefit from tuition subsidies of up to P40,000 per academic year, monthly stipends of P7,000, learning materials/connectivity allowance of P5,000 per semester, health insurance, clothing allowance, transportation allowance, thesis and graduation allowance on top of other non-monetary S&T learning assistance.
The list of qualifiers for the 2023 DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarship Program will be published on the DOST-SEI website https://www.sei.dost.gov.ph/ and in leading national newspapers in June.
One hundred twenty-eight additional examinees in the region are also vying for scholarships offered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration’s Education for Development Scholarship Program and the Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program. The OWWA is a rider of the DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarship Examination for the selection of its scholars. – Press release