DOST wants one science scholar in every municipality

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dost scholars Since February 2014, the Push4Science Team has been conducting extensive scholarship caravans in target municipalities including Banayoyo in Ilocos Sur. The campaign has reached Baras in Catanduanes; Burgos, San Benito, and San Isidro in Siargao Island; Adams and Dumalneg in Ilocos Norte; and Burgos, Quirino, San Emilio, and Sugpon in Ilocos Sur. ?We really have to go there and talk to high school students from these municipalities so we can inspire them in science and convince them to pick science as field of study and do so by being DOST Scholars,? said DOST-SEI director Josette Biyo. The caravan will next go to Abra, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Masbate, Palawan, Antique, Misamis Occidental, Davao Oriental, and Saranggani. From 2010 to 2012, 329 municipalities recorded ?zero? number of scholars. Seventy-one of these municipalities did not have a single applicant for the scholarship, possibly due to lack of awareness about the program, and reasons related to geography and demographics. ?Providing a vehicle for the submission of application forms and during the examination day is already a huge gesture of belief from the local leaders that their kids can make it as DOST scholars,? Biyo said. ?That will help us achieve our goal not just of having applicants and scholars but ultimately of developing scientists and engineers in these areas.? For more about ?Push4Science: Maging DOST Scholar Ka!? and SEI?s scholarship program, visit the 2014 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration from July 24-28 July at the SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. ]]>

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