The Department of Science and Technology has been offering scholarship to those students who want to pursue college education, but don’t have enough resources. Passing the DOST Scholarship examination is a big help to parents as it can lessen the financial burden. In spite of the fact that state universities and colleges are offering free education, still there are other expenses available.
With this, it’s important to pass the DOST scholarship examination. To help you ace the exam, here are some useful tips:
DOST scholarship examination useful tips
- Familiarize yourself about the coverage of the exam
The DOST scholarship exam is divided into two categories and varies from easy to difficult. The major subjects covered include Science, Mathematics, and English. Other categories include quantitative ability, scientific ability, and linguistic ability.
In the mechanical or technical ability category, the applicant needs to answer questions using mechanical steps and by identifying the images. The non-intellective part of the test will determine how the applicant analyze and solve the questions.
- Thorough review
Since the DOST scholarship exam is given to college entrants, most likely the questions came from the lessons in high school. Thus, thorough review can help in nailing the test.
The examination may be challenging to some, but it does not necessarily mean that you’ll stress yourself. A day before the test, make sure to have enough rest and sleep early so that your brain will be more active during the examination day.
How to qualify for the DOST Scholarship exam?
Not all is qualified for the DOST scholarship. If you’re interested to take the test, check the qualifications listed below:
- Must be a bonafide Filipino citizen
- Should meet the economic status required by the DOST
- The student must be among the top 5% of the graduating class, or a student from any DepEd Science High School or member of the DOST-SEI
- Must have at least 4 years residency in the given address
- Must be of good moral character and in good health status
How to apply for the scholarship?
If you think you’re qualified for the DOST scholarship exam, the next thing to do is to download the application form at www.science-scholarships.ph or www.sei.dost.gov.ph. Applicants living in provinces may secure application forms from Regional Offices and Provincial Science and Technology Centers and submit the duly accomplished form and other requirements in the same offices.
An awardee of the DOST scholarship must follow the guidelines set by the agency including the following:
- The scholar must abide the rules and regulations as well as the agreement signed by the parents or guardian.
- After completing the scholarship program, the individual should secure clearance from the DOST-SEI.
- The scholar is obliged to maintain the grade set by DOST.
- It is the responsibility of the scholar to work in the country after graduation for years equal to the scholastic years as sponsored by the DOST.
There’s no schedule of examination yet, but applicants may start filing until August 25, 2018.
The applicants should take the following courses:
- Aeronautical Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering
- Agribusiness Management
- Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
- Agricultural Biotechnology 1 Computer Science
- Agricultural Chemistry
- Agricultural Economics
- Agricultural Engineering
- Agricultural Technology
- Animal Science
- Applied Mathematics
- Applied Physics
- Applied Physics with Applied Computer System
- Applied Physics with Materials Science and Engineering
- Applied Statistics
- Ceramics Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Chemistry with Applied Computer Systems
- Chemistry with Materials Science and Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
- Electrical Engineering
- Electronics and Communications Engineering/Electronics Engineering
- Environmental Science
- Food Technology
- Geodetic Engineering
- Industrial Design
- Industrial Engineering
- Industrial Pharmacy
- Information System
- Information Technology
- Information Technology Systems
- Instrumentation and Control Engineering
- Manufacturing Engineering
- Manufacturing Engineering Management – Mechatronics
- Marine Biology
- Marine Science
- Materials Engineering
- Mathematics and Science Teaching
- Mathematics Teaching
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mechatronics Engineering
- Medical Technology
- Metallurgical Engineering
- Mining Engineering
- Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Packaging Engineering
- Petroleum Engineering
- Pharmacy (4-year program)
- Pharmacy major in Clinical Pharmacy (5-year program)
- Public Health
- Science Teaching (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Physical Science)
DOST Scholarship Benefits
After passing the DOST Scholarship exam, the student will enjoy the following benefits:
- Tuition fees and other expenses – Php10,000 or Php8,000
- Book allowance – Php10,000
- PE uniform allowance – Php500 (1st year sem)
- Monthly allowance – Php4,000 (DOST-SEI major courses)
- Additional support – Php5,000 ( for students taking Bachelor of Science in Mining, Applied Physics, Geology, Physics, and Physics teaching)
- Additional tuition and other fees- Php1,500 (for curriculum with summer classes)
- Additional book allowance – Php500
Advantages of being a DOST scholar
Being a DOST scholar isn’t only a privilege, but you’ll also enjoy some advantages. Aside from the financial support, the scholar will also learn to work harder to maintain the required grades. Thus, perseverance and diligence are required. As you work hard for your grades and to keep the scholarship, you will learn to become independent and responsible.
Disadvantages of a DOST scholar
In spite of the privileges of being a DOST scholar, many students were discouraged to take the exam because they think that it takes a lot of pressure to maintain the grades. Another setback of being a scholar is that you won’t be allowed to work abroad after graduating.
It takes a lot of responsibility to become a DOST scholar. Keep in mind that the scholarship is granted only to those who deserves it. If you want to become a DOST scholar you should take your studies eagerly and seriously.