Negros Occidental has three more testing centers for the scholarship examination of the Department of Science and Technology for school-year 2012-2013 beneficiaries.
Allan Francis Dara-ug, director of DOST-Negros, said yesterday that the testing centers are in Kabankalan City for applicants from districts 1 and 2, Sagay City, for applicants from 5 and 6, while those from Bacolod City and districts 4 and 5 will take the examination at the Technical University of the Philippines-Visayas in Talisay City.
He said this is to give applicants easier access and minimize overcrowding in one venue during the examination date.
DOST is also calling to graduating high school students to file their applications. Two scholarships are offered, one under the Republic Act 7687 or the Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994, and the DOST-Science Education Institute Merit Scholarship.
Scholars under RA 7687 will receive subsidized tuition and other school fees, book allowance, and monthly stipend; while the DOST-SEI Merit scholars will get the same benefits, except that the monthly allowance will depend on the socio-economic status of the family, Dara-ug said.
Passers can enroll in any DOST-accredited state college or university and must prioritize science courses such as applied physics, applied mathematics, biology, agricultural engineering, agriculture, agricultural chemistry, agricultural biotechnology, biochemistry, ceramics engineering, chemistry with materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, and chemistry with applied computer system, he also said.
Deadline for the filing of applications is October 5 and the date of examination is on November 18, with the first batch at 7 a.m. to noon and the second batch from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., he added.
Applicants can call DOST-Negros at 707-0170 for more information.*LTG