Only 808 out of 845 applicants for the Department of Science and Technology undergraduate scholarship program took the qualifying examination for the scheme.
DOST Provincial Director Allan Francis Daraug yesterday said, however, that, those who missed the examination can still re-apply next year. However, they should not be enrolled for a year in any baccalaureate or vocational courses.
Daraug said the result of the examination maybe released before the year ends, or in January 2014.
He said the examination conducted at the Technological University of the Philippines-Visayas in Talisay City, Esteban R. Abada Memorial School in Kabankalan City, and at Puey Elementary School in Sagay City, all in Negros Occidental, was divided into intellective speed, intellective power and non-intellective tests.
Qualified applicants whose family has a gross annual income below P156,600, will receive P8,000 in tuition and other school fees; P5,000 book allowance annually; P5,000 monthly living allowance; P1,500 summer allowance; and P1,000 post-graduation clothing allowance, Daraug said.
Those whose family annual income is above P153,600 will also receive the same grant although their monthly living allowance will be given partially, he also said.
Daraug said accepted scholars may take courses like agriculture, applied mathematics, applied physics, biochemistry, biology, engineering, environmental science, fisheries, food technology, forestry, geology and mathematics teaching, among others.*APN