New S&T Scholars from Oriental Mindoro take part on the “Filipino Patriot Scholars” Project & JLSS Orientation and Contract Signing

by: Linel Anne S. Maje

Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) qualifiers and their families

Nine (9) new 2017 Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) qualifiers from Oriental Mindoro participated in the Orientation on the “Filipino Patriot Scholars Project” held on February 9, 2018 at Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT) in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.

The orientation, spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology – MIMAROPA, through the Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) – Oriental Mindoro, was conducted to introduce to the newly qualified S&T scholars the “Filipino Patriot Scholars Project” – a DOST-Science Education Institute (SEI) initiative that aims to foster patriotism among the scholars and instill in them the value of leadership, excellence, social responsibility, and service to the Filipino people.

The project was formed in compliance with Article II Section 17 stating, “The state shall give priority to education, science and technology, arts, culture, and sports to foster patriotism and nationalism, accelerate social progress and promote total human liberation and development.”

The orientation was divided into two modules— “Humanizing the Scholars” and “I Have a Dream for Myself and for the Nation”.

In “Humanizing the Scholars” module, the students are encouraged to explore their strengths, values, attitudes, and motivations in life to serve as springboard for understanding the concept of patriotism, state building, and nation building. On this module, scholars were asked to identify the use of one body part in solving societal problem.

“I Have a Dream for Myself and for the Nation” module, on the other hand, focused on the scholar’s personal goals and dreams for the nation which they were able to express through the Scholar’s Dream Wall. This module aims to help the scholars understand that having dreams open more opportunities to build a sustainable future.

JLSS qualifiers report their input on Humanizing the scholars and I Have a Dream for Myself and for the Nation

After the orientation, a contract signing for the 2017 JLSS qualifiers was conducted to welcome the newest set of DOST scholars from Oriental Mindoro. The new scholars were also informed on the scholarship policies, privileges, and service obligation after graduation.

JLSS is an S&T scholarship program for third year college students enrolled in S&T Priority courses. One of its component is the “Fast-Tracked Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 2013” that aims to encourage more young minds to build a teaching career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Scholars under this program are entitled to two to three years scholarship benefits including tuition subsidy, book allowance, and other school fees.After the orientation, a contract signing for the 2017 JLSS qualifiers was conducted to welcome the newest set of DOST scholars from Oriental Mindoro. The new scholars were also informed on the scholarship policies, privileges, and service obligation after graduation.

For more information about the JLSS Scholarship Program and The Filipino Patriot Scholars Project you may contact DOST-MIMAROPA at (02) 837-2071 loc 2092 or 2093 or email us at mimaropa.dost4b@gmail.com or tap DOST-SEI at (02)839-0083 or seischolarships@gmail.com.