DOST offers scholarships, free digital library


Jan Vincent Leuterio

DAVAO DEL NORTE, July 29 (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) S&T undergraduate scholarship program is now accepting Grade 12 applicants, while its free digital library, STARBOOKS, is now accessible on mobile.

DOST Davao del Norte Scholarship Coordinator, Engr. Maria Paula Enguito shared this information, during today’s Pakigsayod aired over Radyo 911 and streamlined through PTV DavNor 48.

Enguito said that the 2021 S&T undergraduate scholarship boasts an array of financial benefits that can be enjoyed by the scholars going into their first year of college.

“Ang pinaka nindot kaayo nga benepisyo ani kay financial gyud. Dagko kaayo ug financial na benefits (The most attractive benefit is the financial. There are so many financial benefits),” she said.

She explained that for each scholar, the DOST Science Education Institute (SEI) has a budget of P40,000 per year, which means an allotment of P20,000 per semester for the scholar, and a P10,000 book allowance per year, which can be used for other projects since DOST will not be asking for receipts of the book allowance usage.

In addition, DOST will also be providing health and accident insurance premium for the student-scholars.

For the scholars who choose to go to a university outside the province, there is a transportation allowance: one economy class round-trip fare, and a living monthly allowance of P7,000 per month.

“Ug ang pinakamaayo gyud ani, ang monthly living allowance nga P7,000 per month (And the best one is the monthly living allowance of P7,000 per month),” she added.

As well, summer allowance is available for those who are required to attend summer class.

At the 4th or 5th year of the student’s college course, a P10,000 thesis allowance is allotted to the scholar, and finally, a graduation allowance for those finishing their course.

Some of the qualifications to avail of the scholarship among others are:

1. Be a natural-born Filipino citizen.
2. Poor, talented and deserving. She noted that “poor” can be taken loosely as there are scholars who are not necessarily very poor but passed the exam.
3. Since the college course that must be taken is STEM related, applicant must be from the STEM strand or member of the top 5 percent of a strand that is not STEM.

Interested applicants for more information may call the DOST landline number 084-216-2415 or visit the website at In addition to the scholarship program, Enguito revealed that the country’s first digital library, DOST STARBOOKS, is now accessible on mobile for free.

The DOST STARBOOKS was originally intended for teachers and students in the far-flung areas and gave them digital access to science and technology information in the form of videos, journals, etc. without the need of internet access.

Now with the launch of STARBOOKS mobile app, everyone in the country with a smartphone can access it.

The STARBOOKS app can be downloaded from Android’s playstore, while the app for ios is still being worked on. (Jan Vincent Leuterio/PIA-XI)