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DOST honors top scholars


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Some 70 former scholars of the Department of Science & Technology-Negros Oriental who graduated this year received medals and certificates from the DOST for attaining Latin Honors in their final year in college.

Of the total, 10 graduated as summa cum laude, 30 magna cum laude, and the remaining 30 cum laude.

Fifty of them were graduates of Silliman University while 18 of them came from Negros Oriental State University-Dumaguete, and one each from NORSU Guilhulngan City, and from Foundation University.

During the recognition ceremony held in Dumaguete two weeks ago, DOST Provincial Director Atty. Gilbert Arbon said this is the department’s way of honoring scholars who have shown outstanding performance in their studies.

“Kami sa DOST, we are really proud to acknowledge that honors you achieved. This is also the time we give due recognition to the parents. Your sons and daughters have stepped forward to be the scholars of DOST, to be iskolar ng bayan (scholars of the nation),” Arbon said.

He also added that their achievement would also leave a lasting impact on the implementation of the program.

Out of the DOST scholars who graduated from NORSU, seven obtained a degree in Psychology, two in Chemistry, three in Mathematics, another three in Secondary Education major in Mathematics, and one each BSED Science, Geology, Computer Science, and Biology.

On the other hand, 38 of the former DOST scholars in Silliman University were graduates of Medical Technology, four were graduates of Bilogy, two were graduates of Chemistry, another two were graduates of Marine Biology, and one each in Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Physics, and Psychology.

Former scholars also thanked DOST for helping them in their studies.

“Being a DOST scholar for two years as been more than a blessing for me especially as a proud daughter of a single mother who is also a farmer. Maski mo-ingon ta na free ang education sa NORSU, dili ta kaingon na wala jud gastoon si mama (Even though we know that it’s free tuition in NORSU, my mom is not exempted from paying other miscellaneous fees),” said Angelance Grace Sarona.

She completed her Pyschology degree, summa cum laude. She was a scholar under the DOST-Science Education Institute’s Junior Level Science Scholarship program.

On the other hand, Philip Bernard Obeso, a magna cum laude from Silliman University who graduated with a degree in Medical Technology, said the scholarship has not only alleviated their financial burden but also fuelled their dream and opened the doors to boundless knowledge and innovation.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to express our heartfelt gratitude to DOST. The support by DOST transcends the realm of financial assistance. It is a catalyst for our aspirations, enabling us to pursue academic endeavors with unrivalled determination and focus,” he said.

Obseso was a scholar under DOST’s undergraduate scholarship program since his first year in college.

Meanwhile, Engr. Alexis Sumugat, the third placer in the 2023 October licensure examinations for Geodetic Engineer, and a former DOST scholar, also attended the recognition ceremony.

“Strive well and always be excellent. Once you are a DOST scholar, you have to remember you are no longer standing for yourself but you also bring the community with you. Anything you achieve part pod na siya sa success sa community (Anything you achieve is also part of the success of the community),” he told the honorees.

DOST is still accepting applications for its 2024 Undergraduate Scholarship program. Deadline for online application is on Dec. 31.

Interested applicants may visit the local DOST office in barangay Daro. (Roi Anthony Lomotan/PIA7 NegOr)



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