Do you want to be a scholar at the country’s premier science high school?

The scholarship application for in-coming grade 7 students for 2023-2024 in the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) is now open to eligible Filipino students through its Requirement for Admission, Criteria and Evaluation (RACE).

The deadline for online and in-person filing of application is on November 15, 2022.

A grade 6 elementary pupil from a duly recognized school by the Department of Education who meets the following criteria is eligible to apply for the PSHS RACE.

Criteria for eligibility

To qualify, applicants must have a final grade of 85% or better in Science and Mathematics, evidenced by the student’s report card. If the student’s grades in Science or Math are below 85%, then, he/she must provide evidence that he/she belongs to the upper 10% of the batch;

be a Filipino citizen with no pending or approved application as immigrant to any foreign country; not be more than 15 years old by June 30, 2023;

have at least a satisfactory rating (or its equivalent) in his/her Character Rating in his/her report card (SY 2021 - 2022); have not previously applied for admission in PSHS; and preferably, be in good health and fit to undergo a rigorous academic program.

Application requirements

Fully accomplished application form; recent 1 x 1 ID pictures; non-refundable processing fee of P300 for private school students, based on the applicant’s Grade 5 school; free application for public school students and full scholars from private schools; certified true copy of report card (SY 2021 - 2022) by the class adviser/principal If the final grades in Science or Math are below 85%, certification or proof that the child belongs to the upper 10% of the batch;

Certification from the private school if the pupil-applicant is on full scholarship; and RACE Online Application website: nce.pshs.edu.ph

Scholarship privileges

Free tuition fee; free loan of textbooks; monthly stipend; uniform, transportation, and living allowances for low income groups; dormitory accommodation (if applicable).

The selection procedure is composed of two stages: determining the applicant’s predicted NCE grade, which is based on final grades in science and mathematics in grade 5, and combining accumulated scores from the applicant’s academic rank at the end of grade 5, and evaluating the applicant’s personal essay on a particular topic.

PSHS will be having the RACE for the third consecutive year in lieu of the National Competitive Exam (NCE) for the Pisay scholarship application and screening of aspiring in-coming grade 7 students.

“Although the current recorded daily Covid-19 cases are relatively lower than the previous year, we still want to avoid the spread of the virus among thousands of examinees who will gather in test venues nationwide,” said PSHS System Executive Director Lilia T. Habacon.

PSHS campuses are located in Diliman, Quezon City (Main Campus); San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur; Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, Irisan, Baguio City; Clark, Pampanga, Barangay Sampaga, Batangas City;

Barangay Odiongan, Romblon; Goa, Camarines Sur; Jaro, Iloilo; Palo, Leyte; Argao, Cebu; Dipolog City, Zamboanga; Balo-i, Lanao del Norte; Mintal, Davao City; Koronadal City, South Cotabato; and Ampayon, Butuan City.

The PSHS System is an attached agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). (Aries N. Oliveros)