New stu­dents ad­mit­ted to SM schol­ar­ship for 2019

The Philippine Star - - PEOPLE & EVENTS -

SM Foun­da­tion wel­comed 430 new schol­ars to its col­lege schol­ar­ship pro­gram on May 8, as it con­tin­ues the legacy of SM founder Henry Sy Sr. of in­vest­ing in the fu­ture through ed­u­ca­tion.

The award­ing of the schol­ar­ship grants will be done na­tion­wide. This year, Bataan, Daet and Sor­so­gon have been added to the list of ar­eas where the schol­ar­ship is avail­able.

The other ar­eas cov­ered by the schol­ar­ship pro­gram are NCR, Al­bay, Batan­gas, Benguet, Bu­la­can, Ca­gayan, Ca­marines Norte, Ca­marines Sur, Cavite, Is­abela, La­guna, Nueva Ecija, Palawan, Pam­panga, Pan­gasi­nan, Que­zon, Rizal, Tar­lac, Zam­bales in Lu­zon; Capiz, Cebu, Iloilo, Leyte, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal in the Visayas; and in Min­danao, Agu­san del Norte, Davao del Sur, Misamis Ori­en­tal, South Cota­bato, and Zam­boanga del Sur.

The col­lege schol­ar­ship pro­gram is the flag­ship pro­gram of SM Foun­da­tion. Un­der the pro­gram, schol­ars en­joy full tuition and mis­cel­la­neous fees sub­sidy. They are also pro­vided with monthly stipend and job op­por­tu­ni­ties at SM malls dur­ing sum­mer or Christ­mas breaks. They are given the op­tion of pur­su­ing cour­ses in Com­puter Sci­ence, In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing (Civil, Elec­tri­cal, and Elec­tron­ics), Ed­u­ca­tion (El­e­men­tary and Sec­ondary); Ac­coun­tancy, and Fi­nan­cial Man­age­ment, among oth­ers.

The new schol­ars join the more than 1,500 col­lege grantees SM Foun­da­tion main­tains at any given time since the schol­ar­ship pro­gram started. They are en­rolled in 82 part­ner col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties.

SM Foun­da­tion also sup­ports tech­ni­cal-vo­ca­tional schol­ars en­rolled in var­i­ous train­ing cen­ters. Through the techvoc schol­ar­ship, SM Foun­da­tion of­fers the op­tion of a two-year course in the ar­eas of Food and Bev­er­age, Au­to­mo­bile Me­chanic, Fit­ter Ma­chin­ist, Elec­tro-Me­chan­i­cal Tech­ni­cian, Re­frig­er­a­tion and Air-con­di­tion­ing, Small Arc Weld­ing and Elec­trome­chan­ics are made avail­able to those who do not want to pur­sue a four-year col­le­giate de­gree. By pro­vid­ing the schol­ars with skills in de­mand in the mar­ket, they are given bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove their lives.

SM schol­ars who have fin­ished their de­grees/train­ings are now em­ployed and help­ing their fam­i­lies, a tes­ta­ment to Henry Sy Sr.’s be­lief that ed­u­ca­tion is the best de­fense against poverty. For when one fam­ily mem­ber grad­u­ates from col­lege, he/she is em­pow­ered to help an­other sib­ling go to school and serve as the key to lift their fam­ily out of poverty.

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