More than 100 graduating senior high school students from Negros Occidental, aspiring to be college scholars of SM Foundation starting school year 2020-2021, took the qualifying examinations at the UNO-R Information Technology building in Bacolod City Wednesday, a press release from the mall said.
Greg Baclea-an, SM Foundation assistant manager for Education Programs, said that those who will be granted a scholarship will enjoy full college tuition and other benefits. “At our partner schools, a student’s choice of specialization includes accounting, information technology, engineering, and education,” he said.
This year, SM Foundation implemented the digital examination, making the process faster and more efficient. Students who passed the exam qualified for the next round or the interview, the press release said.
For more than 20 years, the SM Foundation has supported the college education of qualified and deserving students with limited financial means.
“It was our SM founder, Henry Sy Sr.’s belief that when a family member graduates from college and starts earning, that scholar can help another sibling go to school and serve as the key to lift their family out of poverty,” Baclea-an said.
There are over 100 partner-schools nationwide. In Negros Occidental, the SMFI has scholars in the University of St. La Salle, Colegio San Agustin, Technological University of the Philippines–Visayas, and UNO-R, the press release said.
Aside from tuition, the scholars also get a monthly allowance, may avail of part-time jobs during semestral and holiday breaks, enjoy other fun-filled enrichment activities, and have opportunities for employment at SM.
The online screening is currently being held at different venues all over the country. SM Foundation hopes to complete the scholars’ lineup in a few weeks.
Aside from the scholarship program, SM Foundation provides other educational support, like technical-vocational scholarships for out-of-school youth in selected areas, and school building donations. Other areas where SM Foundation is involved are in medical, health and wellness, livelihood, and relief operations, among others, the press release added.*
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