We usually attribute the letters “SM” to shoes and department stores, but the foundation of the same name cooks up more than just merchandise. In fact, one of its current projects involves college scholarships.
One brainchild of the SM Foundation is known as the SM College Scholarship Program. Its main purpose is to finance the tertiary education of deserving yet financially challenged students. If this sounds good to you, take a gander at the following tidbits.
The SM College Scholarship in a Nutshell
These are the preferred courses.
(Source: The SM College Scholarship Guidelines School Year 2011-2012)
- BS in Computer Science
- BS in Information Technology
- BS in Information Management
- BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering
- BS in Computer Engineering
- BS in Civil Engineering
- BS in Electrical Engineering
- BS in Mechanical Engineering
Note: For the above-mentioned (1-8) courses, scholars in NCR will be directed to enroll in any one of the following: Asia Pacific College (APC), FEU – East Asia College, or National University (NU).
- BS in Elementary Education
- BS in Secondary Education major in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, English
- BS in Accountancy BSC/ BSBA major in Accountancy
- BS in Pharmacy
Note: For the above-mentioned (9-12) courses, scholars in NCR will be directed to enroll in any of the following: Adamson University, Centro Escolar University, Far Eastern University, Jose Rizal University, National University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Philippine Normal University,Philippine School of Business Administration,University of the East-Caloocan,University of the East-Manila, University of the Philippines-Diliman and Manila.
Partner Schools Outside NCR
These are the SM College Scholarship Program’s preferred / partner institutions outside NCR.
(Source: The SM College Scholarship Guidelines School Year 2011-2012)
- St. Louis University
- University of the Philippines, Baguio
- University of the Cordilleras
- Lyceum Northern Luzon
- Lyceum Northwestern
- Pangasinan State University
- Angeles University Foundation
- Holy Angel University
- University of Assumption
- Baliuag University
- Bulacan State University
- Meycauayan College
- University of Perpetual Help, Binan
- St. Michael’s College of Laguna
- La Consolacion College, Binan
- Laguna College of Business & Arts, Calamba
- University of Perpetual Help, Calamba
- Cavite State University
- De La Salle Dasmariñas
- National College of Science and Technology
- San Sebastian College, Recoletos – Cavite
- University of the Phil, Los-Baños (I know, Los Banos is in Laguna. Don’t kill me. I’m just copying what was in the brochure, he he)
- Rogationist College
- Batangas State University (Main, Nasugbu)
- University of Batangas
- Batangas State University, Lipa
- DeLa Salle Lipa
- Lipa City Colleges
- First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities
- Manuel Enverga University Foundation
- Southern Luzon State University
- Ateneo de Naga
- Naga College Foundation
- University of Nueva Caceres
- Universidad de Sta. Isabel
- Cebu Institute of Technology
- Cebu Normal University
- University of Cebu (Main, Banilad, Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue)
- University of San Carlos
- UP Visayas (Cebu College- Lahug)
- University of San Jose Recoletos
- Central Philippine University
- University of the Visayas (UP Vis)
- University of San Agustin
- Western Institute of Technology
- West Visayas State University
- Colegio San Agustin
- Technological University of the Philippines Visayas
- University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos
- University of St. La Salle
- Ateneo de Davao University
- Philippine Women’s College, Davao
- University of Mindanao
- University of the Philippines, Mindanao
- University of South Eastern Philippines
- University of Immaculate Concepcion
Cagayan de Oro
- Cagayan Capitol Collage
- Liceo de Cagayan
- Xavier University
Number of Slots
The program offers scholarships for 400 graduates of public high schools. (Don’t have the most up to date information on this one, sorry.)
The scholarship is limited to public high school graduates hailing from:
- The National Capital Region (NCR)
- Camarines Sur
- Misamis Oriental
- Davao del Sur
- Negros Occidental
The combined income of the working family members in their household must be no more than PhP 150,000 a year.
In terms of grades, their fourth-year weighted average grade should be at least 88% in the second or third grading period.
- Go to the Customer Service Counter of the SM mall near you to get a copy of the Application Form.
- Completely fill out the Application Form. See a copy of last year’s application form (Do NOT use this form; it’s outdated and is provided here only to give you an example of what information the application form will require).
- Attach to the fully accomplished SM College Scholarship Application Form the following documents:
- A photocopy of your F138 or your 4th year High School Report Card with the Second or Third Grading period’s weighted average
- If it’s available, a photocopy of the Certificate showing that you passed the college entrance exam of the college or university of your choice
- A photocopy of the latest Income Tax Return of the income-earning members of your household;
- If one or more income-earning household members are exempt from filing income tax return, the exempt household member’s/members’ Certificate of Non-Filing of Income
- Submit the fully accomplished SM College Scholarship Application Form (complete with all applicable attachments) to the SM Customer Service Counter on or before the deadline.
Deadline of Application
For the 2012-2013 intake year, the application deadline is on December 20, 2011.
What Happens After Application Form Submission
The scholarship committee will review and screen college scholarship applications. Qualified applicants will be told through a Telephone Call or through an SMS (i.e. text message) about their Interview Schedule and IQ Test Schedule.
For last year’s scholarship application, the interview and IQ test were administered from January – March 2011.
In case you’re wondering, the SM Foundation has no entrance exam for you to pass — that’s the job of the university you wish to attend.
Scholarship Privileges and Obligations
(Note: This section may be slightly outdated, but it should still help if you need general info on the SM College Scholarship Benefits.)
Basically, the SM Foundation will cover the scholars’ school-related expenses—allowances, transportation fees, school materials and tuition. It will also host different annual and monthly activities for the scholars to enjoy. Some of these include:
- counseling sessions (on an individual basis)
- programs promoting value formation
- sessions geared toward spiritual renewal and emotional/moral support
- SM department store jobs during summer and Christmas time
There’s no such thing as a free lunch/scholarship, so scholars will need to “pay” for the right to enjoy their privileges in two main ways. One important factor involves earning a minimum weighted grade average of 80% or its equivalent and having no failing grade in any subject. The presence of a single unacceptable grade may result in the scholar being placed on probation for a term.
The second major consideration involves keeping communication lines open between the scholar and the Scholarship Program Director. This is done in a number of ways:
- Receiving certification from the Director—certification which the scholar will present to the college of choice upon enrolling
- Turning the registration card in to the Director’s Office for payment processing
- Reporting to the Director in person every month for the purpose of paying the student’s monthly expenses
- Reporting one’s grades to the Director a couple of weeks after the semester’s final exams.
If there’s anything you need to clarify about the SM College Scholarship Program, feel free to ask the folks over at the SM Foundation. Just call the Office of the Executive Director at (02) 810-8030 or 810-2016-19 and look for the project coordinator, Dr. Lydia B. Echauz. Alternatively, you may send them a facsimile at 818-1099.
If the above contact numbers don’t work, use the information below (taken from last year’s College Scholarship Guidelines):
SM FOUNDATION, INC.
SM COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
SM Corporate Offices, Building B
J.W. Diokno Boulevard
Mall of Asia Complex
Pasay City, 1300, Philippines
Telephone No. 831-8000 loc. 1494-1498