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Philippine College Scholarships: SM Colleges Scholarship Program

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

Courses:

These are the preferred courses.
(Source: The SM College Scholarship Guidelines School Year 2011-2012)

  1. BS in Computer Science
  2. BS in Information Technology
  3. BS in Information Management
  4. BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering
  5. BS in Computer Engineering
  6. BS in Civil Engineering
  7. BS in Electrical Engineering
  8. 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).

  1. BS in Elementary Education
  2. BS in Secondary Education major in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, English
  3. BS in Accountancy BSC/ BSBA major in Accountancy
  4. 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)

Baguio

  1. St. Louis University
  2. University of the Philippines, Baguio
  3. University of the Cordilleras

Pangasinan

  1. Lyceum Northern Luzon
  2. Lyceum Northwestern
  3. Pangasinan State University

Pampanga

  1. Angeles University Foundation
  2. Holy Angel University
  3. University of Assumption

Bulacan

  1. Baliuag University
  2. Bulacan State University
  3. Meycauayan College

Calamba

  1. University of Perpetual Help, Binan
  2. St. Michael’s College of Laguna
  3. La Consolacion College, Binan
  4. Laguna College of Business & Arts, Calamba
  5. University of Perpetual Help, Calamba

Cavite

  1. Cavite State University
  2. De La Salle Dasmariñas
  3. National College of Science and Technology
  4. San Sebastian College, Recoletos – Cavite
  5. 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)
  6. Rogationist College

Batangas

  1. Batangas State University (Main, Nasugbu)
  2. University of Batangas

Lipa

  1. Batangas State University, Lipa
  2. DeLa Salle Lipa
  3. Lipa City Colleges
  4. First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities

Lucena

  1. Manuel Enverga University Foundation
  2. Southern Luzon State University

Naga

  1. Ateneo de Naga
  2. Naga College Foundation
  3. University of Nueva Caceres
  4. Universidad de Sta. Isabel

Cebu

  1. Cebu Institute of Technology
  2. Cebu Normal University
  3. University of Cebu (Main, Banilad, Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue)
  4. University of San Carlos
  5. UP Visayas (Cebu College- Lahug)
  6. University of San Jose Recoletos

Iloilo

  1. Central Philippine University
  2. University of the Visayas (UP Vis)
  3. University of San Agustin
  4. Western Institute of Technology
  5. West Visayas State University

Bacolod

  1. Colegio San Agustin
  2. Technological University of the Philippines Visayas
  3. University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos
  4. University of St. La Salle

Davao

  1. Ateneo de Davao University
  2. Philippine Women’s College, Davao
  3. University of Mindanao
  4. University of the Philippines, Mindanao
  5. University of South Eastern Philippines
  6. University of Immaculate Concepcion

Cagayan de Oro

  1. Cagayan Capitol Collage
  2. Liceo de Cagayan
  3. 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.)

General Qualifications:

(Source: The SM College Scholarship Guidelines School Year 2011-2012)

The scholarship is limited to public high school graduates hailing from:

  • The National Capital Region (NCR)
  • Laguna
  • Batangas
  • Pampanga
  • Benguet
  • Pangasinan
  • Bulacan
  • Quezon
  • Camarines Sur
  • Rizal
  • Cavite
  • Tarlac
  • Cebu
  • Misamis Oriental
  • Davao del Sur
  • Negros Occidental
  • Iloilo

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.

Application Procedure:

  1. Go to the Customer Service Counter of the SM mall near you to get a copy of the Application Form.
  2. 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).
  3. 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
  1. 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.

Important Note

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.

Contact Details

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

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88 thoughts on “Philippine College Scholarships: SM Colleges Scholarship Program

  1. hello po,, pede po ba ako magtake nyan scholarships dito sa general trias cavite? sa general trias cavite po ako nakatira e.. slmat po, pls txt me for the reply #09153830051

  2. Good afternoon Ma’am/Sir. Gusto ko lang po sanang malaman kung pwde pa pong mag apply ng scholarship sa 2nd semester po? Nahuli po kasi ako sa due date. Huli ko na po kc nalaman ang scholarship po ng Sm Foundation. Aasahan ko po ang inyong tugon. Thank you po :)

  3. Good Day!

    I am the Scholarship Coordinator of the University of Perpetual Help GMA Campus located at General Mariano Alvarez Cavite. May i ask the SM Foundation how our school be included on the accredited school in Cavite? How are we going to apply for it so that we shall also serve as an instrument by the foundation to help poor yet deserving students of Gen. Mariano Alvarez Cavite.

    I am looking for a positive response on this query…

    Thank you and More Power!

  4. H…poo.gusto ko po sanang mg ka roon ng scholarship kasi po wala png mag tutustus ng pag aaral ko dahil mahirap lng ako

  5. sir, madam, open din pu ba ito sa mga second year na? second year npu kc ako eotng june. ang problema ko po bka po hndi na ako mkpsok. ako po ay single parent at grade 5 p lang po ang anak ko. ksal po ako pro hiwalay po for two years, may asawa npong iba ang asawa ko at hnd nmn po niya sinusuportahan ang anak namin. e umuupa p pu kami ng anak ko ng bahay. dahil aku naman po ay ulila sa magulang at wala din pong kapatid kaya kmi n lng po tlgang dlwa ng anak ko ang magksama sa buhay at sa bahay. 36 na po ako at taga alfonso, cavite. e nagustuhan ko lng pu tlga pumasok dahil po kako pr pag ka graduate ng anak ko, makapag aral ko sya s college. un po ay kng makkpagtpos aku ng couse ko – Bachelor in Secondary Education po ang course ko sa Ccavite state university. prograamming graduate npo aku sa STI, at kya lng din po aku naka graduate s STI, ako po ay nag working student noon. way back 1999. pag gabi po, nagtatrabaho ako sa EPZA sa Rosario, Ccavite at pag arw pu aku ay npsok s STI. Pro pu dhil nga kami n lng ng anak ko ang magksma sa buhay hndi nmn npu aku makapg aplly ng trabo s ibang lugar dhil wla pu mkksma ang anak ko. kya po nagtyatyaga n lng aku s direct seling, ska po may tindhan kami dito s bhay na maliit. tumatnggap din po aku ng projek ng mga bta, dhil may isang computernmn po kami dito sa bhay. un lng pu tlga source income namin. naupa pa po aku ng bahay. sana pu aman ay pwde akung maka apply sainyo. pr hnd nmn pu aku mapatigil. sa akin lng pu din tlga nkasalalay ang kinabukasan ng anak ko.kya khit 36 na po aku, nag decide p din po akung mag aral ulit. sir , madam ako pu ay kumakatok sainyong butihing puso. kung maga grant nyo po ang request ko ito po ay mgiging napakalaking tulong hnd npu sa akin pro pr pu sa aking anak. matataas naman po din ang aking mga grades…masipag pu ako tlgang mag-aral…maraming maraming salamat po. god bless po.at nawa lalo pa kayong pagpalain ng ating panginoon at nawa po ay marami pa kayong matulungan..

  6. Magandang araw po. Ako po ngayon ay incoming 4th year high school at gusto ko po sa college ay computer engineering Nabasa ko po ang inyong scholarship grant kaya lang po galing ako sa private school. Alam ko naman po na mahihirapan ang aking mga magulang sa pag-aaral ko, at nais ko silang tulungan. At sa ganito ay malaking tulong ang maibibigay ko sa kanila. Sana po ay kahit nasa private school ay makapasok ako sa inyong scholarship. Aasahan ko po ang inyong tugon. Salamat po

  7. Helo po,puede po bang mg take ng scholarship sa cebu..taga cebu po kasi ako..puede mo mag take ng scholarship kahit hindi matalino pero masipag po ako,,puede bang mag take ng scholarship kasi 2nd year na ako then kinapos na sa pera ang mga magulang ko ..tatay ko wla ng trabaho ,,nanay ko din maid pati ako..
    gusto ko tlaga makatulong sa pamilya ko..ako lang tlaga ang inaasahan.

  8. Good Day!
    Sir/Ma’am gusto ko po sanang malaman kung kailan makakaavail po ba ako ng scholarship sa 2nd semester gusto ko po sana sa 1st semester kaya lang po nahuli na po ako sa due date. pwede po ba mapa update kung kailan po pwede maraming salamat po… ito po email ko arranguez101@gmail.com thank you po ulit.

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