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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


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)


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


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


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


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


  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


  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


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


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


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


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


  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


  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


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


  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 Corporate Offices, Building B
J.W. Diokno Boulevard
Mall of Asia Complex
Pasay City, 1300, Philippines
Telephone No. 831-8000 loc. 1494-1498


While every effort has been made to keep this website accurate and updated, makes no guarantees about the veracity and accuracy of the information it provides. has been established to provide students and their parents an additional source of timely and relevant information.  It is not meant to serve as nor claim to be a replacement for the information portals of universities, schools, government agencies, private organizations, and any other entities we may have used as references.

Please be advised. Thank you.

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

  1. I want to apply for a scholar, i would like to ask on how can i get the application form & when is the schedule of examination

  2. Hi i’m geraldine just call me jeje . ..i want to apply as a scholar in your foundation. . Kailan po available ang application letters na ipamimigay?


  4. pwede po ba ako mag apply ng scholarship kahit Altenative learning system (ALS) graduate ako?. . and panu po makakakuha ng application form?. . tnx po

  5. good day po! 2nd year b.s. accountancy student po ako ng centro escolar university – manila, itatanong ko po kung pwede mag apply ng scholarship kahit hindi freshman…. namomroblema po kasi ako sa pambayad sa school, kailangan ko po talaga ng scholarship. matataas naman po yung grades ko… natatakot po akong mag stop… my mother is only a housewife and my father is a bus driver…. im hoping for your reply as soon as possible…. marami pong salamat!

    • Hi Welcy,

      Start looking for SM scholarship application info at the last quarter of this year. The deadline of the scholarship application for the next school year (2013-2014) should be sometime in December of 2012.

      • ah ok po,. san po ako pwede makakuka ng application form po?
        ok lang po ba na mag-apply ako kahit nakapag 1st year na po ako.. huminto lang po ako kasi wala na po budget yung scholarhip program na in-applayan ko po dati.. sana po matanggap pa din po ninyo ako.. salamat po.. god bless po..

        • Hai Sir/Ma’am pwede po ba maka avail ng scholarship 3rd year standing na po ako ngayon pero nagkaron po kac ng financial problem at natatakot ako baka mahinto ako sa pag aaral. ngayong scholl year 2013-2014. need ko lang po ng advise..salamat po and God Bless.

  6. Good day, po DOST & SM Foundation. I understand how limited the scholarship grants that you give but these are good assurance of the best college education and good working experiences for your applicants. It is in this regard that I wish & pray for your kindest & most favorable consideration as I intend to apply for scholarship programs for my son, John Alexander Garcia Francisco, a 4thy Yr.High School ESC/FAPE scholar of the School of Our Lady of La Salette in Brgy.Muzon City of San Jose Del Monte Bulacan (Philippines) the School Principal is Hon.Sr.Letticia Valdez,Ph.D.,SNDS. My son graduated as “Mr. Elementary” in Grade 6 being the 1st Honorable mention @ St. Vincent Learning Academy of Brgy.San Vicente Santa Maria Bulacan (Philippines) with Hon. Violeta Guerrero as the School Principal. My son intends to study any of the following undergraduate courses: Bachelor in Physical Education(he’s a sports enthusiast/varsity player), BS in Hotel, Restaurant & Institution Management, BS in Biology, BS in Civil Engineering or BS in Secondary Education major in MAPEH/Biology.
    Thank you very much. More power and God bless.

  7. ask ko lng po— graduate po kase ako ng 2yrs course(computer programming) eh gusto ko po sana ituloy sya ng 4 yrs, gusto ko po kumuha ng bsit. pede pa po ba ako mag avail ng scholarship fr the course BSIT??

  8. good morning po…available pa rin po ba ang scholarship program ng SM foundation sa this year (2012) pati po next year (2013)

  9. ma’am /sir:
    good day po:)i just want to ask if you already had the list of those who are qualified for sm scholarship or the result of the exam?what if i failed to submit the BIR TAX EXCEMPTION will it affect my application?will it be processed? by the way I have it with me right now,do i need to submit it?thanks

  10. ask ko lang po kasi nag test na po ako , di pa lang labas result ng test SM scholar e kailangan na pong mag enroll kasi po may deadline ang school na papasukan ko pano po pag huli na nakalabas result at pumasa puwede pa ba mag transfer po?

  11. Optometry student po ako. and incoming 3rd year college. I just want to ask po kung nag a-avail kayo ng scholarship sa course ko. Sobrang financial crisis na po talaga kami. Haha. I really want to finish my studies po. I’ll wait for your reply. Thanks.

  12. im a 2nd yr student po at i really wanted to become one of your scholar pwede pa rin po ba akong mag apply kahit 2nd yr na ako?

  13. Halo admin:
    My interest and willingness to pursue my studies brought me in this web. I read all of the information granted by you to needy students. I am a first year student and I would like to pursue my tertiary education through the help of your scholarship program. I do believe that poverty is not the hindrance for me to succeed. I would like to request more information and criteria about this program.
    Thank you!

  14. Good day! Sir/Madam

    I’m Carlo from Cavite City one of those thousands students who avail the said scholarship program. I already passed the entrance examination at Dela Salle University-Dasmariñas, my chosen school. I think i met all the qualifications and requirements you have required. I just want to ask if the interview and the examination started?

    Thank’s and God bless:)

  15. Hi SM scholarship program! I’m Michelle.May know the ways how to apply for it? Actually I am an incoming 1st year college student.Graduated last 2007.I wasn’t able to pursue my studies yet because of financial reasons. Hope I can be part of your foundation.Please contact me at my mobile number: 09124876131.Thank You.

  16. Good day! mern na po ako application form, hinintay ko lng po kc ung results ng entrace exam, pwede ko pa po ba ipass eto? pls. reply.tnx

  17. SO graduating 4th year student po ako and meron na aq form… I was just wondering pede pa rin po ba mag apply kung ung ave. mo sa 2nd grading ay medyo kinapos lng ng onting points na sobrang liit??? pede pa nmn po un habulin sa 3rd and 4th grading diba??

    • Hi Diana Jane,

      Judgment na po yan ng scholarship administrators. Your best bet would be to talk to the SM Foundation directly to see where they stand on this matter. Good luck!

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  19. meron pa po bang scholarship examination for 2nd semester dito sa Cebu, gusto ko pong mag-take para maka-school po ako ngayong 2nd sem sana po maka-reply po kayu ASAP at i-post kailan ang exam. please po.

  20. hello, i am a 1styr engineering student at adamson university. ask lang po if may available scholarship kayo this coming 2nd sem? pls email me po for details i need it. thanks!

  21. i am a freshman student taking up accountancy. i was hoping that you extend the scholarship for those students who are enrolled in college already. because i’m one of those who wasn’t able to comply during the submission of requirements for some several problems. i really like to be a part of your scholarship. thank you and god bless.

  22. Hello good morning Maam/Sir, i am Mary Ann an applicant of SM Colleges Scholarship Program here in Bacolod,I just want to ask if the result is out already coz i cant find my result even in my yahoo mail or even in text. May I ask if I pass that said program?Tnx poh. God Bless!!!

  23. Hello good morning Maam/Sir, i am Mary Ann an applicant of SM Colleges Scholarship Program here in Bacolod,I just want to ask if the result is out already coz i cant find my result even in my yahoo mail or even text. May I ask if I pass that said program?Tnx poh God Bless!!!

  24. good morning! like the others , i want to know if i inquired thru the phone would they release the result at once; thus telling me either I’m pass or not.

  25. Good day! 🙂
    I’m Mellisa an applicant for SM scholarship 2011, and luckily passed the interview. I just wanna ask you if i passed the exam because i rally can’t find the result even conformation or text messages. I am less fortunate, because my mother can’t afford to sent me in college. She is widow, i hope that i’m one of those passers. I really need this scholarship.
    Sana i-release na po yung result. Thanks!Godbless!

    • Hi Melissa! It’s best that you call SM Foundation to inquire directly about this. This way, you will get an accurate and up-to-date response. Thanks! 🙂

      • Good day admin/s. =) I just wanna ask you guys if the result of the said scholarship is out? I really cant find the result even the confirmation or any text messages that I passed the exam. My colleague told me that she heard my name in a mall and was announced that I passed the exam (hope I was there). Thanks and good day.

        • Hi John,

          They probably don’t publish it online (or anywhere else for that matter). The best thing to do would be to call the scholarship administrators so you can confirm this info directly. If your colleague is right, it seems congratulations are in order. 🙂 Good luck!

  26. good evening sir/madam ask ko lang po kung qualified po ako sa sm scholar ?? last dec.5 pa po ako nagpasa ng requirements . God bless po always

  27. tanong ko lang sana po,kasi may kapatid ako pero 3rd year high shool pa lang sya……
    gusto ko po sana syang i apply sa scholarship nyo……
    nsa province po sya nag aaral,gusto ko lang po sana syang matulongan,
    kasai interesado sya mag aral.
    sana po mag response kayo

  28. hello ! does sm clark has tihs shcolarsip program ? im graduating next year in high can i avail this program ? thanks for the responce . im just interested about it thank you . GOD bless !

  29. what a great privelege..ill do my best just to pursue this kind of oppurtunity..what a great oppurtunity….hope i can have this scholarship..

  30. Meet me Emmanuel, I just want to ask if I can please apply to sm Scholarship program for next year even though I graduated this year 2010 and im applying for next year 2011 .. Thanks.

    • Hi Jerom,

      Please call the contact information provided in the article for all your clarifications about this scholarship. It’s much better that you go directly and hear it from the “horse’s mouth,” right? 🙂

  31. i am very much excited to have this opportunity. i am interested for this program. thank you sm for this privilege especially for us students who don’t pursue our college education because of financial reason. thank you very very much. hope i will be one of the scholars. god speed.

    • I’m sure SM would appreciate your feedback. We encourage you to call them directly, especially if you or anyone you know wishes to apply for this scholarship. 🙂

  32. Hello Mam/Sir;
    I would like to know if you grant scholarship in Cebu for second semester. And if there is,we would like to know if where we pass our application letter. Hope for your response.
    Thank you.

    • Emery,

      The article discusses the application process in great detail. For specific inquiries, please contact the SM Foundation directly. The Foundation’s contact information can also be found in the article.

  33. sm , tnx in helping people who are unfortunate but deserving students..continue helping people po..slamat tlaga kay god at sm nkuha ko sa scholarship…

    • kailan po ba labas result exam… kasi po antay namin bago kami apply ibang school… sana malaman na namin … kailan po ba?

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