With the firm belief that education is a person's strongest weapon against poverty, Henry Sy, Sr., through SM Foundation established the SM College Scholarship Program in 1993. It has since branched out to provide technical-vocational scholarships and donate and renovate school buildings in communities nationwide.

SM College Scholarship Program

    Qualifications to apply for
    SM College Scholarship:

  • The applicant must be a fourth year high school student.
  • The applicant must have a weighted average of at least 88% by the second or third grading period.
  • The applicant's family annual income must be PHP 150,000 at most.

Application for school year 2015-2016 is now closed.

Courses offered under the
SM College Scholarship Program
  • Accountancy
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Information Management
  • Information Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Secondary Education, Major in Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, or Physics
The SM College Scholarship program started with the vision of SM patriarch Henry Sy, Sr.—to send one child from a less fortunate family to college. After graduation and upon employment, the scholar could send one sibling to school and thus help provide a better future for the family.

The SM Scholarship Program has produced over 1,900 graduates to date. Currently, it supports 1,500 scholars in its 82 partner colleges and universities, nationwide.

In 2014, SM Foundation lauded its 18th batch of SM Scholar-graduates which produced 220 graduates, 69 of them receiving honors. SM Foundation also welcomed 326 new scholars into its program for school year 2014-2015, 100 of which are survivors from Haiyan (local name: Yolanda)-stricken areas.

Scholars are entitled to full matriculation fees and monthly stipend. They are also given a chance to experience summer/Christmas break jobs at SM Malls and, after their graduation, will be offered exclusive job opportunities by the SM Group.

Technical-Vocational Scholarships

Another program under SM Foundation's education arm is the Technical-Vocational Scholarship Program. In 2014, SM Foundation supported a total of 149 technical-vocational scholars in their partner schools—107 from Punlaan School and 42 from Don Bosco Makati Technical Institute.

To date, SM Foundation's Technical-Vocational Scholarship Program has produced 361 graduates.

School Building Program

SM Foundation continues to push further in its education advocacy by donating and renovating public school buildings in communities where these are needed the most.

In 2014, SM Foundation's School Building Program has donated a total of 11 school buildings and 56 classrooms with most of its recent constructions included under its Haiyan Rehabilitation Program. By the end of the 2014, it has already donated 67 school buildings with 196 classrooms in communities nationwide.

Most of the school buildings donated under the program are two-storey, four-classroom buildings which are fully furnished. Each building comes with 200 student armchairs, 16 wall fans, eight blackboards, four teachers' desk sets and four toilets. SM Foundation also handles the regular maintenance of the buildings.

Through its 12 years of service, SM Foundation has partnered with various companies and organizations to intensify the program's magnitude. They are SM Prime Holdings, Deutsche Bank, BDO Foundation, GfK Consulting, Monolith Construction and Development Corporation, and individual donor Mr. Stephen CuUnjieng.