With the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, SM Foundation (SMFI) ensures the continuity of its programs by adapting to the socalled “new normal” of accomplishing things.
Since the start of the lockdown, the SMFI team, specifically their education pillar conducted virtual home visits and interviews for SY 2020-2021 scholarapplicants– especially those who are scheduled during the quarantine period.
This process was previously done onsite by officers of SMFI. It is the last step for those who passed the initial screening and exam for a candidate to become one of the SMFI scholars.
SMFI executive director for education Linda Atayde shared the success of their online house visits and interview. “The quarantine period and isolation posed a big challenge for our team. Through digital technology, we were able to establish connections with our candidate scholars.
We were able to interview most if not all of the scheduled candidate scholar. There’s a big advantage using the virtual setup because the team from the Foundation were able to reach the scholarapplicants faster in spite of some of the candidates were living in the countryside.”