Investing in tomorrow: SM Group elevates Scholarship Program with holistic approach

The SM Foundation, the social good arm of the SM Group, is ramping up its scholarship program by prioritizing a well-rounded student experience for its scholars. 

This renewed focus goes beyond financial aid, aiming to nurture well-adjusted and successful graduates.

The foundation, in partnership with SM Retail and SM Supermalls, recently held a general assembly at SM City Clark for SM Scholars from Central Luzon—from Bulacan, Pampanga, Pangasinan to Cabanatuan, Tarlac, Bataan, and Zambales. 

KSK Clark Pampanga-228The SM Foundation, SM Retail, and SM Supermalls hold a SM Scholars’ general assembly at SM City Clark for SM Scholars from Bulacan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Cabanatuan, Tarlac, Bataan, and Zambales. 
KSK Clark Pampanga-288SM Scholars commenced the General Assembly with a Holy Mass at SM City Clark.
KSK Clark Pampanga-305SM Scholars and alumni with SM Retail Vice Chairman Harley Sy, SM Foundation Executive Director Debbie Sy, Executive Director for Education Programs Carmen Linda Atayde, and Senior Asst. Vice President for Education-Scholarships Eleanor Lansang
KSK Clark Pampanga-331SM Scholars convene for a productive General Assembly at the SMX Convention Center Clark.

The assembly served as a platform for scholars to connect with their peers and mentors, build a lasting network, and gain a deeper understanding of the program's benefits.

KSK Clark Pampanga-367Interactive sessions were included in the program to foster camaraderie and encourage networking between the scholars.
KSK Clark Pampanga-373SM scholars, who led the interactive sessions, received gift packs from Goldilocks.
KSK Clark Pampanga-405SM scholars snap a photo with SM Group leaders.
KSK Clark Pampanga-422The general assembly concluded with a social gathering, where scholars enjoyed a film screening at SM Cinema.

Beyond academic support, the program offers valuable opportunities for professional development. SM scholars are offered internship possibilities to immerse themselves in the corporate world, honing their skills and gaining firsthand experience.

The immersion in the professional world is designed to arm scholars with practical skills and pave the way for a promising career and journey upon graduation.

The SM Scholarship Program has a long history of supporting deserving students from underprivileged backgrounds. This emphasis on a holistic student experience underscores the foundation's commitment to nurturing the next generation of Filipino leaders.

Adding to the inspirational atmosphere of the General Assembly were successful alumni like Quenie Anne Alfonso, now an SM employee, and educator Prince Mangahas.

Joining the roster of inspirational speakers is Queenie Alfonso, an SM scholar alumna, who now proudly works as a team member of the accounting team of SM City Clark’s The SM Store.