2024 SM College Scholarship Program is Now Open!

There’s a trend going viral over TikTok right now: “When did you realize that your family is poor?” A simple question, yet it has gained massive responses because it cuts deep, making us reflect on life’s disparities.

For some, it’s the stark contrast in school supplies or the struggle for basics. Others remember the whispered conversations about bills. Each response echoes the realities of life—that not all families are capable of living a comfortable life. In fact, in the survey conducted last year, around half of Filipino families still considered themselves poor despite the poverty rate dropping to 22.4% from 25.24

While the poverty rate underscores progress, the journey is far from over. That’s why the SM Foundation continues its advocacy in breaking these cycles of poverty: by providing access to quality education, healthcare, farmer’s training, shelter, and social inclusion.

Break the Cycle of Poverty, Apply for the SM College Scholarship Program Now!

Helping more Filipinos achieve their dreams and break the cycle of poverty, the SM Foundation once again opens its application for the SM College Scholarship Program for Grade 12 graduates from public and private schools.

How to Apply for the SM College Scholarship Program?

Application for the SM College Scholarship is now ongoing until March 31, 2024. To apply, complete the application form on this link. Make sure to fill in all the required information, including Personal Information, Academic Background, College Plan, Family Background, and Annual Aggregate Family Income.

Also, attach to the online application the following requirements:

  • Parent’s or Guardian’s Latest Income Tax Return/Certification of Non-Filing of Income/ Certificate of Indigency
  • Latest Grade 12 Report Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • 2×2 ID Picture
  • Sketch of home to the nearest SM Mall

How to Qualify for the SM College Scholarship Program?

  1. The SM College Scholarship Program is open to Grade 12 graduates from public and private schools in areas covered around the Philippines.
  2. Applicants from private schools must have a DepEd voucher and must be Grade 10 finishers from public high schools.
  3. Applicants must have a General Weighted Average grade of at least 92% or its equivalent for Grade 12 in the first semester.
  4. As this is aimed at helping the poor, the total household income of the applicant must not go beyond P250,000 per year.

What are the Courses Offered Under the SM College Scholarship Program?

Interested applicants who are accepted under the SM College Scholarship Program are provided with a full tuition fee on the choice of specialization, monthly allowance, part-time job opportunities, exclusive job offers with the SM Group, and other fun-filled activities and enrichment programs.

Courses offered under this scholarship program include:

  • BS in Computer Science
  • BS in Computer Engineering
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering
  • BS in Accounting Information Systems
  • BSBA in Management Accounting
  • BS in Information Technology
  • BS in Civil Engineering
  • BS in Accountancy
  • BS in Internal Auditing
  • BS in Elementary Education
  • BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering/ BS In Electronics Engineering/ BS in Electronics Engineering
  • BS in Electrical Engineering
  • BS in Accounting Technology
  • BSBA in Financial Management
  • BS in Secondary Education major in Biology, Chemistry, General Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, English

Meanwhile, the partner schools in Cebu that applicants may consider are:

  • University Of San Jose Recoletos
  • University Of the Philippines Visayas – Cebu College
  • University Of Cebu – Lapu Lapu and Mandaue
  • University Of Cebu – Banilad, Lahug, Main
  • University Of San Carlos
  • Cebu Institute of Technology
  • Cebu Normal University
  • Cordova Public College
  • Cebu Technological University

After completing the online application, log in to the SM Scholarship Online System to confirm the application within seven days of submission. Note that the inability to confirm online will render the application void.

SMFI will then proceed with the assessment of the submitted application forms and documents. Applicants will receive an email notification regarding the status of application (e.g. “Declined” or “For Exam”). The schedule of the examination and venue will also be sent by email, with passers announced within the day.

After the examination, exam passers will then be interviewed by the SM Foundation on the same day. After that, a random home visit will be done to qualified applicants before getting the Confirmation of School and Course and schedule for Orientation and Contract Signing.

SM College Scholarship Program: In A Nutshell

Yes, the application process for the SM College Scholarship Program might seem like a challenging task, but remember, within this seemingly intricate process lies the golden opportunity to rewrite your story—your success story! Seize this opportunity with determination, and let it be the catalyst for a transformative chapter in your life. Your success story begins here.For the latest updates about the SM College Scholarship Program, check the official website and social media account of SM Foundation Inc.