Keeping the faith: Finding hope through education

When Aljon Laborte’s father boarded the MV Princess of the Stars en route to Cebu in 2008, he didn’t think that this will set off a chain of events that will change his life drastically.

“I was still in high school when my dad died,” Aljon said. “He was one of the victims of the MV Princess of the Stars.”

Golfing friends keep memory alive through scholarship grants

What better way to remember a friend who passed away years ago than by sponsoring scholars?

This is why the Louis Coson Friendship Cup Scholars keep growing each year. In 2008, golfing friends of the late Ambassador Louis Coson decided to sponsor a golf tournament, proceeds of which will honor his memory through a scholarship program. With the help of SM Foundation, the first batch of scholars, all children of caddies/umbrella girls or boys, were awarded scholarship grants in colleges within the vicinity of Tagaytay Midlands where the tournament was first held.

First batch of scholars join SM Foundation College Scholarship Program

New SM scholar Kenneth Gayagomes and his father Hugo were all smiles as they signed the contract to formalize Kenneth’s scholarship grant from SM Foundation last April 8, 2015. A total of 145 students from NCR and nearby areas of Bulacan, Baliwag, Sta. Rosa, Calamba, San Pablo and Cavite, were welcomed as SM Foundation’s first batch of scholars for school year 2015-2016.

Employment opportunities within SM Group extended to scholar-graduates

On May 27, 264 scholar-graduates of SM Foundation in accountancy, computer science, information technology, education, computer engineering, electronics and communications engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering and mechanical engineering were offered positions by the human resources representatives of the SM Group. Participating companies include SM Investments Corporation, The SM STORE, SM Food Retail, Shopping Center Management Corporation, SM Prime Holdings, Inc. and other SM Retail affiliates.

Deutsche Bank Ag Manila partners with SM Prime and SM Foundation to build a new school building in Valenzuela

The partnership of SM Prime Holdings Inc., DEUTSCHE Bank Ag Manila and SM Foundation Inc. has resulted anew in a newly – constructed 2-storey, 4 classroom building complete with student chairs, tables, wall fans, computers and a toilet per classroom in Wawang Pulo, Valenzuela. Aside from these, murals depicting moral values are painted within the walls of the classrooms painstakingly done by volunteer employees of the Bank during week-ends.

DepEd recognizes SM group’s continued investments in education

SM Foundation, SM Prime Holdings Inc. and SM Synergy Properties Holdings Corporation are among the partners recognized by the Department of Education (DepEd) in its event “Adopt A School Program: 17 Years of Celebrating Partnerships” on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the Department of Education (DepEd) Complex in Pasig City. Spearheaded by DepEd Secretary Brother Armin Luistro and Undersecretary for Partnerships and External Linkages, USEC Mario Deriquito, the Adopt A School Program invites the private sector to partner with DepEd in support of better quality education.

SM scholar feature: Transforming opportunities into pathways of success

Mary Jhoy Mabulac believes that when an opportunity knocks, one must be fast to open the door. When she heard that the SM Foundation College Scholarship Program was accepting applications for school year 2015-2016, she wasted no time in submitting her application.

Tessie Sy-Coson receives “Outstanding Exemplar” Award

President Benigno Aquino presented the ‘Outstanding Exemplar in the Private Sector’ award to Tessie Sy-Coson for SM Foundation’s programs in education, health and wellness, and livelihood during the annual media Bulong-Pulungan Christmas party event at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila last December 11. The ‘Outstanding Exemplar’ award is given yearly to people from both the government and private sector who have made great contributions in nation-building.

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