The SM Scholarship Program is not just about securing an education for those who would have no access to a college degree or technical-vocational studies; it’s all about providing holistic growth.
Since 1993, the SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI), through its scholarship program, has provided deserving and qualified technical students with access to college education and-vocational studies. To date, it has produced more than 8,000 scholar-graduates.
And in order to ensure a brighter future for its scholars, SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI) exposes them to various enrichment activities and opportunities that will prepare them for their life after school.
Alumni Regine Duga-Mestula and Jeff Moises Hontoria, who worked part-time in SM during their semester breaks, shared what a SM scholar is about in a recent kumustahan session.
Regine graduated from the Mindanao State University-General Santos City in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in Management. She is currently employed at the Land Bank of the Philippines. Jeff, meanwhile, graduated from the Central Philippine University in Iloilo City in 2018 with a BS in Accounting Technology. After gradating from college, he was elected as Sangguniang Kabataan chairman of their barangay.
“As an SM scholar, one of my unforgettable experiences includes working part-time at SM every summer and Christmas breaks. Through this, I was able to learn how to always be respectful of my co-workers, Jeff was quoted as saying in Filipino and in English in a media release from the foundation.
“SM taught me not just to be a responsible student, but also to have good work ethics,” he added.
Regine, also quoted speaking in English and Filipino, said, “Holistic growth. That’s what SM ensures for its scholars. Because of SM, I was able to earn not only a college degree but also experience in the assurance and the assurance that I would have a job after graduation.”
“After graduation, SM holds a job fair. I can confidently say that I have a competitive advantage among other graduates. I was able to land a job easily,” she said.
‘People helping people’
As she works and builds her career, Regine said she is able to help her family financially and prepare for her own with her husband.
Regine helped send two siblings to school and became an inspiration for them to be good at it.
“I can say that our life is much better now, especially that I was able to build our own house,” she said.
Like Regine, Jeff said things that were beyond his family’s reach are now accessible — a house and a car, among others.
Jeff said the “People Helping People” principle of SMFI inspired him to go into politics. “Just as SM helped me, I am now helping to fulfill the dreams of the youths in my barangay by giving them access to free school supplies, financial assistance and other things.”
Jeff is in the government service for more than three years now and has implemented various projects for their barangay, including the “Binhi at Punla para kay Juan.”
The project, which provides the agricultural needs of small-scale farmers in their barangay during the pandemic, won the Outstanding SK Project Award for Economic Empowerment from the Positive Youth Development Network and Galing Pook Foundation.
Just like Regine and Jeff, you may also fulfill your dream of finishing your tertiary education through the SM College Scholarship Program. Visit www.sm-foundation.org and follow @SMFoundationInc on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for more information.