SM College Scholarship: A Scholarship Guide


Henry Sy, Sr. and Felicidad T. Sy founded the SM Foundation in 1983, but it wasn’t until 1993 when the foundation opened its doors for the first batch of college scholars. The SM College Scholarship program aims to support poverty-stricken youth to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams through education.

As of writing, the SM College Foundation has supported over 4,000 college scholars and more than 4,000 Technical-vocational scholars.

Listed below are the program’s guidelines, benefits, as well as its partner schools.


SM College Scholarship Qualifications

Junior and Senior high schools who graduated from a public school are eligible for the program and private high school graduates with DepEd vouchers. The following covered areas are qualified for the scholarship program:

  • Luzon: NCR, Albay, Bataan, Batangas, Benguet, Bulacan, Cagayan, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Cavite, Isabela, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, Palawan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Sorsogon, Quezon, Rizal, Tarlac, Zambales
  • Visayas: Capiz, Cebu, Iloilo, Leyte. Negros Occidental
  • Mindanao: Agusan del Norte, Davao del Sur, Misamis Oriental, South Cotabato, Zamboanga del Sur

Likewise, the applicant must also have a general weighted average grade of at least 88% or equivalent for Grade 12 during the first semester. The total household income must also have at most Php 150,000 per year.



Accepted applicants may enjoy the following benefits:

  • Choice of specialization in accounting, information technology, engineering, and education
  • Full Tuition
  • Monthly Allowance
  • Part-time job opportunities during semestral and Christmas break
  • Exclusive job offers with SM group upon graduation
  • Other fun-filled activities and enrichment programs


Courses supported under the scholarship program

  1. BS in Computer Science
  2. BS in Information Technology
  3. BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering/BS In Electronics Engineering/BS Electronics Engineering
  4. BS in Computer Engineering
  5. BS in Civil Engineering
  6. BS in Electrical Engineering
  7. BS in Mechanical Engineering
  8. BS in Elementary Education
  9. BS in Secondary Education major in Biology, Chemistry, General Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, English
  10. BS in Accountancy
  11. BS in Accounting Technology
  12. BS in Accounting Information Systems
  13. BS in Internal Auditing
  14. BSBA in Financial Management
  15. BSBA in Management Accounting NCR Schools

For the above-mentioned (1-7; 10-15) courses, scholars will be directed to enroll in any of the following schools:

  • Asia Pacific College
  • FEU – Institute of Technology
  • National University (NU) Manila, Fairview

For the above-mentioned (8-15) courses, scholars in NCR will be directed to enroll in any of the following schools:

  • Asia Pacific College
  • Far Eastern University
  • Jose Rizal University
  • National University
  • Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina
  • Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
  • Philippine Normal University
  • Philippine School of Business Administration (Manila)
  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  • University of the East-Caloocan
  • University of the Philippines-Diliman


LUZON Partner Schools

Albay – Legazpi

  • Bicol University
  • Divine Word College
  • University Of Sto. Tomas – Legazpi


  • Bataan Peninsula State University

Batangas – Batangas City, Lipa, Lemery

  • University Of Batangas – Lipa and Main
  • Batangas State University –, Balayan, JPLPC, Main, Malvar, Nasugbu, Rosario
  • De La Salle University – Lipa o First Asia Institute Of Technology And Humanities
  • Lipa City College
  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Batangas

Benguet – Baguio

  • Saint Louis University
  • University Of The Philippines – Baguio
  • University Of The Cordilleras

Bulacan – Baliuag, Marilao, Pulilan, San Jose Del Monte

  • Baliuag University
  • Bulacan State University
  • Meycauayan College

Cagayan – Tuguegarao

  • Cagayan State University-Main, Andrews
  • University of St. Louis

Camarines Sur – Naga

  • Ateneo De Naga University
  • Camarines Sur Polytechnic College – Nabua, Naga
  • Naga College Foundation
  • Partido State University
  • Universidad De Sta. Isabel
  • University Of Nueva Caceres

Cavite – Bacoor, Dasmarinas, Molino, Rosario

  • Cavite State University – Bacoor, Imus, Indang, Rosario
  • Dela Salle University – Dasmariňas, Cavite
  • National College Of Science And Technology
  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Maragondon o Rogationist College
  • San Sebastian College – Recoletos de Cavite

Isabela – Cauayan

  • Isabela State University
  • Our Lady Of The Pillar College – Cauayan, Isabela
  • Philippine Normal University – Alicia, Isabela
  • University Of Perpetual Help System – Isabela

Laguna – Calamba, San Pablo, Sta. Rosa

  • Dalubhasaan ng Lungsod ng San Pablo
  • Laguna College Of Business And Arts
  • Laguna State Polytechnic University – Sta. Cruz, San Pablo
  • National University – Calamba
  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Binan
  • University Of Perpetual Help System – Biňan, Dalta, Rizal o University Of The Philippines – Los Baños

Nueva Ecija – Cabanatuan

  • Araullo University
  • Central Luzon State University

Palawan – Puerto Princesa

  • Palawan State University

Pampanga – Angeles, San Fernando, Telabastagan

  • Angeles University Foundation
  • Holy Angel University
  • University Of The Assumption


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Pangasinan – Dagupan, Rosales, Urdaneta

  • Kingfisher School of Business and Finance
  • Lyceum Northern Luzon Pangasinan
  • Lyceum Northwestern University
  • Pangasinan State University – Asingan, Bayambang, Lingayan, Urdaneta

Quezon – Lucena

  • Manuel Enverga University Foundation
  • Southern Luzon State University


  • University of Rizal System


  • Sorsogon State University


  • Tarlac State University

Zambales – Olongapo

  • Bataan Peninsula State University
  • Columban College
  • Gordon College


VISAYAS Partner Schools

Capiz – Roxas

  • Capiz State University
  • Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion
  • Filamer Christian University


  • 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


  • University Of San Agustin
  • Central Philippine University
  • University Of The Philippines Visayas – Iloilo
  • West Visayas State University

Leyte – Ormoc, Tacloban

  • Eastern Visayas State University – Burauen, Ormoc, Tacloban
  • Leyte Normal University
  • Saint Paul School Of Professional Studies
  • University Of The Philippines Visayas – Tacloban College
  • Visayas State University o Western Leyte College of Ormoc City

Negros Occidental – Bacolod

  • Colegio San Agustin o University Of St. La Salle
  • Technological University Of The Philippines – Visayas
  • University Of Negros Occidental – Recoletos


MINDANAO Partner Schools

Agusan del Norte – Butuan

  • Caraga State University
  • Father Saturnino Urios College

Davao del Sur – Davao, Lanang

  • Ateneo De Davao University
  • University Of Southeastern Philippines
  • University Of Mindanao
  • University Of The Philippines Mindanao – Davao City
  • University Of Immaculate Concepcion

Misamis Oriental – Cagayan de Oro

  • Xavier University – Ateneo De Cagayan
  • University Of Science And Technology Of Southern Philippines
  • Liceo De Cagayan University
  • Cagayan De Oro College

South Cotabato – General Santos

  • Mindanao State University
  • Notre Dame Of Dadiangas University

Zamboanga del Sur – Zamboanga City

  • Ateneo de Zamboanga
  • Universidad de Zamboanga
  • Western Mindanao State University


Application process

STEP 1: Apply online

Visit at, accomplish the online application, and upload all required documents.

STEP 2: Confirmation of Application

Log-in to the SM Scholarship Online System to confirm application within 7 days of submission. Take note that the inability to confirm online will render the application void.

STEP 3: Process & evaluation

The foundation will assess submitted application forms and documents. The applicant will receive an email notification regarding the status of the application (e.g. “Declined” or “For Exam”)

STEP 4: Examination

The exam schedule and venue will be sent via email. Passers will be announced on the same day as the exam.

STEP 5: Interview

Exam passers will be interviewed individually by the SM Foundation on the same day of the exam.

STEP 6: Home visit

The SM Foundation team will conduct random home visits to applicants who passed the interview. An applicant who does not qualify after the home visit will be notified via email.

STEP 7: Confirmation of School & course

Successful applicants will be notified via email to confirm the school and course.

STEP 8: Orientation and contract signing

An email notification with the schedule of orientation and contract signing will be sent to the applicant.


Applications for the SM College Scholarship Program SY 2020-2021 is now closed. Follow Facebook/SMFoundationInc or for updates!

For inquiries, contact either of the following:

  • (02) 8857 0100 local 1688
  • (0917) 809 0519


—(Source: SM Foundation)