SM FOUNDATION is inviting incoming college freshmen to apply for a shot at being an SM scholar, as it opens anew the SM's College Scholarship Program for students entering college for school year 2022 to 2023.

All applications are done through an online portal that will remain active until the deadline on March 15, 2022.

The SM Scholarship Program was born out of a vision of the late SM patriarch, Henry Sy Sr.

Fondly called Tatang in the SM network and amongst friends and family, the late Sy believed that if one could send at least one child from an economically challenged family to college, that child would have more opportunities to have gainful employment and later on uplift the economic status of their family.

Tatang's gift of free education, through SM Foundation, has helped deserving and qualified students complete their education or have access to technical vocational studies since the program started in 1993.

To date, SM has produced more than 8,000 college and tech-voc scholar-graduates.

The SM scholarship program is open to the following:

* Grade 12 graduates from public and private schools in the areas covered.

* Applicants from private schools must have a Department of Education (DepEd) voucher and must be Grade 10 finishers from public high schools;

* General weighted average grade of at least 92 percent or its equivalent for Grade 12 - first semester

* Total household income of not more than P150,000 per year.

The program covers the following field of studies: Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Computer, and Electronics), Education (Elementary and Secondary); Accountancy, and Financial Management, among others.

To apply to the SM Scholarship Program, visit the website www.sm-foundation.org.

More information is available online such as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube: @SMFoundationInc. (PR)