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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

SM Prime and UPLB Partners for Sustainability Scholarship

SM Prime Holdings Inc. and the University of the Philippines Los Banos teams up to further promote the country's pursuit of sustainable development. 

The scholarship grant aims to assist select students pursue undergraduate degrees in Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology (BSHE) and Bachelor of Science in Forestry (BSF) - courses geared towards sustainability. 

The scholarship will be awarded to students from low-income households in Pasay City intended to provide better employment prospects and help reduce poverty and inequality, which are major obstacles to sustainable development. 

"The scholarship with enable more students to pursue their studies in areas related to sustainability such as environmental science, renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture," said Dr. Jose Camacho Jr., UPLB Chancellor. "By investing in education in these areas, we are preparing a new generation of leaders who will have the knowledge and skills to address the complex environmental and social challenges facing our world today." 

"It will encourage research and development in areas related to sustainability. By providing support for students to pursue advanced studies, we are creating a pipeline of future researchers and innovators who can develop solutions to pressing environmental and social problems," added Dr. Camacho. 

The UPLB Chancellor also believes that the scholarship can produce competent leaders capable of solving complex environmental and social challenges, and create a pipeline of innovative researchers. 

"Improving the well-being of its partner communities and investing in people's growth have long been among SM Prime's sustainability pillars woven at the core of its businesses strategies and operations. As such, SM Prime deems in important to create programs that would provide access to quality education for all, and in the long term, create a pool of proactive human resources who can responsibly carry out and balance the economic, social and environmental aspects of a society's sustainable development aspirations," said Rida Reyes Castillo, SM Prime AVP and Head of Marketing, PR and Communications. 

SM Prime hopes to create ripples of social good within the would-be scholars and families that will also contribute to the development of a more sustainable and equitable society.

"SM Prime believes UPLB would be the best partner to support its sustainability initiatives in promoting a conductive learning environment while honing new Iskolars ng Bayan leaders committed to knowledge creation and public service," added Castillo.

The SM Prime Sustainability Scholarship is open to students from Pasay City Under UPLB's BSHE and BSF programs with an annual gross family income of not more than P150,000.00

For more details, call UPLB OSG +6349 536 3209 or email: 


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