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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

SM Prime Nurtures UPLB Scholars to be Future Sustainability Leaders

SM Prime doesn't just develop properties, it is also committed to incorporate sustainability in their developments. In line with this, SM Prime has launched a scholarship program in partnership with the University of the Philippines Los Banos. It welcomes ten scholars who are taking up BS Human Ecology and BS Forestry courses. 

Aptly called the "SM Sustainability Scholarship," the initiative reflects SM Prime's commitment to both educational access and sustainability stewardship. 

The program will fully support ten deserving students through their undergraduate studies at UPLB, providing them with the opportunity to pursue degrees in either BS Human Ecology or BS Forestry. These fields align with SM Prime's focus on building resilient communities and fostering a sustainable future. 

The scholarship recipients, meticulously chosen for their academic excellence and dedication to sustainability, were formally recognized during a meet-and-greet gathering at UPLB, marking the start of their journey as SM Sustainability Scholars.

The scholars will receive full tuition, a monthly allowance, and book allowance so that they can focus on their studies without having any financial worries. 

Dr. Jennifer Amparo, Dean of College of Human Ecology said that the pursuit of sustainability is most effectively undertaken collaboratively. 

"CHE is one of the colleges that puts a premium on interdisciplinarity and trans-disciplinarity because we believe that in sustainability, you don't work in silos. We need to work together and build each other's skills, know-how, and also our programs together to ensure sustainability," said Dean Amparo.

"I would also like to that SM Prime for putting emphasis on this scholarship. SM Prime did not just provide the finances or scholarship. They invested the time to really meet our scholars and provided other support mechanisms to ensure that our scholars thrive in their academic lives. This is also a manifestation of SM's commitment to sustainability by really developing our future sustainability leaders."

College of Forestry and Natural Resources' Prof. Marilyn Combalicer also extended the college' support to the scholars on behalf of the college dean, Dr. Marlo Mendoza. "We hope to continue nurturing such meaningful collaboration and initiatives that enhance our educational experience and initiatives for our students. Rest assured that we will continue providing support to our students in ensuring their growth and success in both academia and beyond." 

"SM Group's founder, Mr. Henry "Tatang" Sy, Sr. believed that education is a great equalizer, and he envisioned that sending one child to college would create ripples of social good, not just for families but for an entire community," said Rida Reyes-Castillo, AVP at SM Prime and Head of Marketing, PR and Corporate Communications. "The improvement of the well-being of the youth and the partner communities is something that we at SM invest in."

For decades, the SM Group has embraced the responsibility to contribute to nation building through social good programs that are geared towards quality education, sustainable agriculture, healthcare, and disaster response. By helping improve the quality of life of the people in these host communities, social development and investment go hand in hand with business growth to achieve a better future for all.


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