To honor SM Foundation scholar-graduates for school year 2017-2018, the Sy family tendered a testimonial dinner at the SMX last June 27.
Some 330 graduates nationwide (149 from the NCR, 115 from Luzon, 12 from Mindanao and 57 from the Visayas region) from 105 partner universities & colleges throughout the country together with their parents or guardians gathered to meet their benefactor, Henry Sy, Sr. and his family.
Earlier in the day, the graduates, many of whom were flown in from the provinces were offered jobs in the various SM offices in Manila and the provinces.
Job offer desks manned by Human Resource Executives of these SM offices were laid out at the entrance of the SMX Function Room for job interviews & subsequent offers.
In the past, many of these graduates accept these offers although some opt to join other companies or hold these offers in abeyance until after they have hurdled the Professional board examinations for teachers(for Education graduates), Engineering and Accounting courses.
This year’s batch is led by two summa cum laude graduates:JeddaPascual, a graduate of the Ateneo de Davao, College of Accountancy & Danielle Francis Olsen BS Accountancy from the University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos. 87 out of the 330 scholars are graduating with Latin honors. This year’s batch will also be a memorable event for Yolanda scholars from Samar, Leyte & other provinces affected by killer typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). It is interesting to note that many of these Yolanda scholars are graduating with honors.
The scholars will hear from Guest Speaker, LoidaOngteco de Vera, former SM scholar, her memorable and inspirational journey as a scholar-student to what she is now, the Operations Manager of SM Hypermarket.Ongteco- de Vera graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from the Philippine Normal University in 2000.
Partner schools of SM Foundation, SM Executives, friends & clients of the SY family and business associates are expected at this traditional dinner held in honor of these graduates. This is the 22nd year of the Presentation of Scholars to their benefactors.
SM Foundations maintains 2,000 college scholars yearly and another 2,000 tech-voc scholars. So far, more than 3,000 scholars have graduated under the SM Foundation Education Program.