As an alumna of UP Los Baños, I am thrilled that SM Prime has teamed up with UPLB. They’re committing to further promote the country’s pursuit of sustainable development.
A scholarship grant by SM Prime will assist select students of BSHE (Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology) and BSF (Bachelor of Science in Forestry). Both courses are geared towards sustainability. Students from low-income households in Pasay City will be awarded scholarships.
For Innovation and Sustainability
In an interview, UPLB Chancellor Dr. Jose Camacho, Jr. shared his optimism about the partnership. He cited the impact of education, especially sustainability-related fields of studies, on social and economic mobility.
“The scholarship will enable more students to pursue their studies in areas related to sustainability. Such as environmental science, renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture. By investing in education in these areas, we are preparing a new generation of leaders. Those who will have the knowledge and skills to address the complex environmental and social challenges facing our world today,” Dr. Camacho said.
“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.”
The UPLB chancellor believes that the scholarship can produce competent leaders capable of solving complex environmental and social challenges, and create a pipeline of innovative researchers.
He added fostering collaborations and innovation in sustainability between the academic community and the private sector can lead to new environmentally and socially responsible products, technologies, and services that contribute to Sustainable Development Goals.
Creating a Better Future
SM Prime AVP and Head of Marketing, PR, and Communications Rida Reyes Castillo shared that the partnership between SM Prime and UPLB is a testament to the shared commitment of both institutions towards promoting sustainability. As well as creating a better future for the next generation.
SM Prime hopes to create ripples of social good within families and communities. Ultimately, contributing to the development of a more sustainable and equitable society.
“Improving the well-being of its partner communities and investing in people’s growth. At the core of its business strategies and operations are SM Prime’s sustainability pillars. As such, SM Prime deems it 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. That can responsibly carry out and balance the economic, social, and environmental aspects of a society’s sustainable development aspirations,” Castillo said.
“SM Prime believes UPLB would be the best partner to support its sustainability initiatives in promoting a conducive learning environment while honing new Iskolars ng Bayan leaders committed to knowledge creation and public service.”
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 PhP150,000.00
For more information, interested applicants may contact the UPLB OSG +63-49 536 3209 or email at [email protected].