Program grants scholarships to RP high school students

SCG, a leading Asean conglomerate advocating for sustainability, supports and empowers the next generation to achieve a brighter future through its SCG Sharing the Dream scholarship program.

SCG will provide educational assistance to 230 underprivileged Filipino high school students who have demonstrated gratitude towards their families, proactively contributed to their communities, and have good academic records.

Now on its ninth year, the program operates under the theme "My Dream, My Future," in an effort to help students realize and achieve their goals.

In partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), SCG has expanded its program to Tondo, in addition to the existing beneficiaries from areas where SCG subsidiaries operate - Batangas, Bulacan and Taguig.

Since its Philippine launch in 2008, the SCG Sharing the Dream program has granted scholarships to more than 1,400 Filipino public school students, even providing financial and material assistance for an entire academic year.

Phaskorn Buranawit, country director of SCG in the Philippines said, "We believe SCG Sharing the Dream is a stepping stone for students to reach for a brighter future. We believe that by investing in education we are helping bring long-term development to our host communities. Over the years, we have witnessed the success of the program through the many scholars that have paid it forward by helping uplift their families and communities in the eight years since its establishment in the country. Under this program, SCG also grants 5,000 scholarships per year to students across Asean."

The scholarship program is not only limited to educational and financial assistance for students. Life skills workshops are in place to ensure a holistic progress wherein scholars are engaged through sessions of values education, personality development and financial literacy.

These specific sessions are geared towards helping students find their preferred career path upon completion of the program. A recognition day is also organized to honor their excellence and perseverance, and to encourage better performance among the scholars.

For 2016, the program was opened to incoming second to fourth year high school students of selected public schools in Batangas, Bulacan, Taguig and Tondo. Interested applicants were required to have good academic records with a general weighted average (GWA) of 85 percent or higher and with no grades below 75 percent, possessing a strong motivation to pursue a higher educational degree.

They were also required to be active participants of non-academic organizations and extra-curricular activities. The prospective scholars should be in need of financial assistance, with the total monthly household income being less than P12,000. Requirements also included a barangay certificate, a copy of their latest report card, a certificate of Good Moral Character and a two-page essay with the theme, "My Dream, My Future."

SCG Sharing the Dream is a regional program that has granted scholarships to students in Asean countries, including Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, with the aim to improve the livelihood of people around the region through the education of the youth.

Source: Tribune