Scholars from Iloilo province pose with their certificates beside a portrait of the late ‘Tatang’ Henry Sy Sr.

Five hundred high school graduates were recently awarded scholarship grants by SM Foundation Inc. at the Mall of Asia Arena Annex building for those coming from Metro Manila and nearby Luzon provinces, and simultaneously in SM stores and malls in different parts of the country.

Of the scholars, 35 percent are from the National Capital Region and 65 percent from the provinces. SM Foundation added new areas to this year’s batch of scholars, namely Daet, Sorsogon and Bataan. The last batch of scholars (for those taking five-year courses) from the Typhoon “Yolanda”-devastated regions have graduated this year.

Read more: Manila Standard