Ellen Grace Ablanque, a summa cum laude graduate of Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Negros Occidental Recoletos in Bacolod City led the 105 SM scholars graduates of schoolyear 2009-2010 the ceremonial presentation of scholars at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, recently.

Ablanque was joined by three more SM Scholars from Bacolod City namely Doely Joy Benavente (Cum Laude - BS in Accountancy, University of St La Salle Bacolod), Bea Mae Jolito (Cum Laude - BS in Accountancy, UNO-R), and Giselle Diaz (BS in Management Accounting, USLS-Bacolod).

The Sy family headed by Henry Sy Sr., SM Founder and chairman of the board of trustees of SM Foundation, together with Felicidad Sy and the members of the Sy family honored the graduates and their parents. Robert Kuan, chairman of the board of trustees of St. Luke’s Medical Center and member of the board of directors of Far Eastern University (FEU), DeLa Salle Professional School, Brent Int’l School in Subic and chair of the Brent Int’l School in Manila and Baguio had been invited to give an inspirational talk to the graduates. Invited to the dinner were the Foundation board members together with officials of the SM Group of Companies, members of the academe and other partners in the scholarship program of the Foundation.

 Ellen, Doely, Bea and Giselle with Mr. Henry Sy and Felicidad Sy

Bea, Giselle, Doely and Ellen with SM Prime president Mr. Hans Sy

This 14th batch of graduates brings to 1,180 the number of graduates since the scholarship program began in 1983. Meanwhile, Ablanque, Benavente, Jolito and Diaz are the first Batch of graduates in Bacolod City.

The education advocacy of the SM Foundation supports 900 college scholars at any given time enrolled in universities and colleges nationwide. Aside from the scholars taking Bachelor degrees in the fields of engineering, accountancy, education and information technology, SM Foundation likewise supports scholars at the Punlaan School and the Don Bosco Technical School.