MANILA, Philippines — Five hundred SM scholars from the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Olongapo, Cabanatuan, Pangasinan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Quezon convened at the SM Mall of Asia for the annual general assembly, an opportunity for them to get to know one another, enjoy recreational activities and gain counsel from their fellow scholars, mentors and benefactors.

The gathering began with an early morning Zumba session. SM Foundation’s executive director for education Linda Atayde welcomed the scholars and gave a brief background on how the college scholarship program started with 100 students, up to supporting 1,000 scholars at present.