Sime Darby foundation scholarships for 150
KUALA LUMPUR: Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) recently awarded scholarships and bursaries worth RM13.9 million to 150 individuals to pursue their tertiary education at local and foreign universities, as well as for vocational courses. The presentation was held at Sime Darby Convention Centre.
(From left) Khoo Er Yang, Siti Haliza Nahim, Anis Nabilah Wahab and Stanley Thony at the scholarship presentation ceremony at at the Yayasan Sime Darby Scholarship Award Ceremony di Sime Darby Convention Centre.
More than a hundred recipients, including three disabled students, were awarded non-bonded scholarships or bursaries worth RM5 million under the YSD bursary programme.
The programme offers financial assistance to individuals from low-income families with a household earning of less than RM2,500 per month, and for those who are physically challenged but possess academic potential.
The scholarships were presented by YSD governing council member Tan Sri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd Noordin.
Zahid said YSD has more than doubled the allocation for bursaries this year.
“The programme is also to support Sime Darby’s aspiration to nurture future leaders. YSD will continue to sponsor individuals with excellent academic achievements and leadership qualities.
He said that skills were as important as academic ability as they complemented each other.
Ten students participated in the newly introduced YSD student exchange scholarship programme in China. They will undergo a one-year undergraduate foundation course at the Beijing Language and Culture University followed by a four-year degree programme at top universities in China, including Peking University, Tsinghua University and Zhejiang University.
The scholarship, worth RM3.62 million, is a collaboration between YSD and the prestigious China Scholarship Council (CSC) following the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed on June 12 in Beijing.
This is in line with YSD’s efforts to promote the development of bilateral ties between the Malaysian and Chinese government in higher education and increase the level of mutual understanding between the people of both countries.
Six other students who graduated from the YSD pre-university scholarship programme last month will further their undergraduate studies overseas at top universities such as the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) in Britain and at the University of Toronto in Canada, while the remaining 12 will pursue undergraduate studies at top universities locally.
Among the recipients is a visually-impaired daughter of a Felda settler, Anis Nabilah Wahab. She is the youngest of five siblings. Three of her siblings are also visually impaired.
“I am happy that I got selected and I am looking forward to further my studies in Malay literature at Universiti Malaya,” said Anis.
Other recipients include Siti Haliza Nahim and Stanley Thony, both from Sabah.
Haliza comes from a poor family in Kinabungan in Pitas. Her parents rely on their senior citizen’s allowance for their daily needs.
“I worked as a baby-sitter in Kudat for a year to save up for my studies,” said Siti Haliza.
Stanley comes from a poor family living near the Sime Darby Plantation’s Imam Estate in Tawau.
“My parents are not working and they cannot afford the education expenses for me and my five other siblings,” said Thony.
Khoo Er Yang, 18, who is a YSD-sponsored tennis talent received the “Star” scholarship award worth RM76,000 to pursue his A-Levels at Taylor’s College.
YSD will also fund Khoo’s higher studies in economics and finance in Britian. The sponsorship is worth more than RM450,000.
“I have been playing tennis since I was 8. I hope to be a professional tennis player in the future,” said Khoo.