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Published by Afterschool.my on Sep 30, 2020, 11:31 am
Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) announced that they are committed to their goal of creating equal education opportunities in Malaysia. Hence, YSD has awarded 560 scholarships and bursaries that are worth of RM25 million for the year 2020/2021.
The YSD foundation began the year by presenting to a first batch of 121 recipients the scholarships and bursary awards worth RM10mi. The YSD Scholarship Award Ceremony was held at Sime Darby Convention Centre Kuala Lumpur.
The scholarship recipients consisted of individuals from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and 11 differently-abled students.
“Celebrating the Diversity of YSD Scholar Recipients” was the theme for this year’s event.
The scholars receiving this scholarship would be able to continue their tertiary education at top Universities in UK, China, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.
Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar explained in his speech that students from low- income backgrounds benefited by 88% from the YSD Scholarships and bursary, and that the aid would enable their continuous access to better quality of education.
Tunku also shared inspiring stories involving two recipients Mohd Farhan Bryan who received the YSD–Sime Darby Berhad Excellence Scholarship Award for a two-year Cambridge A-Level programme leading to a top global university placement, and Gowri K. Marappan who received a YSD Special Needs Bursary to pursue a degree in business administration at Universiti Putra Malaysia
Tunku Imran said “I have high hopes that Gowri, Farhan Bryan and the other recipients will realize their full potential with life-changing opportunities and secure a better future for themselves and their families.”
The Guest of Honour, YB Ras Adiba Radzi, was invited to present certificates to the differently-abled scholars as well as the YSD Chairman’s Award recipient, Amirul Hakim Noor Haizat, who completed his MBA degree from Oxford University, and YSD Inspirational Award recipient, UKM graduate Joel Koitaka from Papua New Guinea.
“I graduated from school with flying colours, obtaining an award for being the best-performing OKU (persons with disabilities) student in Johor” said Guest Speaker and former YSD Scholar Nadeera K.Vasu as she shared her experience and journey to empower the scholars and society.
Nadeera is a Youth Advocate for Malaysian Rare Disorders Society and finalist of the Miss Amazing Malaysia 2020/21 beauty pageant for differently-abled women.
“I received the Special Needs Bursary from YSD in the final year of my degree, after numerous attempts to obtain a scholarship” added Nadeera.
“Being differently-abled should not stop one from achieving their goals” she encouraged. She also added, “I wish to express my gratitude to Yayasan Sime Darby for its support;]".
4,851 students have benefited through the YSD scholarships and Bursaries so far.
The next opening for YSD scholarships and bursary programmes would be in March 2021 for students who wish to apply.
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