ACKNOWLEDGING the importance of a well-rounded education, Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NHB) recognised 180 young achievers at the recent F&N Chairman’s Award.
The students, children of employees of the F&N Group, shared a total of RM367,000 under the award scheme.
The annual award, the 14th to date, was initiated to celebrate the Group’s 120th anniversary celebrations in 2003.
To date, F&NHB has disbursed cash awards worth more than RM3mil to 2,295 children.
F&NHB Chief Executive Officer Lim Yew Hoe said that beyond achieving academic excellence, students need to grow into confident, dynamic individuals who are ready to face the evolving challenges at work and their respective life journeys.
“While academic success is highly sought after, it alone isn’t enough to succeed in the modern world. “Building character and life skills are also an essential part to a well-rounded education and success in the workplace,” he said.
Getting involved in extra-curricular activities is equally important for students, he added.
At the ceremony, F&NHB rewarded seven Special Award recipients who have excelled in both academics and co-curricular activities. Among them was Jared Ong Kai Ze, 13, for scoring 7As in his UPSR examination and winning the third place in a state volleyball competition.
Nurul Husnina Amani Abdul Halim, 16, also received the coveted award, in recognition of her outstanding achievement in the PT3 exam and participation in the national-level chess championship.
“Finding a balance between academics and extra-curricular activities is key for students although it can be challenging with the homework and tuition classes they attend.
“Parents, as strong motivators, play an important role in guiding their children to realise their full potential.
“This award is also an endorsement of your efforts for your child,” said Lim as he congratulated the parents.
Every year, young achievers and their families are invited to the F&N Chairman’s Award presentation ceremony where F&NHB chairman Tengku Syed Badarudin Jamalullail presents each of them with cash awards of between RM300 to RM5,000.
The company rewarded 43 recipients in the UPSR category, 30 in PT3 and 37 in the SPM category.
Another 63 received awards in the Tertiary Education category for successfully gaining admission to local or overseas universities while seven received Special Awards.