MORE than RM1mil in rewards were given to 259 high-achieving students this year by the National Land Finance Co-Operative Society, Malaysia Nanban reported.
Society chairman Tan Sri K.R. Somasundram, who spoke at an event to honour the students, said the society had been rewarding those who achieved good results in the SPM and STPM exams every year for the past 23 years.
At one time, only five students received the annual award, he said, noting that while this year’s number was encouraging, it still dropped from a one-time high of 400.
The society rewarded high-scoring children of its members with RM1,000 each.
The three best students received full scholarships.
Top scorer P. Yashini of Negri Sembilan also received the Tun V.T. Sambanthan gold medal for her achievement.
Somasundram reminded students, parents and teachers present that education was the first step to building a community’s wealth.
He urged them to make use of the education programmes put in place for the children of society members.
“And, that includes interest-free study loans,” he said.
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