THE Jeffrey Cheah Foundation’s annual scholarships and awards ceremony set two records last week.
First, at RM17.2mil, it is the highest annual value of scholarships awarded to 2,016 students. Second, for the first time the foundation is awarding a scholarship to the prestigious University of Cambridge.
The largest education-focused social enterprise in Malaysia, the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF) hosts such ceremonies annually to award and recognise deserving students.
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, as the guest of honour, presented the scholarship awards to the recipients, accompanied by JCF’s founding trustee Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah.
Also present were members of the JCF board of trustees Datuk Seri Razman Hashim, Tan Sri Dr Ramon Navaratnam and Tan Sri Rainer Althoff; Sunway Education Group chief executive officer Lee Weng Keng; Sunway Education Group senior executive director Elizabeth Lee, Sunway University vice-chancellor Prof Graeme Wilkinson and Sunway College and Sunway-TES executive director Teo Ee Sing.
The amount distributed this year brings the JCF’s total scholarship awards to-date to more than RM132mil.
“I am pleased and grateful that the foundation is able to contribute back to society by providing quality education.
“It is my hope that the foundation will be able to touch as many lives as possible by continuing to provide opportunities to deserving students who are otherwise denied the access to a good education,” said Cheah.
“The Jeffrey Cheah Foundation recognises that there are deserving men and women in each generation, who, like you, given the opportunity, can contribute towards society, and with each generation, become wiser, better and stronger,” he added.
Dr Mahathir praised the foundation’s efforts in his speech, saying it was a sterling example of how private institutions can lead the way for millions of talented young Malaysians who can transform the country to the high-income nation that it is destined to be.
Receiving the largest scholarship awarded to any one student so far was 19-year-old maths whiz Liew Ziqing.
Liew, who received a Sunway scholarship programme worth RM720,000, will pursue a four-year Master in Engineering degree at the University of Cambridge, UK, beginning this month.
The scholarship will cover his full tuition fees, accommodation and subsidised living expenses during his studies.
Liew was presented the scholarship based on his impressive academic performance.
He had scored 10A’s (eight of them A+s) in the SPM examination when he was a student of Chong Hwa Independent High School, Kuala Lumpur.
Liew went on to receive the Out-standing Cambridge Learner Award by the University of Cambridge International Examinations for scoring the highest mark in Malaysia for AS Level Mathematics in the Novem-ber 2012 examination.
He one of the top students who represented Malaysia in the 45th International Chemistry Olympiad in Moscow, Russia and brought home the bronze medal.
He also won the silver award at the Singapore Mathematical Olym-piad 2010, and scored a dis-tinction in the Australian Mathe-matics Competition in 2007, 2008 and 2010.
In addition , Liew was in the Top 0.3 % in the Australian Mathematics Competition in 2011, in which he won a prize.
He received a distinction and was in the Top 25% of contestants in the world in the Euclid Mathematics Contest in 2012.
Liew was valedictorian for his A-Level class at Sunway College and will join the Sunway Group as an engineer upon graduation.
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