CIMB ASEAN Scholarship aims to empower the brightest youth in the region by providing pathway to tertiary education

CIMB Group’s group chief people officer and group sustainability officer Gurdip Singh Sidhu and CIMB Thai president and chief executive officer Paul Wong Chee Kin, together with representatives from CIMB at a recent Hari Raya Aidilfitri engagement session with scholars and various students.

FULFILLING one’s aspiration or dream often starts with getting to attend your preferred university and pursuing your field of choice.

Then comes the discovery phase of what you do during your university days, to help you shape and steer towards your desired career thereafter.

CIMB Group and CIMB Foundation are committed to empowering youths across Asean to achieve their best.

The CIMB ASEAN Scholarship reinforces the group’s commitment to nurture the brightest minds in the region by providing them with the right start to chart their future.

This group-wide initiative, which was kick-started in 2016, grants scholarships to Malaysian students via CIMB Foundation, whilst in other Asean markets, the scholarships are granted by the group’s respective local banking entities.

The CIMB ASEAN Scholarship has helped over 100 bright and ambitious students take that journey towards fulfilling their dreams, since 2016.

The programme is open to Asean candidates from undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and those who have a minimum of one academic year left in their course of study.

Successful candidates of the programme come from a set of diverse backgrounds, with recipients hailing from various Asean countries, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

CIMB ASEAN scholars are required to possess the following qualities:

> Possess strong academic results with a minimum CGPA requirement of 3.25/4.0 (or equivalent), as well as a strong history of academic excellence and active engagement in extracurricular activities.

> Excel in team dynamics with robust leadership and interpersonal skills.

> Be able to use creative and innovative thinking to solve practical problems (thinking outside the box).

> Have the passion to make a difference in whatever they set out to do.

Successful candidates will have access to a wide array of benefits and learning opportunities. This includes:

>Full financial support

Successful candidates will receive full scholarship coverage, which covers the entirety of their tuition fees or remaining fees, if they are currently enrolled. This entitlement also includes other academic fees and expenses such as registration, exam fees, living allowances, study books and a laptop.

>Career Mentoring

Scholars will have access to comprehensive career mentoring from CIMB’s team of mentors throughout their time as a CIMB ASEAN scholar.


CIMB ASEAN scholars will also be offered internships during their study breaks across the organisation’s regional and global footprint.

>Signature Graduate Management Programme

Upon completion of their studies, scholars will be given the opportunity to join the coveted The Complete Banker (TCB) programme, TCB Digital and the new sustainability focused TCB programme. These programmes will boost the scholars’ all-round skills, providing a holistic and solid foundation in professional development to be future-ready members of the CIMB brand, as well as the workforce as a whole.

This life shaping opportunity awaits the best amongst you. We want to hear from you. The application period for the CIMB ASEAN Scholarship is now open until June.

Interested candidates can submit their applications here

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