Aiding students in their dream quest

(From left) Ooi, Ven Xian Guan, Ven Jit Heng and Dr Wong showing the Yayasan Kek Lok Si Financial Aid banner after the press conference at Kek Lok Si Temple in Ayer Itam, Penang.

APPLICATIONS for the Yayasan Kek Lok Si Financial Aid is now open for those who want to pursue their tertiary education.

Its president Datuk Seri Venerable Seck Jit Heng said this was the third year that scholarships would be given out to those who have been accepted or enrolled at any universities or colleges.

“Regardless of race or religion, we are hoping to help as many students as possible, and we are not limiting the number of applicants.

“We received the donations from the public and we want to give it back to society as much as we could.

“At the same time, we are hoping that the beneficiaries would also give back to the society when they are able to do so,” he said at a press conference at the Kek Lok Si Temple in Ayer Itam on Thursday.

The foundation, a non-profit charity affiliated to Kek Lok Si Temple, actively runs healthcare, education and social welfare activities yearly.

Ven Jit Heng said in 2016, financial aid amounting to RM441,000 was given to 140 needy Malaysian students.

He said last year, they gave out RM537,000 to 537 students.

He added that applicants did not have to be excellent in examination results in order to get the aid.

“We will vet the applications based on their family background and their needs, such as the number of siblings and other criteria.

“Unlike other result-based scholarships or study aid, academic results are not our main focus.

“We believe that students should be given opportunities as long as they are willing to further their studies,” he added.

Foundation board member Datuk Steven Ooi said the financial aid would motivate the students to work harder for their dreams.

“The aid would also alleviate the financial burden of needy families.

“Past recipients are also welcome to send in their applications,” he said.

Head of the Yayasan Kek Lok Si Financial Aid Dr Wong Teik Aun said they received applicants from all over Malaysia in previous years, where 20% were non-Chinese.

He said the application form could be downloaded from and the deadline for application is May 31.

He added that students would have to complete the form in hardcopy, and attach relevant documents as instructed in the application form before sending it to Yayasan Kek Lok Si, Kek Lok Si Temple, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang with the word ‘REF: YKLS2018’ clearly written on the top left corner of the envelope.

He stressed that incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline would not be entertained.

Successful applicants will be notified in July.

Also present at the press conference was Kek Lok Si Temple abbot Ven Seck Xian Guan.

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