Scholarships for needy offer hope

Prof Wilkinson and Lee (second row, eighth and ninth from left) with the new, existing and graduated scholars during the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF) Community Scholars Get-Together.

A NEW batch of scholars under a Sunway Education Group community scholarship scheme were recently welcomed at the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF) Community Scholars Get-Together.

The gathering held at Sunway University, Subang Jaya, united new, existing and graduated community scholars with the purpose of getting to know one another.

The annual get-together also serves as an opportunity for

seniors to share and encourage the juniors in their education journey.

In his welcome speech, Sunway University vice-chancellor Prof Graeme Wilkinson highlighted that the community scholarship scheme offered opportunities to the less fortunate.

The JCF Community Scholarship Scheme is beneficial in many aspects, such as providing education funds, accommodation, living allowance and bringing together students from all backgrounds.

“We are proud of this scheme because it enables growth for deserving young people to benefit from quality education, no matter what their personal circumstances are. Every year, we select a number of scholars with potential to nurture them, ” said Prof Wilkinson.

He also said these efforts were socially inclusive and have been recognised internationally.

Its inclusiveness is part of the reason the university is the only non-government linked university in Malaysia to earn a five-star rating in the International QS ranking.

“The JCF Community Scholarship was first offered in 2002 and now 20 scholarships are allocated each year to deserving students, “ said Sunway Education Group director of Student Life Lee Siok Ping.

“To date, the JCF Community Scholarship has disbursed scholarships amounting to RM12mil to 220 students.”

The JCF, through Sunway Education Group institutions, has, as of last year, awarded more than RM402mil in scholarships in total to thousands of deserving students in various fields of study.

Present to share their experiences as community scholars were Venisri Jeyaraman, who is currently pursuing her BSc (Hons) Business Studies at Sunway University and Leong Chee Keong, an alumnus of Sunway BSc (Hons) Financial Analysis, who is now a management associate in securities services operations at Citibank Malaysia.

Leong said with the quality education that Sunway provided, he was given a chance to reach greater heights in his career.

Meanwhile, Venisri said she was blessed to be a recipient of the JCF Community Scholarship, which covers full tuition fee, accommodation, book purchase and monthly allowance for her higher education.

The JCF Community Scholarship was set up to specifically help financially challenged but deserving youth access to higher education.

Each year, the JCF Community Scholarships are awarded to aspiring students from welfare homes and disadvantaged backgrounds for them to pursue their studies at Sunway University and Sunway College.

Malaysian Care is Sunway’s JCF Community Scholarship appointed collaborative partner and acts as the coordinator for the initial selection process for scholars.

Besides Sunway University degree programmes, these scholarships are also offered to those interested in pursuing their higher education at Sunway College in its various programmes, namely diplomas in accounting, business administration, communication, events management, finance, hotel management, information technology, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Certified Accounting Technician (CAT), Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB), and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) as a full-time students.

Malaysian aged 18 to 25 from residential care homes, community centres or underprivileged and needy community are eligible to apply for the JCF Community Scholarship.

The eligibility criteria include candidates with SPM, O-Levels, UEC, STPM or other equivalent qualifications and are able to meet the minimum entry requirements of the programme.

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