UCSI University presented its deserving students with the University Trust Principal’s Award for 2020 at its main campus in Taman Connaught, Cheras.
The presentation ceremony saw 814 winners from different faculties receiving their scholarships from the respective deans.
The amount was disbursed to students pursuing foundation programmes, Cambridge GCE A-Levels, South Australian Certificate Education International or Bachelor degree programmes in both UCSI University and UCSI College.
The university’s financial aid programme aims to encourage Malaysian students to excel in their studies without being burdened by financial worries.
It also seeks to create new routes for students from all around the world seeking higher education.
Recipients Dexter Cheong Zhen Hao and Teo Siow Yee, both aged 17, agreed that the awards they received would help lighten their parents’ financial burden.
“I don’t have to depend on people and I am helping my father by easing his financial burden, ” said Cheong from Cheras, who is doing his A-Levels.
His ambition is to either be a cardiac or orthopaedic surgeon, and Cheong discovered UCSI through his sister who graduated in business from there.
Teo from Kajang, who is considering between UCSI’s Foundation in Science and A-Levels, said the scholarship would help her father who could now focus on financially supporting her sister at a better school.
“I am thinking of majoring in Biotechnology, which could be pricey, ” she said.
She wants to continue with a master’s degree and concentrate on cell research with the aim of finding a cure for cancer.
She learned that UCSI had the programme she was pursuing.
Academic, Student and Alumni Affairs deputy vice-chancellor Associate Professor Dr Jimmy Mok Vee Hoong advised award recipients to not just focus on the scholarship amount they received.
“With the award, we train them to become leaders who can work as a team yet are independent and who can communicate, ” he said.
Dr Mok added that these students would eventually become ambassadors of the university in future.
“We want our students to be as successful as possible to represent the university, ” he said.
Earlier this year, the merit-based scholarship was opened to students who sat for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), Unified Examinations Certificate Senior (UEC) Middle 3, and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) O– or A-Levels.
The award ceremony was complemented with talks on study and career pathways and included a meet-and-greet session with academics.
Before the ceremony, tours were conducted to showcase selected labs to students and parents, namely for food sciences, aquatic sciences, molecular biology and phytochemistry.
The ceremony was held in conjunction with UCSI University’s open day from 10am to 6pm.
The two-day event featured various workshops related to the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment and the Institute of Creative Arts and Design.
Among the topics discussed at the workshops were understanding the different species of marine life at the faculty’s aquatic lab, embracing the technologies in the era of the fourth industrial revolution and software used to create animation, as well as a personality test.
Students also had the chance to experience a career-matchmaking session to determine their education pathways.