THREE Malaysians have joined the ranks of some 240 students who had been awarded the AT & T Leadership Awards.
They are Sharmini Ilankovan who is at Franklin and Marshall College, Soo Chuen Tan at Harvard University, and Jason Tan at the Washington University.
This unique community programme is designed to provide financial support to Asian students studying in the United States.
Open to students from Australia, the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand, the AT & T Leadership Awards recognise 30 outstanding students from the region, each of whom receives US$4,000 (RM15,200) in cash awards.
To qualify for these awards, students must be first year full-time undergraduates or graduate students enrolled at accredited colleges and universities in the US who began their courses between January and September 2002.
Award winners are selected based on several criteria including academic results, standardised test scores such as university entrance examinations and the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and a short essay. Since its launch in 1995, a total of 240 students have received the awards.
The programme is supported in part through a grant from the AT & T Foundation, AT & T's principal philanthropy arm, and is co-managed and administered with the Malaysian-American Commission on Education Exchange (Macee).