Financial worries eased

BRITISH American Tobacco Malaysia (BAT Malaysia) recently awarded 17 scholarship awards, worth a total of RM310,000, to deserving students through the BAT Malaysia Foundation.

The foundation’s chairman William Toh, who is also the company’s managing director, said that the company had the responsibility to contribute to the communities that it operates in.

“It is our privilege to be able to make a difference to the lives of these commendable students, and we are equally pleased to help them overcome their financial burdens,” he said.

The 17 recipients were awarded with RM8,500, RM5,000, and RM3,000 per annum for degree, diploma, and certificate programmes, respectively, for the entire duration of their course.

One of the recipients, Farah Farzana, said that the scholarship was important to her and her family, especially in the economically challenging times.

“I am thankful that this scholarship is awarded to me. It will not only help to pay for my studying materials, food, and rent, but also encouraged me to study even harder and of course lessen my family’s burden,” said the medicine student from the Royal College of Medicine, Perak.

This year, the foundation also increased the scholarships’ value, which received much positive feedback from recipients and parents alike.

“The increase in scholarship value is to help provide scholarships to those who need it most, especially in times of economic hardship,” said Toh.

Aside from the increase, Toh announced that in the next round of awards, the foundation would also reduce the minimum application criteria for their scholarships to 5A’s from the current 7A’s in their SPM examinations.

“I trust that this revision will bode very well for more students to apply for the BAT Malaysia Foundation Scholarships,” said Toh.

The scholarships were awarded to recipients made up of permanent employees of the company, their children, as well as the children of tobacco growers, curers and retailers.

Since its inception, the foundation has invested over RM14mil in scholarships to benefit more than 2,000 students.

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