APPLICATIONS for the 2014 Elena Cooke Education Fund are now open for Malaysians below 23 years old who have obtained at least 3As in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.
The fund aims to help underprivileged young people to pursue quality education after SPM in local colleges or universities.
Bukit Bintang Girls’ School (BBGS) Alumni Berhad founding director Moey Yoke Lai said the fund was different from other study awards as they welcome students who have fewer As in their SPM results than top scorers, but who showed a good track record in school co-curricular activities and are serious about education as the means to break out of the poverty cycle.
The fund was set up in honour of the late Elena Cooke who was the longest serving principal of the BBGS and the only person who spent 50 years of her life as a student, teacher and principal at the school.
To date, three young women have benefited from the fund.
Sabahan Ranimah Oransum has successfully completed her Early Childhood Education diploma course and is now working in a kindergarten in her home state.
Deborah Cheong, who was raised in a children’s home since Form Two, is presently doing the same course at Methodist College Kuala Lumpur while Rebecca George is pursuing a Certified Accounting Technician qualification at Sunway College.
“Our pioneer scholars are progressing well and we are eager to see more young people grasping this opportunity,” said Moey.
The fund works closely with local higher educational institutions so that successful candidates are financially covered throughout their diploma or degree course.
The institution will cover the tuition fees while the fund pays for accommodation, books and living expenses.
The closing date for applications is March 31.
Application forms can be downloaded from www.bbgs.com.my/elena-cooke-education-fund/jhow-to-apply/.