THE Hong Leong Foundation awarded scholarships worth RM1.39mil to 32 students to further their studies at institutions of higher learning in the country.
Hong Leong Foundation executive director Quek Sue Yian said: “The workplace will undergo tremendous upheaval in the next decades with the coming of robotics and Artificial Intelligence.”“Students need to understand that the future is constantly evolving and while we are still giving out a lot of scholarships for traditional degrees such as accountancy, law, economics and medicine, I want them to remember that regardless of the type of degree chosen, being nimble and adaptable to change are the most valuable things one can take away,” she said.
The Hong Leong Foundation has been awarding the scholarships to deserving students since 1997.
To date, the foundation had empowered more than 1,000 students in realising their aspirations, with up to RM34.59mil worth of scholarships.
The scholarship is awarded for any field of study as long as it is a first full-time undergraduate or a diploma course at any recognised public and private universities and colleges in Malaysia.
One of the recipients, Nurul Hidayah Abu Hassan, 20, who is visually-impaired, was the country’s runner up in the National Quran Recital Competition in 2015.
She will be pursuing a degree in social science at Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu.
“I am thankful for the chance to pursue a degree in social work as I want to give back to society,” she said.
Another recipient, Suresh P. Velasami, 23, is from Seremban. He became an orphan at the age of eight.
He is currently in his second year studying Professional Communications at the International University of Malaya-Wales.
“Resilience has helped me overcome life’s challenges. I believe in being positive and having a can-do attitude in everything that I do.
“I am happy to receive this opportunity to pursue my studies and hope that one day I can be in a position to contribute back to society,” he said.
He also works part-time at a retail store to support his hostel fees. The scholarship from Hong Leong Foundation will help Suresh to complete his undergraduate degree.
Alicia Tan, 20, was a previous Star Education Fund recipient while the Elena Cooke Education Fund provided her monthly expenses.
Her father passed away five years ago. She is currently supported by her relatives.
“I have always wanted to be an engineer but never thought that I would be in a position to fulfil this dream. “I am grateful to the foundation for sponsoring my studies,” she said, adding that she also works part-time.
Tan, who completed her Diploma in Software Engineering, will continue with a Bachelor of Software Engineering at KDU University College.