Students get International Baccalaureate scholarships

ELAYNA Mohamed Emery and Evan Loo Hsien Rong have received the 2019-2021 International Baccalaureate (IB) Scholarship from the International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL).

The Malaysian scholarship recipients, their families, current scholars and ISKL administration attended a special scholarship ceremony where they were joined by an Education Ministry official Sofian Tajul Arus.

ISKL admissions director Julia Love said: “Every year, the standard of application is extremely high and this year was no exception.”

“We received applications from highly qualified candidates and I congratulate Elayna and Evan on their success.

“As well as outstanding academic results, they both have a broad range of talents and passions, from track and field through to chess and debate.

“This well-rounded approach to student life typifies ISKL’s educational philosophy and our mission to support students to become socially responsible global citizens,” she said.

ISKL has awarded more than 30 IB Diploma Scholarships to Malaysian SPM leavers since the programme first began in 2002.

In keeping with ISKL’s focus on holistic education, applications are based on academic record, co-curricular involvement and commitment to community service with shortlisted applicants undertaking an entrance exam and panel interview.

Both scholarship recipients expressed their excitement about joining ISKL and embarking on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

The IBDP is a challenging pre-university curriculum that leads to a qualification recognised by tertiary institutions worldwide.

ISKL is the longest running IB World School in Malaysia and has run the IBDP since 1989.

Graduating IB scholar, Nicole Phung Weng Kay congratulated the incoming scholars, saying that undertaking the IBDP at ISKL had been a life-changing experience.

She encouraged them to take advantage of the huge range of opportunities ISKL has to offer.

“In addition to the academic programme and supportive teaching environment, I have benefitted from getting involved in debate, Ted Ed, National Honor Society and ISKL’s Fem Club.

“I particularly value the focus the school places on developing important skills such as critical thinking and collaboration, which are so important for life beyond school,” she added.

Phung, who has just completed the IBDP, is planning to study law in the United Kingdom and has received conditional acceptances from University College London, University of Bristol, University of Manchester and University of Hong Kong.