UNDER the Maybank Group Scholarship Programme this year, 69 students have been selected as recipients of over RM3.8mil to pursue their undergraduate studies in various disciplines at top local public and foreign universities.
Maybank chairman Tan Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa said investing in the nation’s talents remains a priority for the group despite the current challenging environment.
“For the past 49 years, more than 2,000 students have benefited from the scholarship programme.
“We are committed to continuously developing and enriching the pool of potential talents by providing sponsorships to deserving Malaysian students, especially those from the lower income bracket, to pursue quality higher education at leading public universities in the country, as well as in America, Australia and the United Kingdom,” he said in a press release dated Oct 20.
He added that the scholarship programme, administered by Maybank Foundation, meets the United Nations’ Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) 4, 10 and 17, which promote inclusive and equitable quality education.
In recognising diversity and inclusivity, as well as the evolving nature of the banking industry, applicants from a wide variety of academic disciplines were welcomed to give them a fair opportunity of pursuing their dreams to make an impact in the world.
Apart from sponsoring those pursuing their studies in finance-related disciplines or other fields relevant to the industry, the scholarship programme supports students pursuing courses in disciplines such as engineering, creative design, data science and IT applications.
In her welcome message for this year’s intake of new scholars, Maybank Group chief human capital officer Datuk Nora Manaf reminded the scholars that passing examinations alone will not help them be good talents.
She encouraged them to also pursue the development of their character, resilience and integrity by being involved in various extracurricular activities, as well as to be knowledgeable and in touch with the world around them.
Upon graduation, these scholarship recipients will be bonded to Maybank for three years if they pursue their studies locally and five years, for overseas education.
In line with remote working practices given the movement restrictions, the scholarship selection process was conducted online this year.
Each candidate went through a rigorous selection process and assessment focusing on their leadership qualities and the ability to work in a team, apart from the standard prerequisite of having achieved excellent academic results and active engagement in extracurricular activities.
Applicants with strong soft skills such as being able to communicate ideas clearly, demonstrating creativity and innovativeness, strong problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills, and displaying adaptability or agility given the rapidly changing environment, were prioritised.
The scholarship award encompasses financial support, including tuition fees, living allowances, accommodation and book allowances, insurance coverage, and a laptop.
All recipients will be absorbed into a career development programme which includes internships, business assignments, and personal and leadership development workshops.