RM5mil HELP awards for students

Talents wanted: (From left) HELP education services CEO Dr Gerard Louis, Tian, Dr Goh, HELP University deputy vice-chancellor (research) Prof Datuk Dr Zakaria Ahmad and deputy vice-chancellor (academic) Dr Khong Kim Hoong, HELP International Corporation executive director Adam Chan, Prof Chan, Datin Chan, Prof Liew, Wong, Isaacs, and Sarma posing for a photo with students at the launch. — FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

HELP University is awarding study awards worth up to RM5mil to students who strive to challenge and push boundaries for the betterment of society.

A total of 380 study awards will be awarded as part of the varsity’s #WhyNot? campaign to mark HELP’s 38th anniversary, said its chief executive officer Dr Goh Chee Leong.

The study awards are available for all foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes conducted at the institution from now until December this year, he said during the unveiling of the #WhyNot? campaign at the HELP University Subang 2 Campus on April 2.

The application criteria, he added, is designed to support highly motivated and talented individuals who can actively demonstrate a “challenger and why not spirit”.

“What matters is not just your academic achievements or sports accolades; what we are looking for is the determination to effect positive change in the world, whether it is in law, business, education, medicine, or any other field.

“If we identify your desire to break free and push boundaries with a challenger spirit, we don’t want financial issues to stand in the way of your education.

“We want to provide you with the opportunity to be the catalyst for change and lead industry-driven projects through various collaborations and dynamic partnerships,” he said in his speech.

The launch of the #WhyNot? campaign, said HELP vice-chancellor Prof Dr Andy Liew Teik Kooi, embodies the varsity’s commitment to redefining education since its inception in 1986 and to inspire individuals to embrace new possibilities throughout their learning journey.

“The campaign is built upon four pillars, namely: academic excellence, life and career preparation, vibrant student life, and wellness and community.

“We believe that each person wants to go through a transformational experience so that they will become successful and be able to live a life of significance,” he said.

During the event, the varsity’s founders and pioneers of the country’s private education sector, HELP chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Paul Chan and Datin Chan-Low Kam Yoke, shared their journey in establishing the institution.

“Decisions that we make and problems that we solve must be consequential, going beyond success to achieve true significance.

“Because we care, we strive to provide opportunities to anyone who wants to have an education,” said Prof Chan in a video presentation.

To inspire students, the varsity also celebrated its alumni who exemplified the #WhyNot spirit by challenging norms and achieving remarkable success.Among its notable alumni were ZUS Coffee chief operations officer Venon Tian; Early Autism Project Malaysia director and The Hope Project founder Jochebed Isaacs; entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and green pioneer Aaron Sarma; and Energem Corp managing director Doris Wong.

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