Penang Temple foundation offering need-based scholarships, results not a factor

PENANG: The Kek Lok Si Foundation is offering scholarships to students pursuing tertiary education, but is granting them based on need, not academic excellence.

Needy students can apply to the Yayasan Kek Lok Si Financial Aid for a share of RM500,000 in funds.

Foundation board member and Kek Lok Si Temple trustee Datuk Steven Ooi (pic) said the fund was set up to help students facing financial constraints.

"It is open to all Malaysian students aged 18 and above who have enrolled either in private or Government colleges or universities.

"They can apply for this education aid regardless of race and religion," he said at the Kek Lok Si Temple in Air Itam, Penang, on Friday.

Ooi said each recipient would receive a minimum of RM1,000 in aid depending on their application.

"We look forward to helping students that really need financial aid for their education rather than focus on their results," he said.

Yayasan Kek Lok Si is a non-profit charitable organisation affiliated to the Kek Lok Si Temple.

Temple chairman Datuk Seri Ven Seck Jit Heng said the foundation, incorporated on Feb 19, is an education fund for underprivileged children.

"Yayasan Kek Lok Si is actively engaged in charitable, educational and social welfare activities throughout the year," he said.

Interested applicants can apply for the scholarship before May 31 by logging on to to download the application form.

For more details, call 04-835 2333 or email to

Successful applicants will be notified in July.

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