PETALING JAYA: Brendan Chew Yiun Cherk was visibly emotional when he received the Star Education Fund scholarship award to study at the University of Nottingham Malaysia.
The 20-year-old is now in his first year pursuing a degree in International Communication with Film and TV.
“We have been living on the Bantuan Sara Hidup programme (formerly known as BR1M) as my father is retired and my mother is a housewife, ” he said at the presentation of the scholarship awards to recipients at Eastin Hotel here yesterday.
The scholarship, he added, had lifted a huge burden off his family.
As the eldest child, Chew said he was responsible for providing for his family.
“I found out about this scholarship through my cousin, who is also a recipient.
“It’s such a relief... at least I will not have to worry about my tuition fees, ” he added.
Fellow recipient Leow Wei Li, 19, is thankful that he will be able to pursue a degree in International Business and Marketing at Taylor’s University.
“The scholarship will allow me to gain quality education, ” said the eldest of three siblings, who was born in Kuching but raised in Brunei.His father was the breadwinner of the family but was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer recently, he added.
Since its inception in 1994, the Star Education Fund has benefited 4,050 scholarship recipients with a value of RM136.5mil.
Star Media Group chief executive officer Andreas Vogiatzakis said a total of 141 scholarships valued at RM9.15mil were awarded this year.
“The success of the Star Education Fund all these years is largely due to the amazing partners-in-education, some of whom have been with us since we began in 1994.
“This year, we are honoured to have 30 partners who share our vision of making quality education accessible to high-performing talents, ” he said.
Thanking the partners-in-education for their support, Vogiatzakis added that the company looked forward to working hand in hand with them to continue providing an avenue for aspiring young Malaysians to reach for the stars.
“By the end of this journey, you will be joining elite alumni, many of whom have become Malaysia’s movers and shakers.
“Star Media Group’s commitment to education is reflected in our many products and initiatives that are wholly focused on the promotion of and access to education, ” he said during the presentation ceremony.
See the full report in StarEducate this Sunday.
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