IT WAS a double joy for Yayasan Khazanah (YK) as the premier scholarship provider hosted its pre-departure briefing for scholars and staged the Yayasan Khazanah Awards Day recently.
The annual pre-departure briefing at Mercu UEM in Kuala Lumpur was to provide essential information to all scholars who will be furthering their studies abroad at YK approved-universities.
This year there are 28 YK scholars, of which 26 will be continuing their undergraduate studies while two will be doing post-graduate studies.
UK-bound scholars will start their studies this month or in October whereas the US-bound scholars will begin their studies remotely at least for the fall semester.
During the session, the scholars gained useful information on preparations and settling in overseas, and about life in the UK.
They also received advice from YK staff as well as Khazanah Nasional Bhd managing director Datuk Shahril Ridza, who is also on YK’s board of trustees.
Other relevant topics such as finances, insurance and mentor-mentee engagement were also in the briefing.
According to Robin Ho Ming Teck, recipient of the Khazanah-Oxford Centre for Islamic studies 2020, he applied for the scholarship as it enables him to pursue his dream of studying Master of Law in the United Kingdom.
“As I embark on this new journey, I hope to immerse myself in the local scene and engage with Oxford’s culturally-diverse population of students from various backgrounds internationally.
“I aspire to make my country proud and achieve greater heights in my academic journey, so that I could better contribute towards nation-building in the future, ” he shared.
On the same day, in the evening, a total of 67 recipients of the Khazanah Scholarship Programmes for 2020 were honoured at the Yayasan Khazanah Awards Day.
The momentous event was to celebrate the recipients’ success after going through rounds of YK’s stringent selection process and to welcome them to YK’s big family – while recognising the existing scholars’ accomplishment and as a show of appreciation for their hard work.
Currently pursuing his A Level studies at Kolej Yayasan UEM is Mohammad Mahadhir Machamud, 18, from Lahad Datu, who is grateful for being awarded the scholarship.
“My family didn’t have the luxury to provide me with financial support for my studies.
“In my early childhood, life was extremely difficult for us. There are 11 of us in my family including my parents, and my mother is only a homemaker.
“I could remember vividly how we had to live and adapt to darkness because my parents could not even afford to pay for electricity at that time!
“I promise to study hard to be the son that my parents are proud of and provide them with a comfortable life, .” he said.
Shazreen Nadia Teh, recipient of the Khazanah Watan Scholarship 2020 to pursue Bachelor of Actuarial Science at University of Malaya, hopes to improve herself by making use of the development programme organised by YK.“What makes YK different is the holistic education and not merely financial support, ” she added.
Sri Natchatra Ananda, a Form One scholar at Kolej Yayasan Saad Melaka, shares the same sentiment and hopes to make YK and the country proud by achieving excellent results.
The awards day was attended by over 200 participants including scholars, parents, YK chairman Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Tajuddin Ali and board of trustees Shahril, Rohaya Mohammad Yusof and Mohd Adam Mohd Said.
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