Two slots for Cambridge


Giving back: Inaugural scholar Teoh (left) completed her first year of law at Magdalene College with first class honours, thanks to Yu (top right) and Tai’s generosity.

PETALING JAYA: Outstanding Malaysian students who lack the financial means to study at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom will now have an opportunity to do so.

The YH2 Capital Scholarship is once again open for applications and this time, two Malaysians will be awarded bond-free full funding worth up to £387,814 (RM2.22mil) to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the university’s Magdalene College.

A maximum of £166,206 (RM952,890) will be awarded for a three-year course, while a maximum of £221,608 (RM1.27mil) will be awarded for a four-year course.

Launched in 2019, the inaugural scholarship went to Teoh Yun Xin, who has completed her first year of law study at the college with first-class honours.

The decision to award two students instead of one stemmed from the desire of the sponsors – Singapore-based investment company YH2 Capital Management founders and co-chief executive officers Tai Yen How and Barbara Yu – to help deserving students at a time when many have been affected by the on-going Covid-19 pandemic.

Tai said the past year had been especially challenging for young people who have had to cope with disruptions to their studies, as well as their families’ financial stress.

“We feel it’s an opportunity for us to step up this year. We want to make sure students who aspire to study at Cambridge University do not lose hope. We want to send our message out: don’t lose hope; we’re here to help,” he told The Star.

Both scholarship recipients themselves, Tai and Yu believe in giving back to society.

Tai, a Johorean, is an Asean scholar who studied in Singapore before earning his economics degree at Harvard University.

Yu, who is a Magdalene College alumnus, is a Jardine scholar and recipient of the N. Diaz Scholarship for Law and Norton Rose Prize for Commercial Law.

Teoh expressed her gratitude for the role both Tai and Yu have played in her life.

“They give me a lot of advice and open my eyes to how I can contribute more to the world,” she said.

Candidates must name Magdalene College in their Cambridge University admission applications and receive a conditional offer from the college to be considered for the scholarship.

Successful candidates can study any subject except architecture, engineering, chemical engineering and manufacturing engineering, management studies, medicine and veterinary medicine.

Malaysians studying overseas, especially Asean scholars in Singapore, are welcome to apply for the scholarship. Applicants are assessed based on financial needs, academic record, the ability to make a significant contribution to the Magdalene community, the proposed field of study, testimonials and interviews.

Scholarship applications close on Feb 28, 2022. Eligible candidates will be required to attend an interview in Singapore at the end of March 2022 either through video call or in person. International students keen on enrolling in Cambridge University must submit their applications for the admission year of 2022 by Sept 20.

To apply, go to https://www.cam.ac.uk/. For scholarship details, go to https://www.yh2capital.com/yh2-capital-scholarship/.

Magdalene is one of 29 undergraduate colleges responsible for the admission of students to the varsity.

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