Kuala Lumpur, 26 September 2013: Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia (PIDM) has awarded scholarships to 10 deserving Malaysian students under its 2013 Undergraduate Scholarship Programme. Now into its fourth year, the PIDM scholarship award is aimed at giving the less fortunate the opportunity to obtain higher education and is part of its ongoing corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
“Higher education should not be a privilege and we at PIDM are pleased to be able to provide support towards these deserving students. We must not let the challenges in life that these students face deter them from achieving their dreams and ambitions,” said PIDM Chief Executive Officer JP Sabourin at the scholarship award ceremony recently.
At the signing ceremony, PIDM was represented by Puan Rozita Ahmad, its General Manager of Communications and Public Affairs Division and Mr Kerk Loong Sing, Chairman of Hua Zong’s Economic Studies Committee.
Applicants had to go through a stringent shortlisting and assessment process including tests and interviews. Selection was based on their academic and extracurricular achievements, communication skills, maturity and potential leadership qualities, as well as access to financial support.
PIDM Chairman Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Abdul Samad Haji Alias stressed on the importance of being well-rounded scholars rather than focusing on academics alone. “Taking part in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, debate, community service, academic and social clubs are equally important as its helps develop soft skills which are important when you enter the job market.”
For Saiful Anwar Bin Abdul Rani, 20, grit, hard work and a fierce determination to succeed has helped him overcome many obstacles and hardship to not only pursue a subject close to his heart, but also obtain the PIDM scholarship to finance his studies.
Saiful, who is from Puchong, Selangor, will be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Shariah at Universiti Malaya.
Meanwhile, for Choong Hooi Yee, 20, her mother is the role model who has inspired her to work and study hard to pursue her studies and dreams.
“I am so happy to receive this PIDM scholarship as I can pursue my dream course in Accounting at Universiti Utara Malaysia. I hope to be successful one day and help improve the quality of life for my family, especially my mother,” said Hooi Yee, who hails from Penang.
A special feature of the PIDM scholarship is its mentoring programme where each scholar is assigned a mentor from among the Corporation’s management team to provide continuous mentoring and coaching throughout their study period.
“As I was growing up, my parents were always my source of inspiration to study hard and excel. Now that I am away from home, I am so happy we have a special mentor to help guide and support each one of us throughout our studies,” said Gayathri A/P Raman, 19, from Butterworth, Penang, who will be pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in Accounting at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Besides Saiful Anwar, Hooi Yee and Gayathri, the other recipients are Tan Jia Yee, Magert Edwin, Nurul Izzaty Ismail, Chan Wai Jen, Lee Chen Thian, Wan Noor Azwani Wan Abdul Rasid and Wong Pei Jia.
With the 10 new scholars, this brings the total number of scholars to 35 under the PIDM Scholarship Programme that was introduced in 2010. The scholarship comes without bonding and provides for funding of tuition fees and living expenses as well as books and equipment.
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