Kuala Lumpur, 27 August 2014: Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia (PIDM) has awarded scholarships to 10 deserving Malaysian students under its 2014 Undergraduate Scholarship Programme as part of its ongoing corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Now entering its fifth year, the scholarship award is aimed at contributing to the talent pool in Malaysia and is part of nation building.
“We believe education is an investment in human capital, and has a great impact on a nation's growth and development. Thus, PIDM is committed to play a part in the development of Malaysia’s human capital by awarding scholarships to deserving young Malaysians,” said PIDM Chairman, Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Abdul Samad Haji Alias at the scholarship award ceremony recently.
The PIDM scholarship provides not just financial support, but is committed to developing a future generation of young Malaysians who not only excel in their studies, but also in all other areas.
“Our scholarship adopts a holistic approach, whereby our scholars are provided support in developing soft skills, as well as a mentoring programme where each scholar is assigned a mentor from our senior management team, who will support them throughout their time at university,” said Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Abdul Samad.
“PIDM also offers internship opportunities during semester breaks and at the end of their studies to enable the students to get a feel of working life. We aim to groom them to become future leaders whom we can be proud of,” he added.
To date, the programme has identified, nurtured and developed 35 scholars. The scholars have consistently excelled academically, often making the President’s and Dean’s Lists, and have also been active in co-curricular activities. Out of the 35, four have gone on exchange programmes in Australia, Taiwan, the UK and the US, while six scholars have already graduated, and are working with established organisations.
The scholarship recipients for 2014 are Chai Ming Chen, Goh Yue Meinn, Lee Zen Yi, Nurul Ashikin Binti Abd Karim, Ooi Xi Qin, Mohd Izlan Bin Abd Halim, Sia Xin Yee, Siti Nurfatihah Qamarina Binti Mohd Azmi, Sow Pik Ying and Wong Kar Yan. With the 10 new scholars, the total number of scholars who have benefitted from the PIDM Undergraduate Scholarship Programme is 45. For these students, the PIDM scholarship is a lifeline for them to achieve their ambitions.
When Siti Nurfatihah Qamarina Binti Mohd Azmi’s father passed away of dengue in 2003, she was only 10 years old. “My mother is self-employed and supporting all of us 7 siblings. I was determined to pay for my education in any way I could,” said the 21-year-old lass from Kelantan.
“I took on part time jobs in between my studies including working as a tuition teacher, at a bookshop, restaurants and fabric shop to help fund my studies, while my mother helped wherever she could. This PIDM scholarship will certainly help my family a lot, and my mother can now help my other siblings with their further studies,” said Siti Nurfatihah, who is pursuing her Degree in Statistics at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Kota Bahru, Kelantan.
Meanwhile, for Lee Zen Yi, 19, of Segambut, Kuala Lumpur, who is in his first year of his Economics degree at Universiti Putra Malaysia, his father, a carpenter, is the main motivator in his life.
“My father has worked hard to raise me and my brother and it has not been easy after my mother passed away. I studied hard to make him proud of me and will continue to work hard to achieve success so that I can give him a more comfortable life in his twilight years,” said Zen Yi, who aspires to be an investment banker or economist.
The scholarship comes without bonding and provides for funding of tuition fees and living expenses as well as books and equipment. 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.
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