In the presence of YBhg Tan Sri Ali Hamsa, Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia, a total of 500 recipients from different ethnicities and backgrounds were present to receive their disbursement at the Jeffrey Cheah Hall which was filled with educators, parents, students, family members and invited guests. Also in attendance were Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, AO, Founding Trustee of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation; Jeffrey Cheah Foundation Trustees, YAM Tunku Zain Al-’Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Lin See-Yan, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Razman M. Hashim, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr R.V. Navaratnam, Tan Sri Rainer Althoff, and Dato’ Sri Idris Jala; and Dr Elizabeth Lee, Senior Executive Director of Sunway Education Group and Sunway University.
The JCF Scholarships and Awards Ceremony is a platform to recognise the accomplishment of those who excel in academics, sports, music and extra-curricular activities. Among the awards and scholarships given by the JCF were need-based scholarships, merit-based scholarships, and scholarships awarded for talent and sporting achievements. The Jeffrey Cheah Travel Grants for Southeast Asia Studies at Harvard University were also given out at this ceremony.
In his speech, YBhg Tan Sri Ali Hamsa shared that Malaysia is working towards becoming a global education hub. Malaysia’s ambitions to be a developed nation by 2020 would require holistic, entrepreneurial and balanced graduates to transform the education landscape of Malaysia.
In addressing the scholars present at the ceremony, Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah shared that, “The pursuit of excellence brings in its wake its own rewards. The scholarships you have earned are the keys that open the doors to this world of exciting possibilities.” He also encouraged other leaders to take the opportunity to create similar models to benefit deserving and bright students, while imploring the recipients to maximise this opportunity given to them to impact society for the better.
He also added that, education is dear to his heart and that he would like to dedicate more time in the areas of philanthropy, education and sustainability, in which he is increasingly passionate. In affirmation of his commitment, he reiterated his pledge to disburse RM1 billion in scholarships in his lifetime.
Guests at the ceremony include Datuk Professor Dr Roziah Omar, Deputy Director General, Ministry Of Higher Education, Datin Paduka Ir. Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir, Deputy Director General Private Higher Education Management Sector, Ministry Of Higher Education; Dato’ Sri Alias Haji Ahmad, Chief Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education and Professor Dr Hj. Hazman Shah Vijayan Abdullah, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Quality Assurance), Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).
Scholarships that were awarded included the Jeffrey Cheah Entrance Scholarship, The Chancellors’ Scholarship, Sunway Excellence Scholarship, Sunway University Postgraduate by Research Scholarship, The Jeffrey Cheah Travel Grants for Southeast Asia Studies at Harvard University, Sunway Sports Scholarship, Sunway Music Talent Scholarship, Jeffrey Cheah Scholastic Award, Sunway ECA Achievers & Sports Award and Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera.
Other need-based scholarships included the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation Community Scholarship, Jeffrey Cheah Foundation Scholarship, Nanyang Tertiary Education Fund, Sin Chew Daily Education Fund, Sun-MAPCU Scholarship Scheme, Sunway University-Berita Harian Scholarship and The Star Education Fund.
To date, the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation has awarded approximately RM270 million worth of scholarships to thousands of deserving young Malaysians. For more information about the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation and learn about its work for quality education, please log on to http://jeffreycheah.foundation.