Jeffrey Cheah Foundation Awards Record RM45 Million in Scholarship
Minister of Higher Education graces Ceremony
Bandar Sunway – Malaysia’s largest education-focused social enterprise, the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF), made history today with a disbursement of scholarships worth RM45 million to more than 3,000 students. The amount surpasses last year’s RM33 million, bringing the total amount of scholarships awarded to date, to more than RM210 million to over 23,000 students.
Minister of Higher Education Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Haji Idris Jusoh, was the guest of honour at the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF) Scholarships and Awards Ceremony 2015 held at the Jeffrey Cheah Hall, Sunway Campus. Also present were Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, AO, Founding Trustee of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation; the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation Trustees, including YAM Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz, Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Lin See-Yan, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Razman M. Hashim, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr R.V. Navaratnam and Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar; Professor Graeme Wilkinson, Vice Chancellor of Sunway University; Professor Helen Bartlett, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Monash University Malaysia; and Dr Elizabeth Lee, Senior Executive Director of Sunway Education Group and Sunway University. The Hall was filled to the brim with parents, school principals, teachers, students and invited guests.
Now in its 15th year, the JCF Scholarships and Awards Ceremony is held annually to recognise the academic achievements and outstanding extra-curricular accomplishments of students at Sunway University and Sunway College. The scholarships were awarded to students based on their academic merits and also to those who are less fortunate. The JCF Scholarships Award Committee is chaired by Professor Tan Sri Dr Ghauth Jasmon, former Vice-Chancellor of University of Malaya.
“Today’s event reflects the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation’s unflagging commitment towards its three governing principles, Giving to Society, Quality Education and a Vision in Perpetuity. Today’s event also exemplifies the Foundation’s dedication to work closely with the Government. This Public Private Partnership is beneficial to all and I am glad to note that the Foundation’s vision is very much aligned with the aims of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 for Higher Education which was launched in April this year,” said the Minister of Higher Education Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Haji Idris Jusoh.
Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah said that the Foundation aspires to reach out to more students each year to enable them to have a chance at quality education. He remarked that he was delighted to see that the recipients come from different ethnicities, cultures and backgrounds.
“I must stress that it is not only about numbers but the meaning and significance of the scholarship that matters. After all, the benefits of quality education can never be quantified in absolute terms, it is the enormity and greatness of the impact it has on an individual’s life,” he said.
“With us here today are some 530 of more than 3,000 scholarships recipients this year. Your success in attaining the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation scholarships is proof that Malaysia has an abundance of talented and bright young minds with the potential to drive our country’s progress even further,” said Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah.
The ceremony witnessed the presentation of merit-based scholarship categories, among them: Sunway University Postgraduate Degree Scholarship, Sunway University Masters Degree by Research Scholarship, The Chancellors’ Scholarship, Sunway Excellence Scholarship, Jeffrey Cheah Special Entrance Scholarship, Jeffrey Cheah Continuing Scholarship and the Jeffrey Cheah Entrance Scholarship, and the Jeffrey Cheah Scholastic Award.
Seven recipients received The Jeffrey Cheah Travel Grants for Southeast Asia Studies at Harvard University. The recipients of the grants will travel to Harvard University to learn, collaborate, present lectures and conduct research utilising the University’s library and museum collections and its faculties’ expertise.
The need-based scholarship categories include: Jeffrey Cheah Foundation Community Scholarship, Jeffrey Cheah Foundation Scholarship, Sunway Education Group – Elena Cooke Education Fund, Nanyang Tertiary Education Fund, Sin Chew Daily Education Fund, Sun-MAPCU Scholarship Scheme and The Star Education Fund.
Four students received the Sunway Sports/ECA Achievers’ Award, while forty students received scholarships in the Sunway Music Talent Scholarship and Sunway Sports Scholarship categories to fund their studies at Sunway in honour of their talent and sporting achievements respectively.
For more information about the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation and learn about its work for quality education, please log on to http://jeffreycheahfoundation.org.my