Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF) is founded on the fundamental premise of giving to society, a philosophy that has governed the Sunway Education Trust Fund since its inception in 1997. Through the unique not-for-profit structure of the Foundation, operating surpluses are ploughed back into the institutions or disbursed as scholarships, research grants and expansion of faculty and facilities to ensure sustainable and quality education.
In 2010, the Sunway Education Trust Fund was officially converted into the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation where the ownership and equity rights of Sunway Education Group’s 12 learning institutions worth more than RM720 million (now in excess of RM1 billion) were transferred to the Foundation, making it the largest education-focused social enterprise for education in Malaysia. Today, Sunway Education Group is owned and governed by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation with its creed – “Nurturing the seeds of wisdom”.
Jeffrey Cheah Foundation is governed by a distinguished Board of Trustees with Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alhaj, the Sultan of Selangor as its Royal Patron. Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah is the Founding Trustee of the eponymous foundation.
The Foundation has also forged academic ties with some of the world’s most renowned institutions including Harvard University, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Monash University, Lancaster University and Le Cordon Bleu, allowing two-way flow of scholars and researchers between Sunway Education Group and the world-class institutions in developing and improving the academic standards of teaching and research in Malaysia.
As of 2017, the Foundation has awarded more than RM330 million in scholarships to thousands of deserving students in various fields of study. The Jeffrey Cheah Foundation Community Scholarship which started in 2002 is also given to the deserving youths to take the pivotal step in transforming their lives for the better.