Sunday, October 17, 2010

RM131,000 GAB scholarships awarded to 19 students

RM131,000 GAB scholarships awarded to 19 students
Meena L.Ramadas

Saw (right) chats with recipients of the scholarships.

GUINNESS Anchor Berhad (GAB) Foundation recently awarded a total of RM131,000 in partial scholarships to 19 undergraduate students pursuing tertiary education in local and foreign institutions.

GAB Foundation chairman Tan Sri Saw Huat Lye said: “We had over 800 applications, the highest number we have received so far.

“Selecting 19 passionate and talented applicants to receive this scholarship was not an easy task.”

Saw said the foundation is not only focused on providing financial assistance to students but also moulding them to effectively market themselves during job interviews.

The foundation, established three years ago, also provides workshops on etiquette and skills to equip the students for the corporate realm.

Foundation trustee and GAB managing director Charles Ireland said the workshops deal with interview skills, grooming, etiquette, lessons on ways to prepare a curriculum vitae and more.

“We are trying to provide a broad support role,” Ireland said.

Recently, the foundation’s 2009 scholarship recipients participated in a two-day life skills workshop and the 2010 recipients will also take part in the same workshops.

Foundation independent trustee Datuk Mahadev Shankar said most of the students lack proficiency in English and oral skills to impress during a job interview.

“It is not just about the money. We also have to make them employable,” he said.

This is the second year that GAB Foundation has run its Partial Scholarship Scheme and to date, GAB Foundation has awarded financial assistance to 38 students, bringing its investment to more than RM300,000.

The scholarships are for university degrees, college diplomas or advanced diploma and certificates studies in recognised local and international institutions of higher learning.

The selection process for the scheme considers the financial background, academic achievement, extra-curricular participation, leadership and communication skills of the applicants.

The recipients are provided with funds for each year of their selected course until the completion of their studies and are free from bonds or obligations.

The foundation disburses RM10,000 for undergraduate studies in private and foreign universities and colleges, RM7,000 for undergraduate studies in a local universities and colleges, RM4,000 for diploma or advanced diploma courses and RM2,000 for certificate courses.

Updated: 11:01AM Tue, 06 Jul 2010

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