Libra Foundation earlier announced a RM15 million allocation to fund 50
students from ASEAN nations for the 2020/2021 Academic Year
for scholarship to pursue A-Level programme open until 31 January 2021
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Media
OutReach – 9 December 2020 – With the academic year ending, students
would already be researching and planning their next steps in education. For
some, their choices may be limited due to the financial pressures brought upon
by the pandemic — especially amongst the underserved communities. To ensure
education continues to be prioritised, ECM Libra Foundation‘s ASEAN
Scholarship Programme is an opportunity for these students to live up to
their academic potential.
20 full and 30 partial scholarships will
be awarded to Malaysian students who have completed or will be completing SPM,
or from Year 7 or equivalent onwards to pursue either an A-Level or an IGCSE
programme in Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM), the only international
campus of the prestigious Epsom College in the United Kingdom.
One of the most common education opportunity
gaps in Malaysia is the lack of financial resources faced by lower-income
households. The inability of families to fund things like test-preparation,
tutoring, or extra-curricular activities often results to lower academic
achievement, and this scholarship was initiated to bridge that gap.
“The pandemic has disrupted a lot of
sectors in our country and among them, education. It has changed the way
students experience learning and school life. We want to ensure that education
remains a top priority for families. This scholarship would provide the
brightest young minds of our country the opportunity to realise their academic
potential,” said Dato’ Lim Kian Onn, the co-founder of ECM Libra Foundation.
Dr Murray Tod, Headmaster of ECiM said,
“Amidst all that is happening around the world today, we constantly remind our
students that learning never stops. The future of education requires for us to
be innovative and flexible to ensure that we constantly deliver the highest
possible academic rigour for our students.”
“We are hugely
proud of the academic achievements of our Epsom students, with the class
of 2020 attaining the best ever IGCSE and A-level results in our history, and
we look forward to future generations of young scholars building upon this
ECiM’s 15-month A-Levels is a highly
sought after programme given its distinct approach to learning compared to the
traditional classroom setting. The curriculum adopts a wide range of teaching
methods from debate to practical examination; and a particularly unique one
which is the Oxbridge-style tutorial method, which encourages student led
discussion on a one-to-one basis with the teaching staff.
The academic year intake has been
revised to accommodate SPM candidates whose examinations were postponed to 22
February 2021 onwards.
Among those who have been the recipient
of their scholarship at ECiM is Yugendran Rajaendran who recently earned a spot
in the prestigious Stanford University. The Klang-born student will be joining
the Class of 2021 pursuing a double degree in Bioengineering and Mathematical
and Computational Science.
Yugendran’s notable academic excellence
includes 5 A* results for his A-Levels examination that was bolstered by sheer
hard work and support from the ECiM teaching faculty. He also graduated Form 5
with straight 11A+ in the SPM examinations. After completing his studies,
Yugendran aspires to eventually work with the Ministry of Health in shaping
public policies to provide affordable and accessible healthcare to all
Application for the ASEAN Scholarship
Programme remains open until 31 January 2021.
For more information on the ECM Libra Foundation ASEAN
Scholarship Fund, please visit: https://www.ecmlibrafoundation.com/scholarships2020-21/
ECM Libra Foundation
The ECM Libra Foundation
was founded in 2004 by the founding partners of ECM Libra Group — Dato’ Seri
Kalimullah Hassan, Dato’ Lim Kian Onn and Dato’ David Chua Ming Huat. The
foundation was set up to uplift the poor through education. The founders believe
that education is an equalizer in helping the underprivileged break out of the
poverty cycle. Since its launch, the foundation has committed more than RM 50
million, assisting over 10,000 students through education projects for the
marginalized and poor.