"SARAWAK, Kuching: Over 4000 tertiary level students applied for a limited number Shell Malaysia scholarships in 2014.
18 talented young scholars from Sarawak and about to enter university or in undergraduate programmes in various disciplines were successful.
The awards ceremony for Sarawak was officiated by Robert Lawson Chuat, welfare assistant minister, representing the Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister.
Haria Djuli, Shell Malaysia recruitment manager represented the company.
The 18 scholars from Sarawak formed the majority of 2014 recipients and include 12 undergraduates about to start or currently pursuing their studies in local universities with the remaining 6 in universities overseas.
In his speech, Haria said that through the company’s biggest social investment spend was on educating talented young Malaysians through the Shell Educational Excellence Awards, and represented the company’s commitment to working with Malaysia to develop its human capital.
“We recognises that as Malaysia advances towards becoming a high income economy, it will need a larger pool of professionals who are highly qualified and able to make the country more competitive,” he said in elaborating Shell’s complementary role in the country’s capability building programmes.
The company has invested over RM100 million on promoting educational excellence over the past ten years by awarding scholarships and bursaries to outstanding young Malaysians.
The programme goes back over 50 decades.
At the same event, Robert Lawson also presented bursaries worth RM750 each to outstanding PMR students from throughout Sarawak.
The 110 students from throughout Sarawak, identified with the help of the Department of Education, received the bursaries this year to motivate them to continue to excel in their studies as they continue their upper secondary schooling.
According to Haria, Shell Malaysia chooses its scholars by looking at other qualities in addition to academic ability such as leadership, which is an important life-skill.
The scholarship programme is complemented by other human capacity development initiatives.
Under its Campus Ambassador Programme, Shell provides input to the curricula of selected universities including Curtin University, Sarawak.
The selection of recipients was jointly undertaken by Shell Malaysia and the education department.
The Shell Malaysia scholarships are awarded based on merit and are non-binding.
The event was also attended by Abdul Rahman Bolhassan, Sarawak deputy education director.