Kuala Lumpur - Shell Malaysia today awarded seven scholarships to the value of RM251,000 to enable outstanding Sarawak-born students with disability to realise their full potential and pursue pre-university or first-degree studies at approved institutions locally.

Datuk Tuan Haji Fadillah Yusuf, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, presented the scholarships to the recipients, in the special award ceremony held at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur this morning.

This special category of education assistance was introduced this year to mark Shell’s 100th year of operations in Miri. Similar scholarships will be offered to students originating from Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia from 2011.

In making the announcement, Anuar Taib, Shell Malaysia Chairman, said that the Company was proud to contribute to sustainable development in Malaysia through the enhancement of its intellectual asset pool.

“Education is often seen as the great leveller. With the introduction of these special scholarships, we want to offer a more inclusive education assistance programme, where the mental capability of our applicants becomes the only criteria for selection.  With the inclusion of this category of scholarships, we hope that no talent with physical disabilities misses out on the opportunity of a good education on account of financial inabilities,” Anuar says.

Shell recognises the importance of high quality education in fuelling the country’s growth and prosperity, and applauds the Government’s focus on improving educational outcomes to build a competitive workforce and high income, Anuar adds.

Shell Malaysia has been awarding scholarships and bursaries for over 40 years as part of a long-standing commitment in support of the government’s effort to develop human capital. 

In 2010, Shell presented scholarships and awards to the value of RM14.5million to students in Malaysia to pursue further studies at local and foreign universities.

For further information on Shell Malaysia Scholarship Awards, please email scholarships@shell.com.

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