Kuala Lumpur - Shell Malaysia today awarded 30 full scholarships to the value of RM6.2 million to enable outstanding Malaysian talents in Peninsular Malaysia to realise their full potential and pursue pre-university or first-degree studies at approved institutions locally or abroad.

In addition, the Shell Student Excellence Awards totalling RM53,250 were presented to 71 students who had achieved excellent academic results in the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR), Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) examinations.

The scholarship and excellence awards, were presented by Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, the Deputy Minister of Education.

At the 2010 Shell Scholarship Awards ceremony, 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.

“Shell’s education excellence awards, in the form of scholarships and bursaries to bright young Malaysian students, represent a material portion of Shell Malaysia’s social investment programme. This year alone, we have committed RM14.5 million towards our scholarships programme for talented students across the nation.” said Anuar.

He said that Shell recognises the importance of high quality education in fuelling the country’s growth and prosperity, and applauded the Government’s focus on improving educational outcomes to build a competitive workforce and high income. “We join many who believe that the success of our future begins with the investments we put in our classrooms today,” Anuar added.

At the ceremony today, 20 full scholarships were awarded to students in Peninsular Malaysia to pursue further studies at local universities while 10 full scholarships were given out for further studies at universities abroad. Earlier this year, Shell presented scholarships and awards to the value of RM8.3million to 41 recipients in Sabah and Sarawak. 

For 2010, to mark its 100th year of operation in Miri, Shell also offered additional scholarships for disabled students in Sarawak, a category of scholarships that will be introduced in both Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia from 2011. 

For the Shell Student Excellence Awards, 71 students from secondary schools in Peninsular Malaysia who excelled in the recent Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR), Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) examinations received RM750 each. The selection of recipients for these awards, was jointly undertaken by Shell Malaysia and the Ministry of Education.

Shell also runs a number of youth development programmes in Malaysia. One such youth programme is the inaugural Shell Eco-Marathon Asia which concluded in Kuala Lumpur last week. This regional event aims to inspire students to think about energy efficiency and challenges them to design, build and test vehicles that travel the furthest using the least fuel.

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

For media enquiries, please contact Shell Malaysia Media Relations:

Cindy Lopez at 603 2091 3719, email: cindy.lopez@shell.com or Jini Wong at 603 2091 2149, email: jini.wong@shell.com.