Petaling Jaya, 12 November, 2009 – The British American Tobacco Malaysia Foundation today awarded scholarships worth RM310,000 to 17 deserving students during a ceremony held at its headquarters here.
Continuing a commitment to create education opportunities that has spanned for more than 25 years, the Foundation also increased its scholarship value this year for all categories in spite of economically challenging times.
Foundation Chairman William Toh, who is also British American Tobacco Malaysia’s (BAT Malaysia) newly appointed Managing Director, stressed the importance of education in the development of a person’s life, regardless of age. “The increase in scholarship value is to help provide scholarships to those who need it most, especially in times of economic hardship. It must also be mentioned that such initiatives are not regarded as a ‘tick in the box’ exercise for the Foundation, but rather a true effort from the heart in helping aspiring students realise their dreams and ambitions. This will also contribute towards the Government’s intent to enhance highly skilled human capital in the long run,”
Successful recipients of the scholarships are awarded with RM8,500, RM5,000 and RM3,000 per annum for degree, diploma and certificate studies respectively for the entire duration of their course.
The scholarships offered by the Foundation is unique as it is non-binding, and allows recipients the flexibility to pursue any course of their desire in any institution of higher education in Malaysia.
British American Tobacco Malaysia (BAT Malaysia) also provides the opportunity for these recipients to join the company as interns should their courses allow or require it. Upon graduation, they may also have the opportunity to apply for BAT Malaysia’s Global Management Trainee Programme.
The selection process for the Foundation scholarships takes into consideration the financial background, academic results, personal career plan, people leadership skills and communication skills of the applicants.
To-date, the Foundation has invested over RM14million in the course of enabling endless possibilities for students. Its outreach to more than 2,000 students was achieved through various education aid programmes which include scholarships for university degrees, college diplomas and certificates for technical studies and Higher Education Starter Kits (HESK) for students from the tobacco farming community.
The British American Tobacco Malaysia Foundation was established in 1999 when Rothmans of Pall Mall (Malaysia) Berhad and the Malaysian Tobacco Company Berhad merged to form the now British American Tobacco Malaysia. The Foundation (previously known as the Malaysian Tobacco Company Foundation which was established in 1983) was founded to formalise the Company’s active involvement in providing assistance to deserving Malaysians pursuing higher education; an involvement that dates back to 1956.
Over the years, more than 2,000 students have benefited from the Foundation’s various education aid programmes which include scholarships for university degrees, college diplomas and certificates for technical studies and Higher Education Starter Kits (HESK) for students from the tobacco farming community. The various Foundation programmes represent an investment of well over RM14 million.
For more information, contact: Chin Tuck Weng, Secretary, Foundation Executive Committee, BAT Malaysia Foundation at (03) 7491 7100