Published on February 13th, 2011

13 students of various selected private and government-funded institutions all over the country received scholarship from the national car manufacturer, PROTON to further their studies in engineering, accounting and information technology.

The scholarship ceremony was officiated by PROTON’s advisor, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in a function held at PROTON’s auditorium in Shah Alam. Also present was the Chairman of PROTON, Dato’ Sri Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh along with Chairman of PROTON Foundation, Dato’ Jaffar Indot.

PROTON Foundation has put a side RM1 million to sponsor the educational fee for Bachelor Degree for all the students in which each course will take about three to five years to complete. Apart from educational fee, allowance, allowances for books and accommodation, all the student will also receive laptops to help them study effectively.

Foundation’s scholarship gives first priority to students from underprivileged families and those of PROTON’s staffs who excel academically. For the year 2010/11, PROTON Foundation received 656 applications, in which it was shortlisted to 139 students for the first session interview and 69 students for the was called for the second interview.

All those who received the PROTON Foundation’s scholarship are now studying at 6 public and private universities; Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) and Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP).

“The scholarship was not awarded just out of social responsibility but it is also in sync with government’s hope to ascertain citizens of calibre through dynamic and thorough educational program,” quoted Dato’ Sri Mohd Nadzmi.

“The purpose of the scholarship is develop human resource among top students to fulfill the workforce of PROTON in a long run.”

Ever since the establishment of PROTON Foundation back in 1994, a sum of RM12 millions has been amounted for, in which 127 students have received the scholarship to further their studies to degree level. Out of this figure, 44 of  them are now working for PROTON in the engineering department.

During the scholarship award ceremony, PROTON has also awarded RM20,000 to 4 schools (RM5,000 per school) under the Foster School Program. The award receivers are Sekolah Menengah Teknik Shah Alam, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Khir Johari in Tanjung Malim, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama Slim River and Sekolah Kebangsaan Behrang.

According to Dato’ Sri Mohd Nadzmi, PROTON will remain committed  to help star students to attain higher level of education, especially those from the under-priviledged families.

“The opportunity was created as a small contribution compared to the results to be reaped, in creating a younger generation of higher skill sets, creativity, innovative, more competitive and able to propel the success of Malaysia globally,” he said.

PROTON Foundation was given the responsibility by PROTON to manage the funds for the purpose of education, science and charity, Encouraging and developing education of all subjects approved under the Education Law. PROTON Foundation also provides school funds for the underprivileged, foster child and those in needs.

words & pix: PROTON


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