The proud recipients for the SASA awards in 2017, posing with their certificates.
Professor Datuk Dr Paul Chan, Vice-Chancellor and President of HELP University presented the successful recipients of SASA scholarships with their certificates at a ceremony in ELM Business School, HELP University.
“Annually HELP gives out more than RM 35 million worth of bursaries and for these bursaries, the criteria are not strong academic results alone. Students need to display strong leadership qualities as well as a sense of community spirit through CSR projects,” said Dr Chan.
HELP University‘s Mission Statement, to help people succeed in life and to live a life of significance through education is reflected in the SASA awards given out annually since 2005.
Rosamund Koo, selected for the 2017 SASA awards, is a national chess player and has represented Malaysia in numerous international chess tournaments such as World Youth Chess in 2015.
“SASA has provided me with the opportunity to pursue my ‘A’ levels and I am very keen to reach out to people in need such as orphans, who lack parental care and guidance,” said Rosamund.
Another recipient, Stephanie Kwek, represents KL as a state badminton player and was a winner of the Liga Juara Badminton in 2013, organized by Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia. Academically, Stephanie was the recipient of the Principal Awards in her school based on her academic results in 2015 and 2016.
Christopher Foo Wui Chyi, SASA recipient for the HELP Foundation in Arts applied for the SASA scholarship as he felt it gave students the opportunity to express themselves and also show their co-curricular achievements.
For the successful award of the scholarship, potential students have to display outstanding leadership qualities and academic performance to qualify both at undergraduate and tertiary level education at HELP. SASA recipients also have to fulfill 80 hours during the term of their Course or Programme in order to maintain their standing and scholarship privileges.
The SASA recipients will receive a full or partial scholarship to further their education in pre-university programmes such as HELP Matriculation otherwise known as HELP’s Foundation Programme, A-levels as well as undergraduate programmes covering Early Childhood Education, Communication, Business and Teaching of English as a Second Language.
Those who are eligible are those who have sat for SPM, STPM, UEC or have other recognized qualifications under the eligibility criteria.
The SASA GIVES BACK PROJECT was introduced in 2010 as a channel for SASA students to do community service and to contribute to society. The scholars starting from 2010 have been raising funds by selling T-shirts, crafts, snacks and organizing charity bazaar activities so they could carry out projects for the Orang Asli in Taman Negara, benefitting orphanages such Rumah Shalom, Trinity and Ti-Ratana.
SASA recipients also closely work with the Customer Marketing Department to promote the scholarship to schools in the Klang Valley.
Many of the SASA recipients during the course of various projects have built up their leadership and networking skills working with NGOs in the community.
The SASA recipients for 2017 will also be working hard to come up with projects and fundraisers that benefit the community during their tenure.