KUCHING: Some 136,000 Sarawakian students have benefitted from scholarships sponsored by Sarawak Foundation over the last five decades.
The recipients comprise those pursuing their education from certificates level to diploma, degrees, masters and PhD or professional levels either locally or abroad.
The scholarships had also given opportunities to many students of B40 groups who excelled in their studies, said its director Mersal Abang Rosli.
“Asides from those pursuing higher educations, the beneficiaries also include primary and secondary students who excelled in their studies,” he told New Sarawak Tribune in an interview yesterday.
Mersal said the financial assistance was in line with the aspirations of the state government in its efforts to develop human capital through the services offered by the Sarawak Foundation.
Earlier, Mersal received a courtesy visit from New Sarawak Tribune, Suara Sarawak chief executive officer Dr Jeniri Amir together with chief operations officer Mohd Sardon Zainal at the Sarawak Foundation office in Jalan Santubong here.
Sarawak Foundation which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year was established under the Sarawak Foundation Ordinance, approved by the Sarawak State Assembly on May 27, 1971, to pave the way for a new era in the development of education in Sarawak.
Ever since its establishment, it has played an active role in efforts to bring the development of education in the state to a higher level. It also plays a crucial role to complement the state government’s efforts to achieve a developed and high-income state status by 2030.
Among the scholarships offered by the foundation are the Sarawak Foundation Tun Taib Scholarship (BYSTT); Sarawak Tunku Abdul Rahman Scholarship Foundation (YBSTAR); Special Medical Programme Scholarship; Sarawak Foundation Local Scholarship (BTYS) and Tertiary/Technical Institution Enrollment Assistance (HGipt).
Sarawak Foundation is also active in assisting with the ‘Sarawak Returning Home Graduate Programme”, “Free School Bus Programme”, “Books for Asia by the Asia Foundation”, “Excellent Education Award”, “Chief Minister’s Award”, grant for local writers and disaster fund among others.