Some 300 students came to benefit from DISTED College’s Scholarship and Bursary Awards in 2017 with close to RM1 million being awarded through various schemes. These students were presented their scholarships at DISTED’s Awards and Prizes Presentation Ceremony on 30th September.
Officiating the ceremony was Dr Seah Soo Aun, President and CEO of DISTED College. In his opening remarks, Dr Seah congratulated all the achievers and wished them continued success. He reminded all scholars and achievers to continue with their hard work and show exemplary behavior in their pursuit of academic excellence. As Penang’s first private not-for-profit institution of higher learning, Dr Seah was especially proud to be able to support thousands of top achievers as well as needy students in their pursuit of academic achievements.
Tan Sri Dr Chin Fook Weng, representing the DISTED College Board of Directors, handed out the certificates and prize awards to the deserving students.
Other invited VIPs include Dato’ Saw Lip Khai representing Penang Turf Club whom has generously contributed RM300,000 over 3 years since 2016 to deserving DISTED students, as part of the DISTED’s Yeap Chor Ee Charitable Trust & Penang Turf Club Scholarship Fund.
Over the past 9 years, DISTED Scholarship and Bursary Award Fund, with the support of the Wawasan Education Foundation and Yeap Chor Ee Charitable Trust, have contributed more than RM10 million in scholarship and bursary awards. It has also provided financial support to more than 2,500 qualified and needy students.
Mr. Ding Teck Song, a visually impaired student and a proud recipient of DISTED’s Excellent Performance Prize Award currently pursuing his studies in Diploma in Business Information Technology was all smiles during the ceremony. “After I joined DISTED, I have gained confidence and found self-realisation of what I’m capable of achieving and how to move on in life,” Ding expressed.
Ms. Wong Shu Wen, a BA (Hons) in Marketing Management graduate and a recipient of DISTED’s Best Graduating Prize was another joyful recipient during the ceremony. “DISTED provides more scholarship options comparatively to other colleges,” she said. “I felt like I was always in good hands at DISTED”, she added.
Moving to the Pre-university category, Ms. Junnie Lim was awarded with DISTED’s 30th Anniversary Full Scholarship and is currently pursuing her studies in the Cambridge A-Level programme at DISTED. DISTED’s 30th Anniversary Full Scholarship was established in conjunction with DISTED’s 30th Anniversary celebration. “Receiving this scholarship has greatly reduced the financial burden of my family,” Lim said.
This year being the 30th year of existence for DISTED, has decided to introduce the High Performance Scholarship for students with 9A’s and above in their 2016 SPM examination. It has also introduced the Yeap Chor Ee Charitable Trust – Penang Turf Club Undergraduate Award for deserving students pursuing their degrees in the Staffordshire University Business Degree programme or the HELP University Bachelor of Psychology (Hons.) programme. Another benefactor of DISTED would be Mini Circuits Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd whom has generously pledge RM180,000 over 2 years for students intending to pursue the Japan Transfer Programme for the Diploma in Computer Science and Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at DISTED.
Apart from all of the above, DISTED do also provide bursaries for students with disabilities in order to do its part for the well-being of the community. Students with any disabilities whom are registered with the Social Welfare Department are eligible to apply for the bursary upon registering as a student in any of DISTED’s programs.
Apart from students’ academic achievements, socio-economic background and participation in extra-curricular activities are also taken into account when awarding these deserving students.