DISTED introduces President’s Scholar Awards to reward top performing students

Four diploma students had their names written in the history books of DISTED as inaugural recipients of the newly introduced President’s Scholar Award. The award is presented every semester beginning August 2015 to students who excel in their programmes with the highest academic achievement in the previous semester.

The students – Luke Rohan David (Diploma in Creative Multimedia Production), Chew Poay Ling (Diploma in Accounting), Iver Tan Jia Chyuen (Diploma in Business Studies) and Nich Toh Chin Yuan (Diploma in Business IT) were honoured in a recent ceremony that saw President Dr Seah Soo Aun presenting them with their certificates of achievement.

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 Dr Seah delivering his congratulatory speech at the award presentation ceremony
Dr Seah delivering his congratulatory speech at the award presentation ceremony

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The President’s Scholar award recipients (L-R: Iver Tan, Nich Toh Chin Yuan, Luke Rohan David, Chew Poay Ling) with Director of Academic Affairs Dr Liew Yueah Cin; President Dr Seah Soo Aun; and Director of Academic Support and Continuing Professional Development Ahmad Taiff Isahak
The President’s Scholar award recipients (L-R: Iver Tan, Nich Toh Chin Yuan, Luke Rohan David, Chew Poay Ling) with Director of Academic Affairs Dr Liew Yueah Cin; President Dr Seah Soo Aun; and Director of Academic Support and Continuing Professional Development Ahmad Taiff Isahak

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At the presentation ceremony, Dr Seah took the opportunity to congratulate and commend the four President’s Scholars on their accomplishments. He reminded them not to rest on their laurels just yet but to keep up their excellent performance throughout their academic journey and beyond.

“The President’s Scholar Award was created to recognise and reward outstanding students who demonstrate academic excellence in their semester performance. We hope that this will encourage students to motivate and challenge one another in healthy competition, improve their own performance and vie for this award every semester,” he explained.

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Nich Toh Chin Yuan receiving his certificate of achievement from Dr Seah
Nich Toh Chin Yuan receiving his certificate of achievement from Dr Seah

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The award recipients with their Programme Coordinators – Lee Heng Wei (Diploma in Business Studies), Doris Tan (Diploma in Accounting), Luqman Aliff (Diploma in Creative Multimedia Production) and Ahmad Taiff Isahak

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Visually-impaired Nich Toh Chin Yuan was ecstatic to know that he was among the President’s Scholar Award recipients. The Diploma in Business IT student from Johor hopes to use his knowledge to help create a programme allowing visually impaired users better access to the computer. He attributes his enriching academic journey at DISTED, which is like a home away from home for him, to supportive and caring lecturers as well as helpful college mates.

For Chew Poay Ling, the award meant the world to her as it not only lightened her financial burden but also represented the recognition of her hard work and effort.

“Receiving this award has given me the added motivation to continue my academic journey,” said the Diploma in Accounting student who aims to achieve a 4.0 GPA in the August – November semester.

For their stellar efforts, the students were also rewarded with tuition fee rebates up to 50% in the August – November 2015 semester.