Sabah’s Outstanding Students Get Petronas Education Scholarships

National Oil Company also presents sponsorship to MRSM students and vocational trainees

A proud moment for some of the PESP recipients who posed for the cameras at the end of the ceremony; from left – Nur Syahirah Utin, Yasmin Batrisyia Zulfikri, Adrian Johnis, Petrine and Vritnney Suzie John.

By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: Some 34 outstanding SPM (Form 5) school leavers from Sabah on Sunday received scholarships under the PETRONAS Education Sponsorship Programme (PESP).

They are among the 353 successful candidates selected from a pool of more than 7,000 applicants nationwide this year.

The sponsorship awards were presented by Sabah Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Masidi Manjun, the minister in charge of state’s education matters at a presentation ceremony held here.

Vritnney Suzie John, 18, from Kampung Borombon receives encouragement from Masidi Manjun as he hands over the PETRONAS Education Sponsorship award to her at Sunday’s ceremony. – Photo credits Petronas Sabah

PETRONAS was represented by its Chairman, Sidek Hassan and Senior Vice President of Group Human Resource Management, Raiha Azni Abd Rahman.

Masidi also read out the Chief Minister’s speech, with Musa Aman saying that the state government welcomed Petronas’s initiatives in generating and enhancing quality human capital.

“Human capital success is an important element that will become a catalyst to the nation’s well-being and development.

“Petronas’ effort in collaborating with the state government is commended as this will contribute to boosting quality students in the aspect of academic,” he said.

Musa urged scholarship recipients to remain focus in achieving success so they will become a source of inspirations to other young Sabahans.

In his speech Sidek said, “despite the current challenges in the oil and gas industry, PETRONAS remains committed to its education sponsorship programme to ensure deserving students in Sabah are given opportunities to further excel in their tertiary education.

Adrian Johnis shares his joy with his parents, Johnis Mikanis and Christina John Kolin Miol.

“It is very rewarding for us to see our sponsored students demonstrating excellence in their studies and continue to flourish throughout their careers.”

This year PETRONAS will allocate about RM134 million to fund the studies of the 353 recipients who will pursue tertiary studies in chemical engineering, petroleum engineering, mechanical engineering, geophysics, finance, law, and other industry-related courses.

They will be enrolled at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) in Perak as well as at selected universities in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Under the PESP, PETRONAS will support the students beginning from foundation studies up to their first bachelor degree.

The PESP is part of PETRONAS’ ongoing corporate social investment (CSI) commitment towards education and is geared towards supporting Malaysia’s human capital development.

Recipients of PESP, Program BUDI-PETRONAS and VISTA programme pose for a photo opportunity with Masidi as well as Mohd Sidek Hassan and Raiha Azni.

Since its inception in 1975, PESP has benefited more than 36,000 students with an estimated investment value of more than RM3 billion.

At the same event, PETRONAS also presented an additional 27 sponsorships to deserving Sabahan students studying at Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) in Sabah.

The sponsorship, under the Program BUDI-PETRONAS, includes yearly educational allowances to pay for learning materials, uniforms and other basic needs for the recipients.

Apart from the 27 MRSM students who received their sponsorships today, some 168 other MRSM students in Sabah have benefitted from this programme.

In addition, PETRONAS also presented sponsorships to 97 selected trainees currently undergoing technical training under the Vocational Institutions Sponsorship and Technical Assistance (VISTA) programme.

A total of 2,277 VISTA trainees in Sabah have benefited from the VISTA programme since 2007.