KUALA LUMPUR: Berjaya Sompo Insurance Berhad (BSIB) has awarded the BSIB Rising Star Scholarship 2023, totalling RM20,000 per annum, to two students under the public category.

BSIB also awarded a similar scholarship to a student under the internal-employee category in July. The recipients were selected based on their academic performance, aspirations, family background, and efforts to improve their family’s financial situation.

The company’s CEO Tan Sek Kee said the BSIB Rising Star Scholarship 2023 is an inaugural initiative for Berjaya Sompo.

“However, we are looking to make it an ongoing initiative for many years to come. We believe that education is key to a better future, and we are committed to making it accessible to all, especially the underprivileged.”

Tan said the scholarship programme is an initiative under Berjaya Sompo’s ESG Social Pillar, which is designed to empower and support outstanding young minds in their journey towards academic and career success.

“This scholarship programme is a testament to Berjaya Sompo’s commitment to fostering excellence in education and nurturing the next generation of leaders.”

Scholarship recipients Soong Xin Hui and Lee Le Bei are first-year students at Universiti Malaya. They are studying English Literature and Law respectively. Each will receive RM10,000 annually throughout their studies, subject to their academic performance.

Soong said it has always been her dream to become an English teacher, as she believes English is a language that connects people.

“This scholarship will significantly relieve my family’s financial burden as I pursue my tertiary education.”

Lee said she and her family are grateful for the scholarship, adding: “It will help me achieve my career goal of becoming a lawyer.”

The scholarship, which offers up to RM20,000 per annum per person, aims to support students who demonstrate exceptional talent, ambition and potential in their chosen fields of study.

The programme will provide selected individuals with financial assistance and an internship opportunity with Berjaya Sompo.

It is open to students with outstanding academic achievements, co-curriculum and leadership qualities and a strong aspiration to contribute to society.

BSIB is inviting applications from students across various disciplines and applications for the 2024 BSIB Rising Star Scholarship programme will open on Jan 1.

Those interested may visit https://www.berjayasompo.com.my/page/bsib-rising-star for detailed information about the eligibility criteria and application requirements.

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