Miri – 23 April 2013 – Esther Kueh Yue Ning, who is pursuing an undergraduate degree in electrical power engineering at Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak), recently became the first student of the university to receive the prestigious Maxis Scholarship for Excellence Award (MSEA).
Kueh, who was unable to receive the award in person due to study commitments, was represented by her parents at the award ceremony held at Menara Maxis, Kuala Lumpur City Centre. They received the award from the chairman of Maxis, YM Raja Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Arshad Raja Tun Uda, on her behalf.
The ceremony was attended by other award recipients and their family members, members of Maxis’ Senior Leadership Team and the MSEA selection panel, as well as university representatives, which included the head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Curtin Sarawak’s School of Engineering and Science, Associate Professor Ashutosh Kumar Singh. A total of 16 students received the award.
Kueh’s parents said that the recognition given by Maxis is a milestone achievement for their family and will be a big encouragement to Kueh in her studies and future career.
The MSEA recognises young and outstanding undergraduates in Malaysian universities to develop and enrich their communities. The scholarship is part of Maxis’ overall Corporate Responsibility (CR) agenda that focuses on education and community-based activities.
Each award recipient went through a rigorous two-level interview process and was selected in the final stage by a panel of distinguished judges. This year, a total of 2,000 applications were received.
The scholarship provides the recipients financial aid of RM10,000 per year until completion of their courses and allows them to pursue undergraduate studies locally and abroad.
Past recipients of the MSEA have gained entry into a number of Malaysian public and private universities including Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Monash University and International Medical University, as well as universities abroad, namely the London School of Economics, King’s College of London, Columbia University and Harvard Business School.
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