WOU awards Scholarship to 5 financially disadvantaged students

PENANG: In further embracing its corporate social responsibility (CSR), Wawasan Open University (WOU) recently awarded scholarships to 5 students for a three-year full-time undergraduate degree programme at the main campus.

WOU, through the Wawasan Education Foundation (WEF), offered the 5th Anniversary Grant for the September 2018 intake to commemorate 5 years since the University opened its doors to full-time students in September 2013.

The total scholarship value is RM140, 000 to cover the RM28, 000 tuition fee per student for a three-year Bachelor’s degree programme at WOU.

The 5 scholarship award recipients Previnan Ravindran, Siti Khadijah Azizan, Haida Baharuddin, Hariharan Daventhern, and Halimatussadia Zaffarudin received their certificates from WEF Chairman Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon at a simple presentation ceremony today.

Previnan, 20, from Gelugor had studied STPM in Kolej Tingkatan Enam Haji Zainul Abidin and is pursuing his Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Management (BBMG) at WOU. His father is a security guard and his mum works as a production operator in Bayan Lepas. He has a younger sister in Year Six.

“After my STPM, I had worked part-time for around 9 months at a medical appliance store, and saved enough for the first semester, and wasn’t too sure about  how I was going to manage my second semester. With this full scholarship, I can now just concentrate on my studies,” declared Previnan.

Siti Khadijah, 20, from Cherok To’Kun, Bukit Mertajam, completed her STPM at Bukit Mertajam High School before enrolling in Bachelor of Management (Hons) with Psychology (BMPS) at WOU. Her parents sell nasi lemak in the evenings at a market.

“I was successful in my scholarship application, with the recommendation of my school counsellor. I am really happy with the financial aid as I now don’t have to trouble my parents in paying my fees, especially since we are not that well off. My ambition is to become a counselling teacher in a school setting, or if not, in any management or private sector,” she said.

Haida, 20, from Methodist Boy’s School, is also taking up BMPS, while both Hariharan, 21, from SMK Sg Ara and Halimatussadia, 22, from Methodist Boy’s School are enrolled in Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (BBLC).

More than 12, 600 part-time and full-time students of WOU have benefited from the financial awards from WEF. As at 31 August 2018, WEF has given out about RM 10.7 million (RM10, 700, 709.69) through study grants, scholarship, bursary award, and other financial aids.

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