KYS students to get Mara scholarships
The MARA Education Foundation (YPM) will distribute RM3.5 million in scholarships to assist poor Bumiputera students from rural areas in the country. Its Chief Executive Officer, Mohd Ali Mansor, said the amount would b distributed to selected students starting this month. “This scholarship is the first to be introduced in Sabah and Sabah Foundation College (KYS) will be the pioneers in this project,” he said, adding that the scholarship had already been introduced in the other States. He was speaking after the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between YPM and KYS at Tun Mustapha Tower here yesterday. It was witnessed by Deputy Entrepreneur and Co-operative Development Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah. “The scholarships will be given to students from poor families. However we will consider if there are poor students in the City and we will give priority to Sabahan students,” he said. The scholarship amount, he said, will be based on the student’s course, while the number of recipients will be decided by KYS and YPM. However, he added the scholarships are only for those who have not obtained financial assistance from other financial institutions such as Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Malaysia (PTPTN) or MARA and colleges have been informed about the courses for which the scholarships are offered. Meanwhile, KYS Chief Executive Officer Dr Dg Aminah Ali said that currently there are 600 students attending skills course at KYS who have obtained financial assistance from various financial institutions. “However with the MoU, students from rural areas will be able to receive the YPM scholarship to cover their course fees and living expenditures, based on the criteria,” she said. Dg Aminah also said the scholarships would be reserved for students doing certificate courses such as Hospitality and Welding to prepare them for careers in sectors such as oil and gas. Also present were KYS Chairman Datuk Kamal DE Quadra and KYS Director Tan Sri Datu Khalil Datu Jamalul.