Empowering Communities Through EducationLinton University College Collaborates with Projek57 to provide 10 full scholarships for Orang Asli Youths
PUTRAJAYA, October 31, 2017 – In collaboration with Projek57, Linton University College once again commitment to provide educational opportunities for deserving students with the presentation of 10 full scholarships to underprivileged Orang Asli youth.
The scholarships were awarded during the launch of Linton University College’s ROSE (Reaching Out through Successful Education) Project in conjunction with the university’s 13th Convocation Ceremony at Putrajaya Marriott Hotel.
As a follow through from their contribution to Projek57 last year, this year Linton University College upped their contribution to 10 scholarships as well as through the contribution of RM42,925 for 850 exclusive T-shirts from Projek57 where part of the proceeds goes towards helping underprivileged youth.
These T-shirts were distributed to Linton’s graduates both local and international on the convocation day. The T-shirts were printed with a quote from Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia’s First Prime Minister, on his vision for many different kinds of people living and working well together. This quote is relevant for both Malaysia and the world-over, as some of Linton’s graduates go back to their home countries after the convocation.
To mark the launch of the ROSE Project, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Linton University College’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Kamis Awang and Mr Jeffrey Wong, Linton University;s Executive Vice President, and Projek57’s co-founders, Syed Sadiq Albar and Collin Swee. Dr. Kamis also handed over the cheque for 10 full scholarships to Projek57.
Dr. Kamis Awang, said in his speech, “The ROSE Project is Linton University College’s social empowerment initiative. Through this corporate social responsibility project, we aim to seek out underserved students who are keen to embark on a tertiary education. We believe that when all people within a nation are empowered through education, the entire nation prospers.”
“Our collaboration with Projek57 allows us to reach out to Orang Asli communities in order to promote the importance of tertiary education and the power education has in transforming these communities. We are keen to do our part in developing Orang Asli communities particularly those within the state of Negeri Sembilan since Mantin is home to Linton’s 160-acre campus,” added Dr. Kamis.
Without a bond attached to the scholarships, the recipients are free to pursue any course they wish and after they graduate, work with any employer they wish. This year, recipients will be able to pursue a tertiary education in fields such as Business and Accounting, IT, Engineering, Applied and Visual Arts, and Nursing at Linton University College. Co-founders of Projek57, Syed Sadiq Albar and Collin Swee shared, “Projek57’s mission is to encourage Malaysians to become nation-builders and sow the spirit of unity for the future of Malaysia. We are glad to be able to work with Linton University College once again to provide scholarships to our bright young Orang Asli students. By empowering them, we hope to kick off a chain reaction that will eventually see them contribute to the development of their communities and make a better life for themselves and their families.”
The collaboration between Linton University College and Projek57 will also extend to other community projects by the social enterprise which will assist students in discovering their role and abilities in uplifting communities through enterprise whilst at the same time, promoting the message of unity and hope. This is expected to kick-start in 2018.