KBU Offers the Elena Cooke Education Fund


(from left to right): BBGS Alumni Berhad Board Member Jennifer Cheong, BBGS Alumni Berhad Founding Director Moey Yoke Lai, KBU Principal Dr Chee Choong Kooi and KBU Acting Registrar Ng Swee Lin during the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony.


The great leader, Nelson Mandela, once said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world”. However, there are many out there who are still struggling to be empowered by education due to various reasons. One of it is definitely, financial constraint.

Recognising the matter, KBU International College teamed up with Bukit Bintang Girl School’s BBGS Alumni Berhad to offer scholarships to help underprivileged young individuals, to pursue quality education.

The fund, which was set up in honour of the late Ms Elena Cooke, the longest serving headmistress of the Bukit Bintang Girls’ School (BBGS), is aimed at helping the financially needy students who may have fewer A’s in their SPM results than top scorers. However, the students are entitled to have a good track record in their school co-curricular activities and must be serious about education beyond Form 5.

“To date, three young women were offered the Elena Cooke Education Fund. Sabahan Ranimah Oransum has already completed her Early Childhood Education diploma course and is now happily working at a kindergarten, in her home state. Deborah Cheong, who was raised in a children’s home since Form 2, is currently doing a Diploma in Early Childhood Education at the Methodist College Kuala Lumpur, while Rebecca George is pursuing a Certified Accounting course at a local private higher learning institution,” said the Founding Director of BBGS Alumni Berhad Moey Yoke Lai.

She added that the recipients are progressing well and this creates eagerness in them to see more young people take hold of this opportunity.

Speaking after signing the Memorandum of Understanding, Dr Chee Choong Kooi said: “We are indeed very proud to be associated with BBGS Alumni Berhad which has helped underprivileged students. With the Memorandum of Understanding in place, we will be able to offer even more for the students”.

The Elena Cooke Education Fund usually works closely with local higher educational institutions such as KBU International College, so that successful candidates are financially covered throughout their diploma/ degree courses. Under the arrangement, the college will usually cover the tuition fees while the funds for accommodation, book and living expenses will be taken care by the Elena Cooke Foundation.

The Fund is a fitting tribute to Ms Cooke who has spent over half a century in the school as a student, teacher and headmistress while touching the lives of many through her discipline and nurturing approach.

The selection process is very transparent and all shortlisted candidates had to turn up for an interview by the committee. The candidates should have at least 3As in SPM, participated in extra-curricular activities, and be within a pre-determined band of financial constraints. And, of course, the candidate has to be a Malaysian citizen.

Closing date for application is 31 March 2014. Application forms can be downloaded from http://bbgs.com.my/elena-cooke-education-fund/how-to-apply/

KBU also offers an array of other scholarships such as Merit Scholarship 2014, Chinese Independent High School Principal Scholarship 2014, Sports Scholarships and Student Leaders and Top Office Bearers Scholarships.

For further details, please contact KBU International College, Bandar Utama, at Tel: 03-77273200 or Fax: 03-77272733 or email: enquiry@kbu.edu.my or visit our website: www.kbu.edu.my.

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