Thank You Notes from ECEF Scholars

(Jonathan Phan, our Elena Cooke Education Fund scholar pursuing his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (English for Professionals) degree at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, has just sat for his final exams, and has already received an offer to pursue his Master’s degree, having performed commendably during his 3 years there. He informed us that he is currently applying for scholarships, but if it doesn’t work out, he will apply for the university’s research assistant position. Another option is to apply for a PTPTN loan and work part-time as a tuition teacher if necessary. His convocation will be on 26th September 2019.
To the Elena Cooke Education Fund,

In a blink of an eye, my journey of getting my first degree has almost come to an end, as I’m writing this right before my final exams. Sure, the journey was perilous and it may seem impossible at times, but it was all worth it. I got to meet new people, establish connections, make new friendships, and of course, take one more step in achieving my goal of being an English educator. As of now, I have already gotten a conditional offer to pursue my Masters here (same campus, same faculty) which I am going to accept, starting this coming September.

Thank you ECEF for giving me this opportunity and I am indebted to the organisation.

Yours sincerely,
Jonathan Phan

Jonathan with his aunt in Kuantan, whom he described as “the only true mother” he has and who has been supporting him as his parents are divorced.



(In 2014, Elena Cooke Education Fund gave scholarship to Mok Jia Huai (who had lived in a children’s home from the age of 8 years until after SPM) to pursue a 2-years Diploma in Mass Communications at First City University College (formerly known as KBU International College). After the diploma was completed in 2016, she was given a scholarship by IACT College to do a Bachelor’s Degree in Media, Culture and Communication.  )

I would like to remember BBGS for helping to fund my tertiary education. I am so grateful towards all of your contributions. It was by far the best gift I received.

I just finished my internship with Essence Burson-Marsteller, a PR firm and I am officially done with my degree program.

Getting into KBU was a real blessing for me. I went there with enthusiasm in continuing my studies in a higher institution. I am blessed because not everyone gets the privilege to even step into college or university and for a long time I thought that would be the case for me. However, thanks to ECEF they made my dreams into a reality. I really enjoyed every single day of my college days.

With guidance from various individuals, I managed to jog through my Degree Program in IACT. It was the university of my dreams and I managed to get in and on top of that, I completed my degree! It was not all fun and games but it did make room for a lot of self growth and maturation. I would say it was rather a journey of self discovery and a wake up call to the reality of this world.

As of now, I am looking for jobs and managed to get a few offers. I realized I am not suited for office based admin work but rather people related jobs where it requires me to talk with people and close deals and etc.

ECEF has helped me in many ways that you can imagine. It was the stepping stone for my career. It gave me an unforgettable college experience, a roof over my head and sufficient allowance for my food.

Jai Huai

Here are photos of Jia Huai – one photo taken at the signing of the Scholarship Agreement in 2014 (she is in the yellow T-shirt next to Ms Moey Yoke Lai) and the other photo of her now with her internship friends (she is on the extreme left).  She is all grown-up!  





(who has just completed her studies for a degree in Accounting in the University of Malaya.  Her convocation will be in October 2018)

As a recipient of the Elena Cooke Education Fund scholarship in 2014, I want to thank you profoundly for granting me this scholarship and giving me support for my 4 years of studies.

I have just finished my internship in PETRONAS. As an Accounting major student, I plan to pursue a professional qualification while starting a career after graduating from the University of Malaya. Then I can take better care of my family.

My father is a tailor and was not able to afford my education and living expenses, with his limited income. By awarding me the ECEF scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden and allowed me to pursue quality studies and to focus more on the most important aspect of university life – learning. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community.  I hope I will be able to help needy students achieve their goals in future just as you have helped me.

Li Xuan



(She is at the final stage of her course – a Diploma in Computer Science at Universiti Malaysia Pahang.)

I will start my internship soon at Kiwitech Sdn. Bhd. and my internship period counts as Semester 5 which is my final semester as a diploma student. I am hoping to score a 4 flat in this semester to graduate with a 3.5++ CGPA, wish me luck 🙂

Studying at UMP was worthwhile and certainly a memorable experience. I’ve made amazing friends, met amazing people who more or less helped me grow as a person. At first, I experienced culture shock as university environment is very different compared to high school environment, especially when I come from ‘sekolah agama’.  This is why my first semester’s result was not very good as I was still overwhelmed at the freedom that I have and I took it too easy. But that served as a lesson for me and my result improved in the following semesters till at last I finally achieved the Dean’s List last semester.

My family has always prioritized education. I am the eldest child and I have 4 siblings below me who are full-time students.  The scholarship means so much to me and my family as it helps to reduce the financial burden for education.  At least my parents have one less child to worry about, especially when my father is not working because of his health condition and my mother is a housewife.  We appreciate all the help that we can get.

I am aiming to continue my Bachelor Degree at a top Malaysian university such as UM or UPM if I were to be given the opportunity to enrol in those universities next year.  Thank you very much to Elena Cooke Education Fund for supporting me throughout my diploma.  Words cannot express how grateful I am to be awarded with the scholarship and to continue my studies without having to worry about financial problems.


Nurcassandra with her family

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