KOTA KINABALU: In high school, top student Randy Philip, 18, used to supplement his family’s income by giving tuition classes to his peers for RM10 per session.
Now, Randy, who is one of three children of lorry driver Philip Benjamin, 59, and housewife Alice Markus, 48, is one of the 34 outstanding Sabah students who received a coveted scholarship under the Petronas Education Sponsorship Programme (PESP).
The Dusun lad from Keningau in the interior of Sabah, scored a string of 9As in his SPM last year and will be going to Universiti Teknologi Petronas in Perak next month to study chemical engineering for five years.
“This scholarship is a golden ticket for me to fulfil my dreams of becoming an engineer.
Randy: This scholarship is the golden ticket to fulfil my dreams.
“I was happy and grateful for such an opportunity as I do not come from a privileged background with my father earning less than RM2,000 per month,” said Randy, when met on the sidelines of the sponsorship presentation here.
Randy’s message to fellow students striving to break the cycle of poverty in their family is to “work hard, be a leader, and have self-belief.”
Another scholarship recipient Nazera Samsul, 18, from Sandakan in the east coast of the state, is on the road to the United Kingdom to study accounting.
The Tidong lass, who is the third daughter of oil palm factory worker Samsul Samian, 51, and housewife Jaimah Taip, 46, also scored straight 9As and will be doing her foundation studies in Kolej Yayasan UEM in Selangor before continuing her degree overseas.
“Once I have finished my studies, I’d like to come back to the nation and contribute my expertise as an accountant,” said Nazera.
Nazera: Once I have finished my studies, I’d like to come back and contribute my expertise.
State Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob, who presented the scholarships to the students, said the PESP programme is an important launchpad and enabler for Sabahan students to pursue higher education.
“PESP is deemed as providing the resources to enable our students to obtain the best education and they will channel their knowledge and expertise back to the country after their studies,” said Dr Yusof, who also advised the students to work hard and maximise their golden opportunity.
Petronas has sponsored a total of 418 Sabahan students since 2003 to pursue tertiary studies in various fields at a number of universities overseas and at Universiti Teknologi Petronas.
A total of RM113mil has been allocated for the PESP nationwide this year.
Source: The Star Online