KUALA LUMPUR, 8 August - The Carlsberg HuaZong Education Fund (CEF), an interest-free study loan programme, granted 30 students with RM552,000 study loan and RM48,000 scholarship at a simple yet meaningful presentation ceremony held at the Chinese Assembly Hall. These education funds totaling RM600,000 will be disbursed in stages according to the respective academic years of the mentioned students.
To commemorate the 16th anniversary of CEF, each student is also rewarded with a scholarship of RM1,600 to help in defraying their living and travelling expenses. This scholarship is on top of the interest-free study loan of RM5,000 each per academic year.
CEF, a joint partnership between Carlsberg Malaysia and the Federation of Chinese Association Malaysia (HuaZong), is aimed at supporting young people in their pursuits for education.
"Over the last 16 years, CEF, a long-standing CSR project of Carlsberg Malaysia, helped 528 students in undertaking and completing their higher education with RM5.7 million revolving funds. It is not only about providing financial assistance, it also aimed to encourage students to further their studies and pursue their dreams,” said Henrik Juel Andersen Managing Director of Carlsberg Malaysia.
Seeing the dedicated faces of the students today, I am convinced that they will study hard and achieve good results so to make your parents proud, set a good example to their juniors and repay their study loan so to ensure CEF a sustainable study-loan provider,” Henrik added.
Dato’ Cheng Lai Hock, Vice President of HuaZong, added that education is the greatest return and contribution to the society and that more people from different level in society should be encouraged to come forward to offer a helping hand to support needy families and provide financial aid to qualified candidates to achieve a better future for the country. To symbolise the optimistic future of the students, Henrik and Dato’ Cheng released into the air a helium lantern, which contained the respective aspiration of the CEF recipients.
After the presentation ceremony, CEF also took the opportunity to invite Tan Sri Danny Ooi, the founder of Malaysia Book of Records to share his success story to motivate the students, and encourage them to not give up their dreams easily. A copy of his book, “Dare To Dream”, courtesy of CEF, was given away to every guests.
Any enquiries, please visit www.carlsbergeducationfund.com.my or write to: The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia, No.1, Jalan Maharajalela, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, or call Ms Chew (CEF representative) at 03 – 2273 4008.