ECiM Libra Foundation co-founder Dato’ Lim Kian Onn announced the foundation’s inaugural Asean-wide scholarship programme aimed at closing the educational gap for the underprivileged in the region with an allocation of $3.5 million for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year.
The foundation will provide financial assistance in the form of 20 full and 30 partial scholarships to academically and culturally gifted students in Asean countries to attend the prestigious Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM). The scholarship will cover school and boarding fees as well as six return flights a year to and from Kuala Lumpur.
With Asean being the third-largest economy in Asia and the seventh-largest in the world, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) envisages unifying Asean economic strength as a single market to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region. ECiM Libra Foundation’s scholarship programme was initiated sharing the same goals as the AEC.
In the spirit of Asean, ECiM Libra Foundation’s Close The Gap Scholarship Fund will be offering full scholarships under its Asean Bright Sparks programme for both the 18-month A-Level programme as well as the Year 10 and 11 programmes at ECiM.
The foundation is also offering partial academic scholarships for Years 7 to 13 students that will cover up to 50 percent of school and boarding fees as well as six return flights a year to and from Kuala Lumpur.
The foundation has provided more than $11.6 million in financial assistance to educational projects since its establishment and has produced significant results over the years, with scholars being accepted to top universities including the US’ Stanford University, Imperial College London, University College London, Durham University, Kings College London and many more.