15 March 2016

A Boost for Civil Engineer in the Making

A native of Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, Chan Zhen Hoe who is the youngest of 5 siblings related he left his hometown for the very first time to pursue A-Level studies at Sunway College upon receiving a scholarship from the Nanyang Education Fund. At Sunway College and in a totally new environment Chan learned to be independent. He found he was surrounded by people who were better than him and realised he needed to improve in order to keep. Even though he scored 9As in his SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia), he confessed he found the A-Level programme challenging and it took him a bit of time to catch up with his classmates.

After completing the A-Level, Chan hoped to pursue further studies. He applied for various scholarships and was awarded the JCF-Sunway Berhad Scholarship in 2015. “It was one of the toughest scholarship interviews compared to those I have previously attended. There were several stages and each one catered to test one’s skills and personality. On top of that, I was given tasks to complete within the given time. All in all throughout the whole process, I learnt quite a few things”, said Chan.

“I was tremendously excited as it is such an honour to be awarded this scholarship as the Sunway Group is well-known in Malaysia”, he said on being awarded the Scholarship. The Scholarship covers Chan’s full tuition fees as well as living allowance for his 4 years of the Bachelor of Civil Engineering programme at Monash University Malaysia.

According to Chan, he has always been fascinated with building designs and structures, and hopes one day he will have the opportunity to design and construct one in the future. He professed he will derive great satisfaction to see a project from start to finish (completion of a building).

Chan says he deeply enjoys university life at Monash. “There are many clubs and societies in which I can participate for extra-curricular activities. The University lecturers are very good and experienced. In class, there are many group projects like spaghetti-bridge-building in which I find very interesting. Teamwork is important as these projects contribute to our examination marks.

Chan is one of many to have benefitted from Scholarships disbursed by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF). Every year the Sunway Education Group through the Foundation aspires to reach out to more students, to provide them a chance at quality education with the hope to make an impact on students’ lives. This is in tune with Founder and Chairman Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah’s firm belief and understanding that higher education is vital to the progress of the country, and that a good education leads to a better life.

The JCF, Malaysia’s largest education-focused social enterprise is imbued with the philanthropy of nurturing success and transforming lives through education. To date the Foundation has awarded more than RM210 million to thousands of deserving students.

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