ECM Libra Foundation – the philanthropic arm of ECM Libra Group, a financial services company based in Malaysia has launched its ASEAN Scholarships with an allocation of RM15 million for 2020/2021 to support 50 students across ASEAN nations.
The scholarship is targeted towards academically and culturally gifted students in ASEAN countries.
“In the spirit of ASEAN, we believe that diversity is a strength, and providing opportunities to brightest young minds of ASEAN means uplifting social progress not just for our own country, but for our neighbours too in the spirit of Prosper Thy Neighbour espoused by ASEAN,” said Kalimullah Hassan, the co-founder of ECM Libra Foundation.
20 full and 30 partial scholarships will be awarded to these students from Year 7 or equivalent onwards to attend Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM), the only international campus of the prestigious Epsom College in the United Kingdom.
The scholarship will cover school and boarding fees, as well as 6 return flights a year to and from Kuala Lumpur.
The full list of ECM Libra Foundation ASEAN Scholarships and the eligibility criterias can be found here.
The foundation will provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships to low and middle-income communities that are currently feeling the financial pressures from the Covid-19 pandemic. The initiative will be the first ASEAN wide scholarship by ECM Libra Foundation aimed at closing the educational gap for the underprivileged in the region.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has brought upon tremendous health and financial impact across the world, leading to many sacrifices. We believe this should not be at the expense of our future generation’s education – which has led to us expanding our fund to support ASEAN,” said Lim Kian Onn, the co-founder of ECM Libra Foundation.
Established in August 2004, ECM Libra Foundation has been actively supporting education for underprivileged Malaysians. The foundation has produced significant results over the years, with scholars being accepted to top universities including Stanford University, Imperial College, UCL, Durham, Kings College and many more.
The foundation has provided over RM49 million towards student aid, grants, scholarships, and donations to educational projects since its establishment.