Chana, Thailand, 22 January 2002 — Some 44 students from seven schools in Southern Thailand today received minor scholarship awards from PETRONAS, Malaysia’s national petroleum corporation. They formed the third batch of students from this part of Thailand to receive PETRONAS’ scholarship to assist them in their studies.
The scholarship awards were presented to the students at a ceremony held here by PETRONAS’ Vice-President of Education Puan Mariam Rahimah Mukhtar.
The award of the scholarship to the students is part of a larger effort by PETRONAS, as enshrined in its Mission Statement, to help contribute to the well-being of the people and the nation where it has business operations. PETRONAS has been offering scholarship to students in southern Thailand since 1999. To date, 122 secondary school students and 17 undergraduates from the Prince of Songkhla University have been offered PETRONAS’ scholarship worth about 16,830,000.00 baht (about RM168,300.00).
The minor scholarship awarded to the secondary school children, who range from Form 1 to Form 6 students, comprises monthly allowances to help ease their expenses. For the university students, apart from the monthly allowances, they also receive fund from PETRONAS to pay for their tuition fees and books.
Eligibility for the scholarship is based on excellent academic performance, strong leadership qualities and active involvement in co-curricular activities. The socio-economic background of the respective student’s family is also a major factor in deciding the award of the scholarship.
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