Monday, March 19, 2012

Dell Fosters Talented Malaysians with First Dell Malaysia Scholarship Awards

Malaysia, March 19, 2012 – Dell has awarded scholarships to nine promising young Malaysians to help them pursue their tertiary education and provide them with an opportunity for a rewarding and challenging career at Dell, through the Dell Malaysia Scholarship Awards. The scholarship awards mark the first time Dell is offering undergraduate scholarships to Malaysians and signifies the company’s commitment to providing educational support to young talent.

The awards are part of the Dell Malaysia Skills Enhancement Sponsorship (MSES) Program, an initiative to develop and attract new talent by offering public scholarships to undergraduates in selected local public universities and local campuses of foreign universities in Malaysia. More than 100 applications were received from students pursuing degrees in accounting and finance, information technology, business management, engineering, law, statistics, mathematics and economics.
Dell scholarship recipients with (2nd from right) Steve Felice, President and Chief Commercial Officer, Dell

“We believe in advancing human potential by developing and nurturing bright young talent. By providing access to opportunities and funding such as the Dell Malaysia Scholarship Awards, we help them manifest their potential and develop their leadership capabilities and skill sets,” said Dato’ Simon Wong, managing director for Dell Malaysia.

This year’s nine recipients were awarded scholarships totalling RM 350,000 and, upon graduation, will serve Dell for a period of one to four years.

The scholarship awards were presented at a ceremony held at the Dell Global Business Center in Bayan Lepas, Penang. Four scholars attended the event: Lee Sau Lai and Cham Hong Weng from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), and Shaminy Marutha and Farid Aswan bin Ismail from Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM). They were presented with cheques from Dato’ Wong and Steve Felice, global president and chief commercial officer for Dell.

The five other recipients are Suganthi Balakerisnan, a first-year Accounting student at Multimedia University Malaysia; Mohd Tharmizi bin Daud, a second-year Electric Mechatronics student at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; Joanne Wee Wei Ting, first-year Accounting Information System student at UUM; Sharifah Nurul Awwall binti Sayed Abdul Rahman, a first-year Economics student at University of Malaya; and Nur Izzaty binti Zulbadli, a final-year International Business Management student at University of Nottingham (Malaysia Campus).

Dell is committed to using its technology, funds and people talent to initiate programs that bridge the technology gap among underserved youths across the globe. The company’s signature global giving program, Dell YouthConnect, promotes education and helps build math, science, literacy and technology skills among young people. The Dell Malaysia Scholarship Awards are yet another example of the company’s efforts to give back to the community.

Quotes from scholarship recipients:

Cham Hong Weng, First-year, Computer Science, USM: “When I first heard about Dell’s scholarship program, I felt that this would be a very good opportunity for me to improve myself. Dell’s position in the IT world today is inspiring. Joining Dell will make a ‘new’ me.”

Shaminy Marutha, First-year, International Business Management, UUM: “It feels great to be awarded with this scholarship and I feel so fortunate, especially in getting an offer from a well-known multinational corporation such as Dell. With such international standards and visions, I believe I would be able to have a successful career in Dell and make my dreams come true.”

Lee Sau Lai, Third-year, Finance, USM: “The scholarship has enabled me to continue my studies to gain more experience in my university life. It feels awesome to be working for Dell [when I graduate].”

Farid Aswan bin Ismail, Final-year, International Affairs Management, UUM: “It is an honour for me to receive this scholarship. I would like to express my highest gratitude to Dell for its scholarship program which inspires me to work harder and challenge myself to the next level. I am so excited to work for Dell, share the experience and at the same time meet outstanding people. Although I do not come from a Computer Science or technical background, I know there are some roles I can contribute to Dell. I believe that a multi-faceted background is intrinsic for an organisation like Dell that continuously focuses on innovation and research in the development of technology.”

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