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Sunday, 17 November 2013 00:00

Muar Tzu Chi's Scholarship Scheme Benefitted 679 Students

Written by  By Kang Miew Tiang, Muar / Translated by Goh Hwe Yong

Jing-Si products, like comic books, food and utensils were distributed to Tzu Chi Muar's scholarship recipients.【Photograph by Soh Lip Seng】

On November 10 and 17, Tzu Chi Muar held 6 Scholarship Presentation Ceremonies at 5 locations to hand out scholarships to a total of 679 primary and secondary students.


Tzu Chi Muar has introduced the scholarship scheme since 2008 to help needy students. The scholarships are awarded to students based on academic performance, good conduct and positive humanistic values.

Master Cheng Yen gave the guideline as follows: "Without good conduct, mere academic achievement is of no significance to society; worse still, a wrong value system may even create trouble for society."

A determined effort against adversity

Sixth Former, Wei Xiu Feng, an orphan, was raised by her uncle (the elder brother of her father) and auntie, who have 4 children of their own. Her uncle is a labourer in a plantation and thus, is very poor. Xiu Feng understood the situation, and has been very grateful for all that the family had done for her.

Xiu Feng borrowed money from her friends in order to buy reference books for her studies with hope to do well in her study.

Once, she almost gave up schooling so as not to burden her uncle. But with motivation and the timely aid from her Malay teacher, who helped her solve her problem with payment of fees, she managed to continue with her studies.

Early this year, her Malay teacher helped her again by applying the Tzu Chi scholarship for her. On their home visit, volunteers saw her immediate financial needs, and an emergency monetary aid was given to help her repay the money she had borrowed from friends, and also to help pay her educational fees.

Xiu Feng was awarded for her outstanding academic performance and good conduct; and was invited to give a Mandarin and a Tamil sharing at the respective presentation ceremonies. In her sharing, she expressed her deep gratitude to her teacher, relatives, friends and Tzu Chi; and she also encouraged her juniors to be strong and never give up on their studies.

She said that the aid provided by Tzu Chi has allowed her to complete her Form 6 without worries, and that was a great moral support for her to strive on relentlessly.

Since her auntie is an Indian, Xiu Feng was able to give a sharing held at the Tamil Primary School in fluent Tamil. She hoped that her sharing would become a motivational force for all her juniors to face challenges and overcome obstacles in their studies.

Since joining Tzu Chi volunteers on home visits, Xiu Feng has realized that she is comparatively better off than those she had seen. Thus, she said she felt blessed and would treasure what she had been given. She wants to serve others to reciprocate the help extended to her by Tzu Chi volunteers.

Xiu Feng also expressed her wish to be a teacher to help as many needy students as she could.

Another student, who received an award for good academic progress, was Zheng Jin Qi. She was raised by a single-parent and despite being poor, she felt blessed compared to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan as she has shelter, food, and the chance to study. She wanted to study harder so as to be eligible for a degree course of her choice in a university.

The great response to a small booklet

Tzu Chi's care-recipient, Rathi A/P Chanaya has placed great importance on her children's education. She has 3 school-going children, two of whom are doing well in their studies. She also monitors her children's progress by paying monthly visits to their teachers in school.

She said that with the introduction of the Progress Report Book, the children have automatically learnt to be more attentive during classes.

Volunteers also planned a series of games for the occasion to enable the children to experience what it takes for the physically disadvantaged to learn to draw. They went through the difficult challenges and completed the task with great determination.

A donation drive in aid of the Typhoon Haiyan victims was initiated to kindle the innate kindness of all present. "Love and Care for All" was sung as a prayer for the victims' well-being.

Besides the scholarships, Jing-Si products in the form of comic books, food and utensils were also distributed.

 

Children learnt to draw with eyes blindfolded to experience the learning difficulties faced by the physically-challenged. 【Photograph by Tan Siong Kee】   L.Jersanaa A/P Logaraj (first right) said she would improve her attendance in school next year. Her attendance, as shown in the Progress Report Book, was affected because she had to accompany her mother and brother to hospital in Johor Bahru.【Photograph by Ng Pei Sze】

Children learnt to draw with eyes blindfolded to experience the learning difficulties faced by the physically-challenged. 【Photograph by Tan Siong Kee】
 
L.Jersanaa A/P Logaraj (first right) said she would improve her attendance in school next year. Her attendance, as shown in the Progress Report Book, was affected because she had to accompany her mother and brother to hospital in Johor Bahru.【Photograph by Ng Pei Sze】
 
Wei Xiu Feng (left), recipient of the Award for Good Conduct and Academic Performance, gave a sharing in Mandarin and Tamil respectively, expressing gratitude towards her benefactors, and giving encouragement to her juniors to persevere in their studies. (The woman in red shirt is Xiu Feng's auntie.)【Photograph by Low Choon Hui】  

Wei Xiu Feng (left), recipient of the Award for Good Conduct and Academic Performance, gave a sharing in Mandarin and Tamil respectively, expressing gratitude towards her benefactors, and giving encouragement to her juniors to persevere in their studies. (The woman in red shirt is Xiu Feng's auntie.)【Photograph by Low Choon Hui】
 

 

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