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SJIIM celebrates its second batch of IBDP Scholars

St. Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia (SJIIM) recently feted its second batch of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) Scholars through a Scholarship Awards Ceremony on 17 April 2018. A total of 22 students were presented with SJIIM’s coveted IBDP Scholarship Award Certificate this time round in a special event that was graced by the President of the Malaysian Federation of Lasallian Alumni Associations, Mr. Michael Simon as the Guest of Honor.

A time honoured Lasallian tradition that is also observed in its brother school, SJI International Singapore, the ceremony follows up on the inaugural SJIIM IBDP Scholarship that was launched back in 2016. The IBDP Scholarship Programme is a cornerstone of the Lasallian International School and it provides scholarships ranging from 100% – 30% in school fee waivers for qualified and talented students. In 2017, many students applied for the scholarships with applications coming in from as far as Vietnam and the Philippines.

Each of these scholars stood proud as they were called on stage to receive their Scholarship Award Certificates while being feted by SJIIM’s Board of Governors, Principals, invited guests, teachers, parents and students. This year’s event was made extra special by the presence of fellow Malaysian Federation of Lasallian Alumni Associations EXCO members which further exemplifies SJIIM’s connection with its Malaysian Lasallian roots. This was reiterated the Brother President of SJIIM, Br. Thomas Lavin in his welcoming address, “Having Mr. Michael Simon and his fellow EXCO members with us today will provide us with a platform to expand our scholarship initiatives even further which also assists with the revitalization efforts of Lasallian schools”. 

In his speech as the Guest of Honour, Mr. Michael Simon noted that the SJIIM Scholarship Programme, which came at a large cost is indeed a large sum for a young school to provide for and commended SJIIM’s effort in providing scholarships for deserving young men and women who will give the world lasting hope for the future. He further added that, “Developing the talent that we have and making greater investments will contribute to generating the development of our future leaders. Education and capacity building to generate the new talent with the right skills, mind-sets and values, as well as effective talent development strategies and their implementation, have now become key priorities of the nation”. He also congratulated the scholarship recipients and challenged them to contribute back to their Alma mMater in the future as well as to ‘The Last, The Lost and The Least’ as they move into the next phase of their lives.

An all-round enriching scholarship experience, the IBDP Scholars of this programme also had the opportunity to participate in a Lasallian Leadership Training Camp in the Philippines last year which focused on Lasallian Formation, Leadership Training and Service Work and helped prepare the school’s scholars as Senior Lasallian Student Leaders to serve the school’s community and the needy public on their return from the camp.

SJIIM’s scholars are certainly enjoying their experience so far in SJIIM. One of the scholars, Muhammed Hazim bin Shahridan Faiez said, “SJIIM has given me the opportunity to improve myself as an individual, time in and time out. I believe in a community where everybody supports and encourages one another and that’s exactly what SJIIM is. As a scholar, I have had an abundance of opportunities to grow and flourish. Being actively involved in school activities, getting support from my teachers and having access to a top quality education has made me realize my potential to reach greater heights for myself and my community. With this opportunity given by SJIIM, I hope to give back to the school in the future”.

The SJIIM IBDP Scholarship Programme is a unique outreach initiative of St. Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia. It offers a 2-year scholarship to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in SJIIM. Applications are evaluated based on merit and all applicants are expected to be able to provide evidence of good academic performance and demonstrate active participation and leadership in service & co-curricular activities.

Applications will open again in December 2018 for SJIIM’s 2019/20 IBDP intake in August 2019. Interested applicants are encouraged to download the application form at:

www.sji-international.edu.my/ibdp-scholarship-programme/