Sultan's Scholar for five students
By Azaraimy HH

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday consented to award five students with the 'Sultan's Scholar'.

The Sultan's Scholar is the most prestigious and highly sought-after scholarship scheme amongst the top and aspiring students in the country. To get it, one has to go through an intense and mind-challenging interview by top panellists.

The presentation ceremony of the prestigious scholarship took place at the Istana Nurul Iman yesterday, where His Majesty presented the award to the students.

Accompanying His Majesty at the event were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince, HRH Prince Haji 'Abdul 'Azim and HRH Prince 'Abdul Malik.

The Sultan's Scholar Scheme is a special scholarship offered by Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah to students who achieve excellent results in examinations at advanced level or its equivalent to pursue first degree courses at world renowned universities specified by Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and recognised by the Ministry of Education of Brunei Darussalam.

The scheme is intended to produce citizens who are knowledgeable, skilful, disciplined and well mannered for the long-term benefit of the country.

The objectives are four-fold - to give encouragement as well as motivation to students who obtain excellent results in examinations at advanced level or its equivalent; to put forward students who have the potential to pursue courses which are preferred by the government from time to time; to give appreciation on the success of these students and to enhance their motivation to continue to make an effort and study; to increase the manpower of the government of His Majesty who are trained and professional.

The five recipients are: Awang Muhammad Ayyub bin Haji Kamaludin, 19, Dayang Nur'Amirah binti Ibarahim, 20, Awangku Haji Mohammad Zaki bin Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Zaini @ Awangku Abdul 'Aleem, 19, Dayang Nur Amirah Izzati binti Mohd Noor, 19, and Dayang Rabviyatul Adauyah @ Zahidah binti Haji Awang, 20.

From 2006 to 2008, three students each year were awarded with 'Sultan's Scholar'.

Awang Muhammad Ayyub bin Hj Kamaludin from Sekolah Menengah Sayyidina Ali will be pursuing Mechanical Engineering at the Imperial College, London.

Dayang Nur' Amirah binti Ibrahim from Sekolah Menengah Sayyidina Ali will be pursuing Microbiology at the Imperial College, London.

Awangku Haji Mohammad Zaki bin Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Zaini @Awangku Abdul 'Aleem from Dulwich College, United Kingdom will be pursuing Civil Engineering at the Imperial College, London.

Dayang Nur Amirah Izzati binti Mohd Noor from Bedford High School for Girls, United Kingdom will be pursuing Chemical Engineering at the Imperial College, London.

Dayang Rabviyatul Adauyah @ Zahidah binti Hj Awang from Sekolah Menengah Arab Laki-Laki Hassanal Bolkiah will be pursuing Syariah at the Al-Azhar University, Egypt.

The presentation ceremony started with the recital of Al-Fahtihah led by Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abd Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.

After all the recipients received their awards, a doa selamat was then read by the State Mufti.

Before leaving the ceremony, His Majesty mingled with the scholars and their families and took part in a group photo with the scholar recipients.

Also present during the ceremony were members of the board of directors of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Steering Committee of the 'Sultan's Scholar' Yayasan, senior officers from government departments and Yayasan, school principals and some secondary students. - Borneo Bulletin (18th September 2009)


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