“We feel it is very important for people to receive a good education. Instead of merely offering financial assistance we also want to meet and guide them, share our stories to inspire and motivate them.”
Dato Kenny Tan
Consistent with its core values, KEN through the KEN Foundation seeks to encourage and support the growth and development of the nation’s youth by providing financial assistance to students for further education. Focused on assisting needy and able students, the foundation awards scholarships to students who have secured a place in a local tertiary institution but are unable to afford its cost. Generous donors contribute to the KEN Foundation funds adding to KEN Holdings’ yearly contribution of 1% of their revenue before tax. This funds a scholarship that covers the tuition fees, food and lodging of each recipient who are also granted an internship opportunity at KEN. The foundation hopes to offer assistance to as many applicants as they can yearly.
“I very grateful and happy for the scholarship because my parents wouldn’t have been able to support my studies. I am the fourth child in a family of eight siblings and my father is only a government staff,” said Mohd Tarmizi Bidin who was awarded the KEN scholarship in 2009 to pursue his Bachelor of Accounting at the University Putra Malaysia, “I am also grateful for the opportunity because I have learnt so much working at KEN.”
“I was surprised and grateful when I was informed I got the scholarship through a phone call. Other organisations did not really consider me due to my health conditions and I really needed the scholarship. My parents had already retired and I did not want to burden them financially. I wanted to show them I could be independent so that they would not have to worry about me in the future,” said Nicholas Ng who received the KEN Foundation scholarship in the second year of his Bachelors of Engineering (Electric and Electronic) at the University Putra Malaysia.
“I really needed this scholarship because the cost of this course was really high and I did not want to burden my parents. I am extremely grateful to KEN for awarding the scholarship to me,” said Nurasyikin bt Zainuddin who was awarded the scholarship in 2010 to pursue her BsC in Architecture at the International Islamic University Malaysia.