Students Receive The Inaugural UHAAM Bursary & Leadership Impact Awards 2013

SRI College® students, Maheswary Sivaraman and Nyon Kar Mern, received the inaugural UH Alumni Association

Malaysia (UHAAM) Bursary & Leadership Impact Awards on 21 November 2013 at Renaissance Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Both students are currently in their third year of taking the BA (Hons) Education Studies and Early Years.

Among the dignitaries who attended the prestigious event included Dr Aziz Boussofiane, Director of UH Global at

University of Hertfordshire and Dato' Dr Ir Andy Seo, Chair of the UHAAM Malaysian Scholarship Fund.

As a single mother of two daughters, Maheswary Sivaraman had led a hard life ever since her husband passed away.

The sole breadwinner, who was a former teacher at a Smart Reader Kids® centre, had to support her family and make

ends meet. Due to her passion and dedication in teaching young children, she eventually made the decision to

pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education.

“When I applied for the bursary, it never crossed my mind that I will be selected to receive it. This is truly a gift from

God and I believe it will help to ease my financial burden. For that, I would like to thank UHAAM and SRI® College

for making this possible,” shared Maheswary, who also mentioned that her children are her motivation to never give up

and always strive for excellence.

On the other hand, Nyon Kar Mern revealed that her interest to teach young children began when she went on a trip to

Cambodia with her fellow church members. Upon seeing the dire situation of rural children, she felt inspired to do

her part. Soon after, she enrolled herself in SRI® College, with high hopes to make a meaningful and significant difference

in society.

“At first, I believe the bursary will help to cover my education expenses. But the moment I received the bursary, I felt the

motivation to perform better in my studies,” said Nyon. She further added that she would like to continue her studies at

a higher level.

Representing SRI® College on that night was the Academic Dean and Business Development Director, Mr Manivanan

Saman. He said, “It was a great honour to witness two of our students receiving the bursary awards. Both of them have

demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities and they truly deserve the recognition.”

He further added, “With the relationship that we have established with UHAAM, we are now, more than ever, determined

to nurture future global leaders that are inspirational and determined to give back to the community. “

The Bursary & Leadership Impact Awards was launched by the Deputy British High Commissioner, Mr Ray Kyles on 31st

July, and was made possible through the generous donations and support from alumni, friends and family as well as

sponsorships from partner institutions of the University of Hertfordshire.

The Bursary Awards provide financial assistance to local undergraduates currently enrolled in University of Hertfordshire’s

partner institution in Malaysia. In order to qualify for the award, that is valued at RM5000 for one academic year only,

students must be progressing to Year 2 or Year 3 of study.

In contrast, the Leadership Impact Awards recognises the leadership potentials of students who have initiated and

enhanced the well-being of society. The value of the award is RM1000.


The award winners with their family members and the management of SRI® College.