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Our Past Scholars

YTL Foundation Scholars are our pride and joy. Our scholarship programme aims to nurture dynamic individuals to be the leaders of tomorrow. We believe we can transform society through quality education, and our scholars possess the education and values that can enable positive change in their communities.

Our Past Scholars

Dr Narasimman Sathiamurthy

Head of Thoracic Surgery Services, Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia
“I am among the very first students to be a YTL Scholar, something I’m very proud of. YTL Foundation strives to be the catalyst in building this nation through education, and I firmly stand behind this belief. 20 years ago, I was just a young school boy in Teluk Intan, Perak with a big dream of saving lives and wearing a doctor’s white coat. My mother, who is the true protagonist in this story, single-handedly raised me since the passing of my father, and deserves a standing ovation. Her perseverance inspired me, and with YTL Foundation’s help, I am fulfilling my dream as a practising surgeon.”
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Ratnadewi Lim

Teach for Malaysia’s 2012 Fellow teaching English in a high-need secondary school in Kuala Lumpur.
“It never crossed my mind that I would one day be a teacher to a group of teenagers in a government school. I always imagined myself climbing the corporate ladder in a sharp business suit. Those dreams took a turn about 10 years ago, when I faced difficulties getting admitted into local universities after my STPM. Private university was an option but I had to find a way to fund my education. YTL Foundation filled that void because they took a leap of faith and entrusted their confidence in me. Because of YTL Foundation, I earned a business degree from a reputable university, and I am doing the same for my students, changing their lives through education and giving the same opportunities YTL Foundation gave me.”
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Dr Alina Hua

Specialist Registrar in Cardiology
“YTL Foundation gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream in medicine, which seemed impossible as the funding needed proved to be too strenuous for my parents, especially coming from a humble background. I am truly blessed by YTL Foundation, and it encourages me to help others as well. After graduating from Imperial College, London in medicine, I dedicated my life to the patients at the Academic Foundation in London.”
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Jason Pok

CEO of Attarat Power Company (APCO)
“I achieved 9A’s in my SPM. Coming from a humble background, getting a scholarship was my only option for further education. I was relieved when TNB initially offered me a scholarship to study engineering in UNITEN. My scholarship however, fell through. I was extremely disappointed but it did not hold me back. I just continued looking for other available scholarships. I applied for the YTL Foundation scholarship and thought that I failed the interview because I naively said that coal was a renewable energy. I know better now! Till today, I am forever grateful for YTL Foundation’s trust and confidence in me. My internship with YTL Power provided valuable experience within the industry and this was the first step on my path towards becoming CEO of APCO. I am grateful and truly blessed, and I will always do my best in YTL.”
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Truly Remarkable Scholars: Video Series


Catch Dr Nara's , Ratna Dewi's and Kenzon Yeoh’s incredible stories in motion. Watch these inspiring true stories as well as the lives we have touched and transformed.

A Boy from Teluk Intan

Nara, a smalltown boy with big dreams, overcame impossible hurdles with the support of his teacher, Mr Rajendra, and a scholarship from YTL Foundation. Watch how small actions can leave giant footprints.

Ratna’s Story

Recognising Ratna's potential, we realised her dream of pursuing her tertiary education. She is now a teacher in a high-need state school, helping other students achieve their dreams.

Kenzon’s Vision
Visually-Impaired Scholar

This is the inspiring story of how Kenzon’s dreams are becoming reality. Recognising his amazing potential, YTL Foundation sponsored his pursuit of a computer science degree, helping him realise his hopes of improving the lives of those struggling with disability.

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YTL Foundation was founded in 1997 on the belief that education is the basis on which every society progresses. By improving education, empowering future generations and building tomorrow’s leaders, YTL Foundation aims to empower individuals and communities to be catalysts of change.

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