logo_honda.jpgThe Honda Dreams Fund programme by Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a scholarship that aims to give underprivileged young Malaysians who dare to dream, a chance to fulfill their dreams and achieve a better future through education.

It covers tertiary education fees and provides for allowances to meet living expenses for the duration of their courses in private institutions, and is open to Malaysians aged between 17 – 24 years of age who have at least completed and passed the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) examination. The candidate must come from a household with a combined income of less than RM1,500. This full scholarship is non-binding.

The first batch of 20 young Malaysians are already studying now. The 2008 batch will consist of another lucky 20 people, selected from the shortlisted list of 60 candidates. The selection process will be via an all expense-paid workshop. The selection process is done by an ndependent Advisory Panel which comprises members from Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM), All Womens Action Society (AWAM), Malaysian Youth Council (MYC) as well as UNDP and Honda Malaysia.

HDFTo apply, candidates are required to write an essay on their aspirations in realizing their dreams on A4 size paper in not more than 500 words beginning with “Honda Dreams Fund is the opportunity I have been waiting for to realise my dreams. Since I was young, I have always aspired to be…“.

Attach a photocopy of the following documents: NRIC, Certified true copy of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and/or Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM), School leaving certificate (if any), Testimonial / referees (from schools/NGOs/Homes), EA Form / J Form or any other form that verifies income (if any) and other qualifications if available.

Send applications to:

Honda Dreams Fund
“Human Resource Development through Education and
Training for Malaysian Youth” Project
P.O Box 12544
50782, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Or email to: hdfessay@undp.org

The closing date for entries is tomorrow. It’s rather last minute now, but if you read this and know of anyone who might be in need of such a scholarship, please do let them know. It’s not very likely that someone who needs such a scholarship has the luxury of going online often and reading websites such as this one, so it’s very important for those who do have such luxuries to inform those who don’t via word of mouth and etc.

Of course, Honda Malaysia realises this and has brought the news of the programme’s availability to the public, including rurals in East Malaysia. A team from Honda Malaysia including CEO Atsushi Fujimoto visited Miri, Sarawak and Sabah. The team visited Miri and Bario on February 25–28, 2008, sharing the opportunities available through the HDF to 170 youths and representatives from the indigenous groups of Sarawak.

TambunanTalks in Sabah were held in Penampang, Tambunan and Sukau, Kinabatangan. More than 130 youths, parents, schoolteachers and representatives of villages from more than 14 districts in Sabah, some from as far as Kudat and Tawau, attended the talk in Penampang.

The talk in Tambunan drew about 70 students while the one in Sukau was attended by about 85 people from 7 villages. Sukau which is located about 150km from Sandakan is an area accessible by water transportation or a dusty ride in a hired van through stretches of paved road, pothole-filled semi-tarred road and gravel. Majority of the population are the Orang Sungai, who live below the poverty line in Sabah of about RM700.

TambunanEduan Bah Chimpok, a pastor who gathered the Orang Asli for the talk in Gopeng said, “This is a golden opportunity for the Orang Asli. Most of them receive no education and for those who did, they cannot afford to further their studies. The way that Honda and UNDP have put together this scholarship and the campaign they undertook to inform these indigenous groups is refreshing. This is the first time a corporation had gone through such lengths to talk about a scholarship to the Orang Asli.”

These are the people we are talking about, who really need such a scholarship. Taking a look at the 2007 recipients list, there is a great mix of gender and race. This is one of the few scholarships in Malaysia which gives out funds based on need and merit rather than “other factors”.

And if you know someone who needs such a scholarship and will most likely miss the application this year, there’s always next year.

Related Links:
Honda Dream Funds Class of 2007
Honda Dream Funds – Application