His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has awarded the Sultan's Scholar Scholarship of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah for 2018/2019 to three more excellent students. The ceremony took place yesterday afternoon at the Istana Nurul Iman. One student was awarded the 'Sultan's Scholar' Scholarship of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah while the other two received the scholarship to purse to higher education. The three students will pursue their studies at prestigious universities in the United Kingdom and Egypt.
Also in attendance were His Majesty's sons, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik, Chairman of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Board of Governors and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen.
The ceremony commenced with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doktor Ustaz Awang Haji Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.
His Majesty then awarded the "Sultan's Scholar" scholarship to the recipients. The first recipient was Awang Abdul Qayyum bin Haji Isa from the Hassanal Bolkiah Boys Arabic Secondary School who will study Arabic Language at the Al-Azhar University in Egypt.
The second recipient, Dayang Hajah Hafizah binti Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Nor was first awarded the Sultan's Scholar Scholarship of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah on 14th September 2013 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Second Class Upper in Architecture at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. This year, Dayang Hajah Hafizah received the scholarship to pursue a Master's degree in Architecture, the Royal Institute of British Architects - RIBA at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, United Kingdom.
The third recipient, Awang Muhammad Nasruddin bin Haji Sulaiman had received the Sultan's Scholar scholarship of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah on 20th of September 2014 and achieved the First Class (Hons) MChem in Chemistry at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. This year, Awang Muhammad Nasruddin received a new scholarship to further his studies for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Chemistry Research at the Imperial College London in the United Kingdom.
Doa selamat was then read by the State Mufti.
His Majesty then received the junjung ziarah and mingled with the scholarship recipients and their parents. His Majesty started awarding the 'Sultan's Scholar' Scholarship in 2006. Up to 2017, 46 students have received the awards. Since 2013, the Yayasan has widen the "Sultan's Scholar" Scholarship scheme for advance learning up to the Doctor of Philosophy or PhD degree. As of 2017, 4 recipients have received the scholarship for their PhD studies and 3 other recipients have received scholarships for the Master's Degrees. Also present were members of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Board of Governors, Chairman and members of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Board of Directors, Permanent Secretaries at the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs.
Source: Radio Television Brunei