More Opportunities: Sauve Scholars, HSBC Young Entrepreneurship Awards, Educare

Researching about world affairs in Montreal, battling business skills in Hong Kong, or supporting students to school in Malaysia – there’s something for everyone in today’s post, thanks to The Star and Education in Malaysia:

1. The Sauve Scholars program, supported by the McGill University in Canada, provides opportunities for highly-motivated scholars around the world to spend eight months in Montreal, Canada, to work and reflect on world issues and their role in world-changing, as well as develop leadership skills. As stated on their website:

SAUVE SCHOLARS is an opportunity for highly-motivated people, under thirty, of demonstrated leadership potential, to come to Montreal for eight months to research, reflect, question and enlarge upon their understanding of the state of the world and their roles in effecting positive change.

It will be fun, it will be challenging, to be in an intellectually stimulating environment, rich in human and physical resources. But without the pressures of exams, a job, deadlines and financial responsibility. With networks enriched and expanded, horizons sharpened and refocused, it will be a year of incredible personal growth.

The program includes all of McGill’s resources and courses open to the scholar; seminars with prominent people in the arts, business, academia, journalism, politics, and innovation; excursions to cultural and adventure hotspots in the US and Canada; and production and publication worldwide of material (text, photography, or video) related to the Sauve Scholars’ mission. Participants are also given a CDN$30,000 stipend to cover travel, tuition, housing, meals, and supplies, as well as covering costs for all excursions and trips.

Previous scholars, from 37 different countries, have come from the fields of journalism, business, social and community development, the arts, economics, and many more.

Application is open to those under 30 that have completed an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) but may not have necessarily completed an advanced degree. Personal statements, letters of recommendations, academic transcripts, published works or evidence of societal activities, and proof of leadership are required. Interviews are not mandatory but may be conducted.

Applications are due December 31st 2006 for a mid-August start. Applications and more information can be found at SauveScholars.Org.

2. The HSBC Young Entrepreneur Awards are inviting post-secondary school students from Asian countries to send in their business plans and demonstrate their creativity and business skills.

There are awards on the national and regional level, with winners of the Gold Award in the national level receiving up to RM10,000 in development funds, as well as a chance to compete with other Gold Award winners in the regional level in Hong Kong. Silver and Bronze Award winners will also receive funds and win a trip to Hong Kong.

The closing date is December 5th 2006 – not much time so hurry!

3. The Sri Jayanti Association in Sentul and Parkson Grand have come together for EduCare 2006, providing educational supplies to needy students around Malaysia.

Started in 2001 by the Venerable B. Saranankara Thero, the project’s aim is to help those with less income and/or are in unfortunate situations by donating school supplies such as bags, stationery, uniforms, and books to students irrespective of race and religion. These include students in government schools, hospitals, orphanages, and NGOs.

Interested people can drop off their donations to collection bins in Parkson malls nationwide (except Suria KLCC), or by purchasing school items through the Parkson Online Mall. Payment is accepted through Visa, Mastercard, or Maybank2U.

So whether you want to explore world issues and social change in greater detail, obtain international support for your budding business, or just want to make someone’s journey to school a little bit easier, there’s always some sort of opportunity out there. If you have any more leads or opportunities, please feel free to email them to me or just post them in comments.

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