Hence, in 2017, he set up his own social enterprise Project Ed to help students to pursue their tertiary education dreams.Project Ed is actually led by students, and as a registered NGO, they strive to tackle education inequality by empowering underprivileged students.Generally, to get a scholarship, they have to be top of their class or excel in co-curriculum or sports, which isn’t an easy feat.
Even with PTPTN and other loans, it won’t cover the entire tuition fee and in the end, the loanee will be saddled with debt after graduating.
Thus, for students who aren’t privileged or lucky enough to have the funds to pursue tertiary education, the only option they have is through scholarships.
Sepanjang berlangsungnya program VLDP ini, beberapa badan korporat dan agensi kewangan telah terlibat dalam memberikan pendedahan berguna buat semua mahasiswa yang terlibat dalam VLDP ini.
Antara yang terlibat ialah, SP Setia, Bursa Malaysia, Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN), Agensi Kaunseling Dan Pengurusan Kredit (AKPK) dan Petrosains.
We have successfully raised more than RM20,000 and are looking forward to reach our goal of RM100,000 by next year,” added Nelson.
However, Nelson doesn’t have it easy as he is still studying in the UK while managing Project Ed which is based in Malaysia.To date, they have more than 50 contributors who are contributing monthly but they are looking to increase their contributor base by opening up the opportunity to everyone, ranging from students, parents, teachers and the public who believe in their vision.As for the selection process of the scholarship programme, contributors will be able to take part in the nomination and selection process too.One thing that Nelson specifically points out is that their scholarship is different from the rest as they look for students who are eager for knowledge, not necessarily those that are the top in the class or achieving full A’s.As long as you’re a student studying in a Malaysian public university (IPTA), it won’t matter what course or discipline you’re studying as it’s all accepted.Since its establishment, Project Ed has provided funds for three students at local public universities.“Through these three scholarships provided, we have given out more than RM12,000 to assist the students to pursue their tertiary education dreams.We also have our bi-weekly meeting to discuss on our goals and updates.From this challenge, I believe that creating a system which tracks every members’ progress is undeniably helpful in managing Project Ed,” he explained.“Selected students will be interviewed and successful applicants will receive the scholarships.The amount of scholarships given varies and depends on the fund available,” he explained.