M’sian Student Awarded With The Oldest International Scholarship Programme In The World

Another fellow Malaysian has made the nation proud! Nurul Ezzaty Hasbullah, a student studying at the University of Pennsylvania has been awarded the reputable Rhodes Scholarship to pursue her studies at the University of Oxford.

New Straits Times (NST) reported Nurul Ezzaty, 23 years old will be continuing her Master’s in social data science followed by a Master’s in public policy, next year.

This is a huge deal! If you didn’t know, the Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest international scholarship programme in the world since 1903. It aims to develop future leaders through postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford and provides the scholarship holders with all expenses for up to four years.

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Congratulations to Penn’s newest Rhodes scholars, Nurul Ezzaty Binti Hasbullah and Stephen Damianos! Ezzaty, a College senior, is passionate about social impact and she has dedicated significant time and energy to reducing education inequality in Malaysia, while also participating in and organizing numerous international volunteering initiatives. Stephen, a 2019 graduate, has dedicated himself to the cause of empowering refugees and he is now studying the integration of refugees into formal labor markets and rights-based approaches to international development. Ezzaty and Stephen share a passion for engagement and embody the finest attributes of Penn scholars who are working to make a profound difference in the world. @rhodestrust @uofpenn @pennalumni #rhodesscholars @pennsas #rhodescholar @oxford_uni

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Nurul Ezzaty, who is from Kota Damansara is also one of the five students from Malaysia to only receive the prestigious scholarship to date. Woah, how impressive! According to the Rhodes Scholarship Trust, the scholars selected will be chosen from more than 60 countries around the world.

She told NST that winning the award was a surprise to her saying, “When I learnt that I was selected, I had to read the e-mail three times just to be sure. I started crying and I couldn’t even tell my parents because it was 2am in Malaysia.”

Congratulations Nurul Ezzaty, you’re an inspiration to youngsters everywhere!