SINGLE mother Peridah Osman, 57, learnt about the Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumi-putera scholarship via RTM and asked her daughter to apply via a website address.
Her daughter Nurul Azeera Salehuddin Haqe, a former student of SMK Permatang Tok Jaya in Seberang Prai duly applied for the scholarship.
On Saturday, the 17-year-old girl got good news when Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop visited her house to personally present the scholarship offer letter to her.
“I was surprised to be informed that I was selected for the scholarship. I am so proud and happy,” she told reporters at her house in Permatang Tok Gelam in Kepala Batas.
Nurul Azeera said she was so grateful to the Federal Government as all the expenses would be taken care of throughout her studies.
“I never thought I would be so lucky,” said Nurul Azeera who wants to be an officer with the Inland Revenue Board.
“It is going to ease my mother’s financial burden and I have to thank the board for their caring deed,’ she said.
Peridah became a single mother after her husband died in 2004 following a heart attack.
She said she sold food at a school canteen and also sewed clothes to bring up her seven children.
“I am so happy and I thank God for answering my prayers,” she said.
Nurul Azeera obtained 5As in the SPM. She will attend A-Level classes at College Mara Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.
Peridah added that two of her children are working and the rest are still studying.
Nurul Azeera was among the 21 recipients in the northern region chosen to receive the scholarship.
The others received their offer letters at the Program Jelajah Aspi-rasi — Zon Utara event held at the Hotel Seri Malaysia in Kepala Batas yesterday.
Nor Mohamed Yakcop, who is also the Tasek Gelugor MP, presented the letters to the recipients from Penang, Kedah, Perlis and Perak.
Also present were Sungai Dua assemblyman Datuk Jasmin Mo-hamad, YPPB chief executive officer Raja Azura Raja Mahayuddin and Bursa Malaysia chief executive offi-cer Datuk Tajuddin Atan.
Earlier in his speech, Nor Mohamed said the Government was concerned with the needy and would help them.