Tuesday, September 18, 2012

BBGSians Will Carry On Miss Cooke's Legacy of Kindness to Needy Students...

In honour of our former BBGS headmistress, the late Miss Elena M. Cooke, the BBGS OGA would like to continue the good work of Miss Cooke whose heart was always for needy students wishing to further their education.

In fact, Miss Cooke's original ambition was to become a medical doctor and to establish an orphanage where the marginalised can enjoy first-class education.

However, she had to give up this dream when she realised that God was calling her to devote her life to making BBGS a school par excellence.

Today, BBGS OGA wants to fulfil Miss Cooke's unfulfilled dream by extending scholarships to needy students to pursue Sixth Form. The BBGS OGA has set up a company limited by guarantee, BBGS Alumni Berhad, to specially handle the Elena Cooke Education Fund.

Kindly help us distribute the attached Scholarship Application Form to needy students, especially those from charity homes or orphanages.

Nisi Dominus Frustra.

Click here to download the Scholarship Application Form

PS: Please note that this Scholarship Application is strictly for Sixth Form (STPM) studies. All the particulars submitted by applicants must be true and accurate. The scholarship awards rest upon the discretion of BBGS Alumni Berhad whose decision is final.

Click here to download the Preamble

For more information, kindly email the Selection Team at bbgs.ecef@gmail.com


Kindness Begets Kindness...

Here is a real story (posted on BBGS OGA Facebook) about how a BBGSian was touched by Miss Cooke's generosity...


One day, after school, Miss Elena M Cooke walked past a classroom and noticed a lone BBGSian sitting at her desk, looking dejected.

Miss Cooke stopped by and asked: "Dear, why are you looking so sad?"

The student explained that she had applied for a Government scholarship but she was only awarded a partial subsidy. She wanted so much to do well in her Form Five exam in order to qualify for Form Six. Miss Cooke encouraged her not to give up hope.

Next morning, the student was "summoned" to Miss Cooke's office. Smiling, Miss Cooke handed her an envelope and asked her to open it. In it were a cash cheque for RM300 and a letter stating that the student DID NOT NEED TO RETURN THE MONEY but, when successful, she should "HELP OTHERS IN NEED".

Fourteen years later, this same student returned to her alma mater and asked the then headmistress Miss Yeap if there were BBGSians who needed financial help. She donated RM1,000 to three sisters who were orphans.

Till today, this student has never forgotten Miss Cooke's kindness. She is always looking for ways to return her headmistress' kindness. No wonder, she immediately donated RM5,000 when she heard about the Elena Cooke Education Fund!

Elena Cooke Education Fund - Preamble

After the closure of the Bukit Bintang Girls’ School (BBGS) in 2000, BBGS Alumni Berhad was incorporated (on 16th July 2010) to run the Elena Cooke Education Fund. The Elena Cooke Education Fund honours the dream of Miss Elena M Cooke, headmistress of BBGS from 1958 to 1977, which was to provide underprivileged children, especially orphans, with an opportunity to obtain a good education beyond Form 5. 

The Bukit Bintang Girls’ School, fondly known as BBGS, was a pioneer in women’s education that began in 1893 with a tradition steeped in excellence, discipline and godliness. It was founded by God-fearing pioneers who travelled all the way from the United Kingdom in order to provide education to girls from poor families living around Bukit Bintang Road in Kuala Lumpur. Through the years, BBGS promoted values of integrity, honesty, discipline, determination, devotion to duty and God, and a caring heart to ensure that its students became responsible members of society who would in turn uphold the values that were the foundation of the school.

As a result of the love, dedication and sense of purpose of its principals and teachers, BBGS over the years turned out many successful women in various fields who are determined to ensure that the values they learned in school are reflected in their daily lives. So it was in the spirit of the ideals propagated by the school that the BBGS Old Girls’ Association proposed the establishment of the Elena Cooke Education Fund, in the hope of promoting to others the good old-fashioned values that they learned in school, while at the same time allowing deserving underprivileged children an opportunity to continue their studies.

Purpose of the Fund
The Elena Cooke Education Fund aims to help underprivileged children, especially orphans, obtain a good education beyond Form 5 – be it Form 6, A-levels, local college or university. Therefore, it aims to provide funding for higher education in the form of:
  • Full scholarships
  • Partial scholarships

What does the Scholarship Cover?
According to the Selection Committee’s discretion, the funding can be in the form of full or partial scholarships.  Expenses for books, accommodation and other living costs will also be considered if necessary.

Who is Eligible for the Fund?
Application is open to all deserving Malaysians under the age of 25 hoping to continue their higher education.  Orphanages or homes for underprivileged children can recommend their deserving students for the scholarships.  Students who come from families with one or both parents, but who have been prevented from pursuing higher education by poverty or lack of opportunity, can also apply.  Eligibility criteria include a good track record and academic results.  Selection will be based on a combination of factors such as recommendation from homes/orphanages, trial results and interviews.

How is the Elena Cooke Education Fund Run?
The BBGS Old Girls’ Association proposed the setting up of BBGS Alumni Berhad as a company limited by guarantee to oversee and manage the Elena Cooke Education Fund.  BBGS Alumni Berhad is run by a Board of Directors, all selected on the basis of their integrity, good repute and standing in society.  A separate Selection Committee will go through all the scholarship applications and select and interview the deserving students before recommending to the Board of Directors their selections.

Scholarship and Bursary Policy
The primary objectives of the Elena Cooke Education Fund are to promote and enhance educational opportunities by providing assistance to needy Malaysian students who meet the criteria established above.  In accordance with this objective, the BBGS Alumni Berhad will serve to:
  • carry out activities, together with the Old Girls’ Association, to raise money for the Elena Cooke Education Fund.
  • solicit funds for and manage the Elena Cooke Education Fund in accordance with its M&A
  • maintain proper books/accounts of funds raised in the name of the Elena Cooke Education Fund, and ensure disbursement of the funds in accordance with established guidelines.

Applying for the Scholarship
All interested Malaysians who satisfy the criteria are invited to apply.  Successful selection will depend upon receipt of all the necessary documents.