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!

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