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Through the years, our Foundation has been featured in various media for the impact we have made in our community. 

Alice Smith Foundation’s First International Philanthropy Award

The Alice Smith School Foundation wrapped up the year on a high note with the CASE Circle of Excellence Award, having won a Bronze Award in the category of targeted campaigns and appeals (COVID-related) for the #BuildKindness - Support the Urban Poor fundraising campaign, benefitting Kechara Soup Kitchen Malaysia. Alice Smith is the only school to receive recognition in this category alongside reputable universities worldwide...Read more here.

Fulfilling the Dreams of a Malaysian Scholar

Article from The Star Online Newspaper, Sunday 02 August 2020

THANKS to the Alice Smith School Foundation Tertiary Study Grant, Malaysian student Zhi Yan Lee, 19, will now be able to pursue chemical engineering at Pembroke College, Cambridge University.

Zhi Yan, a Year 13 scholar in the Alice Smith School, is the first recipient of the tertiary study grant. 

The Alice Smith School Foundation, which was set up in November 2018, has allocated RM200,000 to fund part of Zhi Yan’s tertiary studies in Cambridge.

The foundation was established to support the philanthropic work of the school and further enhance its commitment to education in Malaysia.

Thrilled and surprised, Zhi Yan said, “My next important journey in life wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the generous donations. I’m truly humbled to be the first recipient of the Alice Smith School Foundation Tertiary Study Grant. I’m really grateful.”

Zhi Yan and his brother Zhi Wei Lee, 21, had previously received the full scholarships to study their sixth form A-Levels at the Alice Smith School.

The scholarship aims to benefit high achieving post-SPM Malaysian students with limited financial means and is received by students not enrolled in the school.

In being accepted into Cambridge University, Zhi Yan together with his brother Zhi Wei, who just completed his second year of studying Mathematics at Oxford University, have made history in the Alice Smith School as siblings who received sixth form scholarships and went on to be admitted into Oxbridge.

“It was our great hope that our foundation would be able to help fund the university fees for our scholars going on to be offered places at prestigious universities. We are delighted to be in this position in under two years, ” said former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi, who is the chairman of the foundation board.

Echoing Tun Zaki’s sentiments, council chair Marama Schnitker said Zhi Yan is a well-deserving candidate and merits to be the first recipient of the grant.

“We hope there are many more to follow. This will only be possible because of the generosity of donors who contribute to the foundation. Thank you to our donors for making this happen.”

Be Remarkable- Sustainability Fundraising Campaign

Article from The Star Online Newspaper, Thursday 07, 2019

THE Alice Smith School launched its Eco-Community Day with the presence of Selangor princess Tengku Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

Head of school Roger Schultz said the Eco-Community Day marked the start of the school’s journey of environmental stewardship.

The event kicked off with the launch of the “Be Remarkable Sustainability” campaign and “Green Thumb” project.

There was also an Inter-school Community Project launch with SMK Seri Kembangan principal Tee Poh Wah and Pintar Foundation, represented by its board of trustee Sabri Abdul Rahman.

In support of the school’s environmental stewardship, Kloth Cares fabric recycling bins were also placed in the school, one at each campus to encourage fabric recycling in the community.

A design competition was held in September to design the fabric recycling bins. Tengku Zatashah presented certificates to the students who won and unveiled the fabric bin for the secondary school’s campus.

The princess also planted a medium-sized merbau tree at the school’s foyer to signify the launch of Eco-Community Day.

In addition, there were talks presented by Free Tree Society president Baida Hercus, Deputy British High Commissioner David Thomas, Biji-biji Initiative and Me.reka chief executive officer Rashvin Pal Singh as well as sustainability advisor for Kloth Cares Najah Onn and Tengku Zatashah.

Tengku Zatashah said environment preservation efforts could start small and even with an individual.

“It does not have to be a whole school, it can be one person to initiate by stopping their single-use plastics habit and start cleaning up beaches.

The founder and advocate of #sayno2plastic and #zerofoodwaste campaign also commented about the bubble tea drinks trend which incurred a huge amount of plastics consumption.

“Feel free to have any drink you like but use your reusable cutlery or tumblers when you are buying it.

“I bring my tiffin carrier with me when I go out to eat and the fact that we implement this zero-waste practice makes us look good,” she said.

She added that it was in 2016 that she began reading a lot about single-use plastics and found out that Malaysia was the world’s eighth-worst plastic polluters and felt there should be greater awareness about this.

“My future hope is there will be more junior eco-warriors as young as 10 years old to be a part of my campaign to clean up Malaysia’s beautiful beaches.

“I believe everyone can take action and make a change for a better future,” she added.

No Gift is Too Small to Make a Difference

Article from The Star Online Newspaper, Friday 16 November 2018

THE Alice Smith School Foundation and new facilities were officially launched at The Alice Smith School (Secondary Campus).

School head Roger Schultz said, “The Alice Smith School is here to bring children up

to be the best of them and we are full of hope and optimism as the custodian of the future.

“Today, our new chapter begins, and we will continue to make a difference with the foundation,” he said.

Council chair Marama Schnitker added that the proverb “one generation plants the tree, another gets the shade” best describes the foundation.

“It is for young people in Malaysia in the days to come.

“The foundation is rich in transformative scopes, focusing on five areas — scholarships and bursaries, community, special educational projects, buildings and facilities and endowment,” Schnitker said.

Former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi, who was appointed as the foundation’s board chairman, said no gift was too small to be contributed.

“A family can spend RM1,000 for dinner in Kuala Lumpur, so it is not a problem to donate RM1,000 to the foundation,” he said.

He added that RM1,000 was nothing much but it would add so much more non-monetary value in the future.

“I am not eyeing getting RM1,000 per family, but on RM1mil which, when collectively brought in by 1,000 families, can make significant differences,” said Zaki.

The foundation’s launch also coincided with the opening of the new facilities where the Humanities, Library, Sixth Form and Indoor Sports Blocks were refurbished and extended at the campus.

Present to launch the new facilities was British High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell.

The area of the new facilities measured more than 6,000 sq m and they have been in use since August.

Engineer Jessie Lee, 46, was excited about the new facilities.

“The new facilities are incredible and amazing, the library can now serve more students in a holistic way. Besides, with the new facilities for sports, they can now expand after-school extracurricular activities for my kids,” Lee said.

David Ng, 52, said about the foundation, “As a parent, I think it is wonderful to help out the underprivileged children and channel profits back to the community.”

Through the foundation, people now can donate to the school for its financial costs.

Philanthropists will be awarded a Gold Star (for every RM10,000 donation), Silver Star (for every RM5,000 donation) and Bronze Star (for every RM1,000 donation).