Amirul, 19, wins top RBAF scholarship

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A 19-YEAR-OLD who was recently appointed as Office Cadet for the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) was awarded the Supreme Commander of the RBAF Scholarship award in a brief ceremony yesterday morning.

Held at the Officers' Mess at Bolkiah Garrison, OCdt Amirul Adini Hj Amir Abas, together with his parents inked the scholarship agreement with Defence Permanent Secretary II Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Majid Mangarshah.

Following the signing, the official handover of OCdt Amirul Adini's scholarship was presented to him by the Deputy Minister of Defence Pehin Datu Singamanteri Col (Rtd) Dato Seri Paduka Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar.

A former student at Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College, the scholarship recipient was offered by the Ministry of Defence to further his studies in Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College in the United Kingdom in 2007.

Studying Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics at the college, the recipient managed to score excellent results by achieving high distinctions.

The 47th scholarship recipient will be continuing his education at the prestigious Imperial College London, one of the top three universities in the United Kingdom, according to the Times Guide.

Once there, OCdt Amirul Adini will be pursuing a degree in Materials Engineering and Management for four years. Upon completion in 2013, he will continue with the Officer Cadet Training.

To date, MinDef have awarded the scholarship to 47 recipients, while there are 13 recipients for the RBAF scholarships.

Introduced in 2005, the Supreme Commander of the RBAF scholarship is awarded to students who manages to obtain outstanding results for the Brunei Religious Studies certificate (STPUB), GCE O levels and A levels.

With the scholarship, recipients can expect a sterling education at some of the best and most renowned universities and colleges abroad.

The scholars will be put through a systematic grooming process which continues throughout the span of their careers.

Aside from excellent academic abilities, recipients must also have sound personal qualities and character, strong leadership potential, a passion to make a difference as well as a commitment to serve as a future leader.

The recipients will eventually pursue careers either as civilians or military officers in MinDef or RBAF where they will not only act as leaders but also as managers and planners.(SHR1)

The Brunei Times