Dr Gregory Hii

SIBU: The 7th edition of Hii King Leng-Top Sports Star Award (HKL-TSS) and the HKL Sports Volunteer Extraordinaire Awards (HKL-SVE) are now open for application by student athletes and sports volunteers.

Award initiator Dr Gregory Hii Sui Cheng said the HKL-TSS award was for academic excellence with a unique characteristic – targeting top state sporting stars.

“To-date, more than 100 students have benefited from the award,” he said.

Hii is also hoping for more applicants from outside the central region such as Kuching, Miri and Bintulu.

“Entries from those outside the central region have been picking up and that is a good sign.

“For the last edition, we managed to get seven recipients from Miri while some outstanding student athletes from Sarikei and Meradong also got the award.

“Hopefully, we can continue to get good response from the outstation athletes to make the HKL-TSS award a truly Sarawakian affair.”

Hii said they had set aside 20 awards for the HKL-TSS each year.

“Beside the certificate, a successful candidate will get the RM600 cash award per year, for a period of two consecutive years.”

Hii said applicant must be a student registered in a Sarawak school or college, and must have represented the state at national-level championships at least once in the last two years.

They must have five credit passes in SPM or credit passes in all subjects for those who are assessed internally by their schools.

On top of that, the family income must not exceed RM50,000 a year.

In the event that there are more than 20 applicants, Hii said the committee would pick the top 20 for the HKL-TSS awards.

Meanwhile, Hii is also inviting entries for the HKL-SVE award.

“This is the third year we are giving the award for the best sports volunteer extraordinaire,” he added.

Hii said the sports volunteer extraordinaire award was to give recognition to outstanding sports personalities or volunteers who have contributed substantially and significantly towards the development of sports in Sarawak.

He said they could include managers, coaches, leaders or even financiers who had been running the organisations and working tirelessly behind the scene.

Application forms may be downloaded from http//hklsportscholarship.blogspot.com.

They should reach HKL Sports Stars Selection Committee, c/o Delta Leasing, at No. 16, Ground Floor, Tuanku Osman Road by June 15.