Fair & Lovely, for the third year now, continues to invest in the potential of young women, to enable them to carve their future through education. Scholarships worth RM200,000 were awarded to 40 women undergraduates in local public universities through the Fair & Lovely Scholarship 2018. The scholarship programme was initiated as part of Fair & Lovely’s brand promise to encourage women to have the confidence to pursue their dreams and enjoy a brighter future through education.
This year, Fair & Lovely took a step further to establish a virtual community for these 40 recipients. The platform is to encourage these young women to interact within the community and obtain latest updates from Unilever Malaysia on available opportunities. Through the virtual community platform, Fair & Lovely is developing a program that connects students with the industry and gives them access to world-class Unilever programs. Workshops on interview skills and career sharing sessions on leadership roles for women will be provided by Unilever Malaysia’s female leaders.
For the first time, the students will also be fast-tracked for industrial placements within Unilever Malaysia. Recipients who apply for the internship placement will have an added advantage as they will be prioritised for the screening process.
“At Fair & Lovely, we believe that education, confidence and self-belief are essential to empower women and positively impact society. By creating pathways through the scholarship, career guidance and internship opportunities, we want these young women to be ready to pursue their dreams and take control of their destiny,” said Lin Meiyi, Brand Manager of Fair & Lovely, Unilever (Malaysia) Holdings Sdn. Bhd, at the ceremony today.
This year, the Fair & Lovely Scholarship 2018 was open to seven public universities whereby 40 students who obtained the highest votes were awarded the scholarships. A total of 20,100 applications were received, compared to last year’s 12,044. Since 2016, the Fair & Lovely Scholarship has helped 80 young women undergraduates.
At the scholarship presentation ceremony, the 40 young women were given RM5,000 each as funding to assist with necessities such as tuition fees and books for their tertiary education. The 40 students shortlisted were from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (KUIS), Universiti Malaya (UM), Kolej Universiti Poly-Tech Mara (KUPTM), Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK). Their requirements were a minimum of 3.0 GPA apart from being actively involved in co-curricular activities.
More than just a beauty brand, Fair & Lovely is also a brand that shares the philosophy of encouraging women to achieve their dreams and carving out their own destiny by empowering them with inner strength and confidence. Present at the event, professional speaker, Wawa Idris conducted a personal development and grooming workshop to further boost the students’ confidence.
One of the scholarship recipients quoted, “I am so thankful to be one chosen to win the Fair & Lovely Scholarship this year! I am glad that with this scholarship, I will be able to focus on my studies as I would not need to work part time to fund my studies for the upcoming semester.
Thanks to Fair & Lovely, I am excited to know that all scholarship recipients will have career and leadership opportunities through industrial placements with Unilever Malaysia. This will make me more confident when the time comes for me to attend job interviews and eventually start my career!”
At the event, Fair & Lovely’s brand ambassador Daiyan Trisha emphasised the importance of education and confidence in achieving one’s dreams, “I believe education is the most important and powerful tool you can receive, that can bring you most success. The more knowledge you gain, the more opportunities will open up to allow you to achieve better possibilities in career and personal growth.”
“The Fair & Lovely Scholarship programme supports young women to pursue their education and empowers them to be confident, and this coincides with my belief and I couldn’t be more proud and grateful to be part of this initiative for the third year running. I am truly excited to be able to continue inspiring the lives of young women out there,” added Daiyan.
About Fair & Lovely
Developed in 1975, Fair & Lovely is dedicated to offering women even-toned fairer looking skin that is natural and safe. Fair & Lovely stepped foot in Malaysia in 1993, since then the brand is committed to transforming and inspiring the lives of Malaysian women through self-confidence. Today, 250 million consumers across the globe strongly connect with Fair & Lovely as a brand that stands for “beauty that empowers a woman to carve out her future”.
About Fair & Lovely Scholarship
Fair & Lovely Scholarship was set up in 2003 with a focus on enhancing women’s access to higher education and employment. The scholarship is currently active in 5 countries; India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and Egypt. Fair & Lovely Scholarship was established in Malaysia in 2016 and the Scholarship’s mission is to empower 5 million women across Asia and Africa by the year 2020, with skills to become self-reliant.
Brand disclaimer: *References to Fair & Lovely in this article pre-dates the brand’s name change to Glow & Lovely in 2020.
Foundation disclaimer: * References to the Fair & Lovely Foundation in this article pre-dates the brand’s name change to Glow & Lovely in 2020. The Foundation’s new name is ‘Glow & Lovely Careers’.