NUSAJAYA - A mechanical engineering student relied on his martial arts training to "kick and punch" his way into winning a prestigious Lloyd's Register Foundation (LRF) scholarship.
Kuala Lumpur-born Yap Jun Hou, 21, was among three engineering students and the first from the University of Southampton to receive the scholarship.
"My background in martial arts really helped me to stay focused and disciplined in my studies. I learned taekwando during my primary school days. I took up Wing Chun, the martial art made popular by Bruce Lee in college.
"After this, I plan to enrol in a Brazilian jujitsu class," he said after receiving the scholarship at the University of Southampton's Malaysia Campus in Educity here yesterday.
Yap said he felt honoured to be awarded the scholarship, which was not easy to get, adding that it would help ease the financial burden of his father, who is the family's sole breadwinner.
Lloyd's Register South Asia area manager Mark Daley, who handed out the scholarships, said the selection of recipients was based on both academic and extra-curricular activities.
"We want to provide support to help tomorrow's engineers redefine the industry through their ingenuity," he said.
University of Southampton Malaysia Campus' chief executive officer Prof John McBride said the scholarships would help students who had the aptitude and enthusiasm to maximise their potential as engineers.