Unlock our youths' potential,
Unleash Malaysia's potential.
At the Tunku Abdul Rahman Foundation, we seek to uphold YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman's legacy—that Malaysia can only thrive by creating an equitable and diverse society that includes the voices and uplifts the lives of all.
To achieve this, we believe in unlocking the potential of youth in Malaysia, particularly those who come from underserved and underrepresented backgrounds, through higher education access, mentoring, scholarship, and development programmes.
We hope our youth will carry Tunku's unifying legacy
not only by becoming leaders of their lives
but also leaders of their communities and the nation.
The Tunku Abdul Rahman Foundation was established in 1966 by an Act of Parliament in honour of YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman. The Foundation initially began its work by granting education loans worth RM 20 million to support students as they pursue their studies. In 2006, the loans were replaced with the BTAR Tunku Abdul Rahman Scholarship: An undergraduate scholarship programme for high potential youth across Malaysia.
Since 2019, the Foundation has revamped its strategy by introducing a 2-year leadership development component to the BTAR scholarship. The Foundation also expanded its programmes by bringing in Closing The Gap, a higher education access mentoring programme for secondary school students, sponsoring youth on vocational programmes and introducing employability upskilling programmes such as FutureReady and Google Gemilang.
We believe in building a thriving, equitable and inclusive Malaysian society where every person is able to achieve the full potential of themselves and the nation.
We do this by empowering high-potential and deserving youths with the skills, resources, and resilience to shape better futures for themselves, their communities and Malaysia.
As a Foundation, we commit to delivering impactful programmes and amplifying our impact to as many deserving youths as possible. We also commit to ensuring good governance and transparency as a Foundation to preserve the trust of the public.
The Foundation is governed by an experienced Board of Trustees and audited by the National Audit Department. As a tax-exempt statutory body, the Foundation is also subjected to guidelines by Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri Malaysia (LHDNM) and its annual reports are presented to Parliament.
Our programmes are designed with one central goal in mind: to empower under-represented youths as leaders of themselves, their communities, and the nation. We support them to achieve this goal through 3 key milestones in young adulthood:
Transitioning to Higher Education:
We believe that higher education is a key enabler of social mobility. Our Closing The Gap programme aims to empower youths with the mindsets, skills and knowledge to navigate their higher education pathways after SPM.
Thriving in Higher Education:
Accessing higher education is one thing. Thriving in it is another. Our BTAR scholarship combines comprehensive financial assistance with a 2-year development programme to equip students with the values, leadership and skills to thrive in university and beyond.
Succeeding in Society:
Ultimately, we want our youths to attain personal success and contribute meaningfully as leaders in society. We do this by equipping them with leadership and employability skills through programmes like FutureReady and many more.
Our mission to shape a better Malaysia is only made possible by the continuous support of our corporate organisations and university partners. Since 2019, YTAR has worked with partners and supporters who share the same vision and mission of empowering Malaysians through their educational journeys.
We are always looking for more partners to expand our impact to more impactful youths. Speak to us about our programmes and explore how you could partner with us.
The Foundation is led by an exemplary Board of Trustees who are experts in their respective fields and are guiding the Foundation to empower young Malaysians in shaping a better future for themselves and for Malaysia.
As a statutory body, the Foundation is committed to providing full transparency as well as exhibiting accountability to the public. Annually, we publish our financial statements that are audited by Jabatan Audit Negara and an updated report of our work's impact.
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Together, we can empower and support a new generation of Malaysian leaders in shaping a better future for themselves and for all communities as a whole.
A sponsorship of RM120,000 allows a Tunku Scholar to achieve their educational dreams and contribute meaningfully to their communities.
Support a Scholar’s higher education journey or stretch your ringgit further by contributing to our endownment fund.
Accelerate the development of our Scholars by providing personal development, career and networking opportunities.