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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.

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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. 

Our Vision

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.


Our Mission

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.

Our Values

The Foundation upholds the values of Honour, Leadership, Compassion, and Unity, drawing inspiration from the legacy of Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Vision & Mission

Our Commitment

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.

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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

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:



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. 

Create More Nation Builders.
With Us.

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.


Become A

A sponsorship of RM120,000 allows a Tunku Scholar to achieve their educational dreams and contribute meaningfully to their communities.

Make A

Support a Scholar’s higher education journey or stretch your ringgit further by contributing to our endownment fund.

With Us

Accelerate the development of our Scholars by providing personal development, career and networking opportunities.

Should you and/or your organisation be interested in partnership opportunities with the Foundation, you may speak to us here:

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