29 Feb 2012
Leaping towards Success
Aadel Bin Mohamad Khidir is one lucky leap-year baby.
The bundle of joy of Mr and Mrs Mohamad Khidir burst into the world at 12:57am on 29 February 2012 at Mount Alvernia Hospital, Singapore.
Weighing 3.4kg, little Aadel is the second child of Mr Mohamad Khidir Bin Abdul Rahman and his wife, Fadhiilah Binte Ismail. His proud parents said they plan to celebrate their leap year baby's future birthdays by holding two days of celebrations every year.
Mother Fadhiilah Binte Ismail said, “It's totally unplanned but we are very grateful, and we
feel that it makes our baby unique.”
MDIS has awarded a S$30,000 scholarship to this first leap-year baby of 2012. Sponsored by the MDIS Education Trust Fund, the scholarship covers the full course fees of any bachelor’s degree programme jointly offered by MDIS and its university partners. Aadel may choose to undertake his bachelor’s degree programme at any MDIS campuses located in Singapore, Iskandar (Malaysia) or Tashkent (Uzbekistan).
Said Ms Tan Gek Khim, Senior Director of MDIS, “This is the third time MDIS is giving the scholarship to a leap-year baby to emphasize our strong belief in lifelong learning. We believe that education is the best gift for any child. We hope that the assurance of a secured scholarship would not only provide some form of financial relief for the family, but also an incentive for the child to excel in his studies.”
Little Aadel will be awarded the scholarship at the time of enrolment. Besides meeting the entry requirements for a particular degree programme, he must register for the course before reaching 30 years of age before March 1, 2042. If the scholarship is not secured before the stipulated time, the offer will lapse. The MDIS leap year baby scholarship is open to all nationalities and races.
MDIS awarded its first leap-year baby scholarship to Tim Shee Zhe Guang in 2004 and the second leap-year baby scholarship was awarded to Adam Jamal Clark in 2008.