“A Class Gift is special because the sum of it is more than what each of us can give,” says National University of Singapore (NUS) alumnus and donor Dr Francis Seow (’81). The Class of ’81 has raised more than S$130,000 for the MBBS Class of ’81 Student Bursary. Similar acts of generosity and camaraderie are seen across NUS Faculties as cohorts come together to make gifts to their alma mater.
For example, there’s the Class of ’72 Student Bursary Fund. The first NUS Class Gift to surpass S$1 million, it has received contributions from more than 170 donors and has benefited 160 students in the last six years. There’s the Faculty of Dentistry’s (FOD) Class of ’71 Scholarship. Set up in 1993, it has been awarded to 14 undergraduate students. The Bennett Lam Scholarship Fund, set up by the Faculty of Law’s Class of ’86 to honour a classmate who went missing at sea, has awarded 32 scholarships. And recently FOD’s Class of ’81 raised $180,000 at a symposium cum fundraiser for the Class of ’81 Bursary Fund.
Juliana Lim (’72) echoes Dr Seow’s sentiments when she says, “Being one of the donors in a Class Gift enabled me to commemorate my father’s life affordably and help students.” Ms Lim, an alumna of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, made a gift in her father’s memory as a part of the Class of ’72 Student Bursary Fund.
At the heart of Class Gifts lie strong friendships and warm memories of University days. Talking about what he treasures most from his days at NUS, Dr Seow mentions the “deep and abiding friendships forged” and the MBBS degree without which, he says, “I would not be the person I am today”. The message resonates with Dr Eugene Tang (FOD, ’81) who remembers the long-lasting friendships he made during his time at NUS’ King Edward VII Hall, and Ms Lim talks about the “solid friends” she’s had for more than 40 years, with whom she heads out for “regular makan sessions, singalongs and community projects”. As Dr Seow puts it, “A Class Gift is special as it does not just help the recipients; it helps people give as each one encourages the others.”
With that in mind, these alumni are giving back to a new generation, so their juniors may have what they enjoyed and more. Dr Seow says, “We have benefited from NUS and successful alumni should give so that others may also succeed. This is the cycle of life that keeps us human and the human race successful.” His advice for the recipients of the Bursary is, “Do your best while at NUS so that you can be the best you can afterwards. And after you have succeeded, give back so that others can succeed too.” Ms Lim says, “In your studies and career, do the best you can for yourself, then try to make a difference to the community and pass on the goodness you received.”
For more information on making a gift to NUS, please call Ms Ho Yuen Kwan at 6516 5755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org