Mrs Lim Joo Hock (née Yap Kim Kiaw) makes a gift to NUS to help deserving students avail of the education that stood her husband and her three children in good stead.
The year was 1952. The young Mrs Lim Joo Hock stood proudly next to her husband for his graduation photograph at the University of Malaya’s Bukit Timah campus. (The University of Malaya was the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) predecessor institution.) Almost 60 years later, Mr Lim Joo Hock is no more, but Mrs. Lim is still committed to another longstanding relationship – that with NUS, where her husband studied as did her three children.
Mrs Lim (née Yap Kim Kiaw) recently made a gift to NUS for bursaries to help deserving students avail of an NUS education that stood her husband and her three children in such good stead. Mr Lim, a senior civil servant, was Chairman of the CPF Board from 1961 to 1963 before he set up his own law practice. Her daughter is a dental graduate; her son, a medical graduate; and her youngest daughter, an accountancy graduate of the NUS. The Yap Kim Kiaw Bursary will be open to students across the University. The amount of the Bursary fund has also been kept flexible to changes in University fees.
Mrs Lim, a self-effacing lady, who is more than happy to shine the spotlight on others than on herself, lives a quiet life surrounded by rows of family photographs, many of them featuring NUS events and professors. The University has been a part of the couple’s life for more than half a century. When Mr Lim was alive, the couple were frequent visitors on campus and the Lims have made two previous named gifts to the University– the Lim Hong Chin Memorial Scholarship and the Lim Joo Hock Bursary – as well as other gifts.
Like her husband, education is a cause that is close to Mrs Lim’s heart. A primary school teacher for more than 20 years, Mrs Lim believes in being a life-long learner. She obviously practises what she preaches as at the age of 60, she took up horse riding and Chinese painting. She started swimming at the age of 65.
She says, “Education is all-important. Financial difficulties should not stop a student from getting a good education. As a teacher, I taught many bright kids from humble families. Where you come from does not matter. I wanted to help such students.”
The slim cheongsam-clad young woman of the black-and-white photograph is now a an eighty-eight year old grandmother with a crown of silver-white hair, but some things remain the same – her cheerful smile and her belief in helping students with the gift of an NUS education. Thanks to philanthropy such as this, last year, NUS awarded nearly 2,000 bursaries and more than 1,500 scholarships at the University and Faculty level.
To know more about making a gift to NUS, please contact Ms Ho Yuen Kwan on 6516 5755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.