The Annual Giving Appreciation Night 2017 brought together National University of Singapore (NUS) alumni, friends, and faculty and staff with NUS bursary and scholarship recipients for an evening of celebration and recognition.
The evening provided an opportunity for the NUS community to express gratitude to the selfless heroes who provide opportunities, through bursaries and scholarships, for financially needy and bright students to pursue their educational dreams, and for these altruistic individuals to meet the students whose lives they have transformed.
“Your generosity has made a difference to our students. Because of your support, their lives have taken a markedly different course. Our students are able to reap the benefits of the full range of academic and experiential programmes at NUS. They are able to attain their fullest potential, regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances,” shared Professor Tan Eng Chye (’85), Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost, who hosted the event held at the National University of Singapore Society (NUSS) Guild House on the NUS Kent Ridge campus on 31 August 2017.
One of the evening’s highlights was a sand art performance by renowned artist Ms Oscar Ng. She brought to life the story of bursary recipient, Mr Alvin Ting James, a third year student at the Faculty of Engineering. Alvin has faced many obstacles, from financial hardship to the long illness and tragic death of his father, the family breadwinner, whilst trying to realise his dream of studying at NUS.
“As challenging as each day may be, I feel fortunate to be able to continue with my learning journey because this represents the best chance I have to provide my family with a better life in future. The kindness you have shown also encourages us to give back to help those who are less fortunate. This is something I hope to do in future,” said Alvin.
Mr Lim Kay Teck, an alumni champion for the Faculty of Engineering Class of 1990, spoke for all the altruistic individuals who give to help others enjoy a tertiary education and urged fellow alumni to come forward to support new generations of students. “During our school days, we had classmates who struggled financially but, with a university education, they had more opportunities and this helped bring about a positive change for them and their families. As alumni, we can play a part in ensuring that these deserving young students are able to receive support so that they too can have access to some, if not all, of the opportunities that our children have. We might not raise millions of dollars, but the every effort counts. The only thing we need is to get started,” he explained.
The Provost also presented awards to the Faculties, Schools and Halls of Residence with the highest levels of participation in the Commencement Class Giving campaign,which encourages the graduating class of 2017 to make a gift to support future generations of students in financial need. The winners included the Faculty of Science, the School of Computing, Yale-NUS College and Eusoff Hall.
Awards were also presented to the student volunteers in their graduating year, also known as Commencement Class Champions, who with the support of faculty and staff, galvanised their peers to make gifts.
For information on the Annual Giving campaign, or making a gift to NUS, contact us at 1800-DEVELOP (1800-338-3567) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.