Annual Giving gives thanks to those who help students
National University of Singapore (NUS) donors, students, friends, faculty and staff gathered for the Annual Giving Appreciation Dinner held to recognise and thank the many individuals who selflessly give their time and money to make a difference to the lives of students.
“Bursaries are often a lifeline for students in financial need. For this segment of society, a university education is all the more treasured, as it is often a social leveller and a means to a better life ahead, for the individual, and for their families. Whatever support we can provide at this critical and defining stage of their lives, will have a lasting impact,” said Professor Tan Eng Chye, Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost, in his welcome address.
The impact of making a gift to the Annual Giving campaign was brought to life by bursary recipient and class champion, Ms Nurdiyanah Bte Eksan. She shared how the NUS Bursary she received has allowed her to pursue her education at NUS despite the financial strain her family is under and her mother’s medical condition.
“I was unable to do anything to help my mother with her medical bills or to ensure she receives the medical help she needs. Given such a situation, receiving a university education became more of an unattainable dream for me. Thankful for the bursary and allowances I received, I was able to obtain and complete my education at NUS without putting additional financial stress on my family,” she said.
Having first-hand experience of the life-changing impact of the benevolence of others, and appreciative of her NUS education, Nurdiyanah volunteered as a class champion in her final year. “I thought to myself how wonderful it would be if I could end my last lap in NUS with a meaningful note and be able to contribute back to the school that has taught me the knowledge and skills I need in work and life,” she shared.
Mr Daniel Lo, an NUS alum and former recipient of financial aid, who today is an active fundraiser for the University, echoed her sentiments. He explained, “I come from a humble background…Fortunately for me, I still made it to university with my part-time tuition income and a S$600 bursary from NUS. From my experience, education served as a springboard in providing me with opportunities to realise my career goals, and provide me with prospects to climb up the corporate ladder and achieve a reasonable standard of living for my family.”
The Dinner also featured an awards ceremony to honour Faculties, Hall of Residences and class champions for their hard work and commitment to Commencement Class Giving – an annual programme where graduating classes comes together to raise funds for future generations of students in financial need.
The Annual Giving campaign brings together the NUS community in support of a variety of initiatives that enhance the educational experience of NUS students – from financial aid to exchange programmes to new resources. To find out more, or to make a gift, click here.