The Building and Estate Management Alumni (BEMA) Bursary was set up in 2013 with a donation of S$100,000 from BEMA for needy undergraduates from NUS Department of Building (DOB) and Department of Real Estate (DRE) whose families have experienced unexpected changes financially. Each bursary is valued at S$5000. To date, BEMA Bursary has helped four undergraduates – two from PFM and two from DRE.
One of the beneficiaries, Ms Goh Qinyu, a Year 3 DRE student is grateful for the timely assistance. “My mum has been struggling with poor health since an accident in 2006, and things took a sharp turn for the worse in 2016. The bursary came as a lifeline, as I could relieve my family of my education fees, with more to spare for my mum’s treatment.”
On 31 August 2017, BEMA makes an additional S$100,000 donation to NUS to top-up the BEMA Bursary, and presented the cheque to the two Heads of Department. “It is heartening to know that the donation from BEMA has made a difference and an impact to young lives with a bright future before them. In our giving, we hope that undergraduates who have benefited will pay it forward in future and make the community a better place for all, especially for the needy and vulnerable”, said Dr Teo Ho Pin (’85), President of BEMA.