After the father of National University of Singapore (NUS) undergraduate, Chan Keng Li, was retrenched in 2000, the family’s finances were put under a lot of strain. Keng Li and his sister only had a dollar a day for their pocket money allowance, and uniforms were to last them the entire duration of their schooling.
The Year 2 student at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) was facing the prospect of having to miss out on a University education, when he was awarded the NUS Alumni Bursary.
“My parents could not afford my school fees and I knew that I would not be able to do it on my own without any financial assistance. I was faced with the predicament of potentially missing out on crossing the final hurdle in my education journey after all the years of hard work.”
Keng Li is putting the Bursary to good use by purchasing textbooks as well as paying for his meals and transport.
NUS has provided many opportunities for Keng Li to develop his potential and expand his horizons. At NUS, he has participated in inter-faculty games representing FASS in handball and volunteered as a leader for the freshman orientation programmes and camps. Last year, he even went on an overseas community trip to Bago City in the Philippines, to help furnish a local high school with a new computer library and to equip the students with basic computer skills.
“My time in NUS has been very much fruitful and I intend to make good use of my time while I am here. I am sure the rest of the days ahead will be even more exciting with many new experiences!” he enthuses.
Having benefitted from the Bursary, Keng Li hopes that he will be able to take part in more projects which will help to further the cause of giving to NUS.
“Essentially, it is the generosity of our donors who are able to put many students through school, and we must continue to keep this spirit of giving strong and alive, especially in each batch of graduating students and alumni. Being a recipient of this gift, I hope that my sharing of how much help it has been to me, would continue to inspire many to follow the lead of our philanthropic donors,” he says.
The undergraduate hopes to fulfil his dreams of going on the Student Exchange Programme with partner universities in Germany or Canada as they offer courses complementary to his major. He also hopes to join the financial sector, and specialise in wealth and asset management after he graduates.
*Keng Li is committed to help raise awareness for philanthropy at NUS. He has appeared in a philanthropy video produced by the NUS Development Office.
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