Studying overseas has always been a dream for Second Year National University of Singapore (NUS) student, Ebel Lam. Yet, when Ebel received an offer to go on the Student Exchange Programme (SEP) to study at Newcastle University in the UK, she was in a dilemma.
“The Student Exchange Programme was a rare opportunity for me that I might not otherwise get again in my lifetime. Even though I really wanted to go for the programme, I was worried about the financial burden I would place on my family,” Ebel explains. She is currently majoring in Geography at the NUS Faculty of Arts Social Sciences.
Thankfully for Ebel, the Yap Kim Kiaw Bursary has helped to alleviate her worries and, together with strong encouragement from her family and relatives, she was able to pursue her dreams of studying at Newcastle University for five months. “I had the best time of my life. It was a huge relief to be awarded the Bursary. I am so grateful for that,” she adds.
Ebel credits the Yap Kim Kiaw Bursary for enriching her university experience and making it a holistic one. The Yap Kim Kiaw Bursary was established in 2011 as Madam Yap wanted to give back to NUS, the University which has stood her late husband and three children in good stead. The Bursary has been awarded to needy undergraduate students across Faculties since Academic Year 2012/13.
On receiving the Bursary, Ebel says, “I am incredibly thankful for the Yap Kim Kiaw Bursary which has helped many needy students in NUS. The Bursary has enabled me to participate in the Student Exchange Programme and finance part of my expenses. I learnt important life lessons during the Programme.”
Ebel values highly the experiences she had during the Programme, including the many people she met from different walks of life. She shares, “People can be so inspiring. I have also learnt how to appreciate the simple things in life on a day-to-day basis.”
Having benefitted from the Bursary, Ebel hopes to reciprocate this gift by sharing her story. “I hope that my story will be able to inspire other students to pursue what they really want. Money should not be a factor that stops a person from achieving what they want and regardless of financial means, everyone should be given an opportunity to do as their heart desires. I am thankful for the people who have made things possible for us,” she says.
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