First Year School of Design and Environment (SDE) student Chen Meifeng is drawing up great plans for the future. But the older daughter from a single-income household knew that turning these plans into reality would not be easy.
She says, “The course involves a lot of travelling and exploring to improve creative thinking. It also requires a lot of craft supplies and additional course material which add costs to basic school fees.”
To help her cope, Meifeng applied for and received the SDE Bursary. The SDE Bursary was established in 2007 with gifts from alumni collected during the SDE’s reunion dinner and exhibition in 2005. It is awarded to students at SDE who face financial hardship.
In addition to helping Meifeng afford course materials, the Bursary allowed her to go on a field trip to Thailand where she and her course mates documented the urban fabric and cityscape of Bangkok as well as the living conditions of historical slums. Meifeng can now also travel around Singapore with ease to study architectural sites.
She says, “If not for the Bursary, I would have had to cut back on my materials, and would not have been able to experiment and develop my ideas thoroughly. Now, I can make the most of University and be the best that I can be.”
Meifeng hopes to work in a big architectural firm after graduation to gain experience and exposure.
She also says, “I would like to give back to NUS someday too. I want to give the future batch of students the opportunity that I have been given and am grateful for.”
Meifeng’s plans to build a bright future are on track.
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