While studying as an Engineering student at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Rapheal Low received help from his seniors at the Faculty through the Engineering Class of 1982 Bursary. It was a welcome relief for the Year 3 student.
“In my family of four, both my parents have to work to manage the financial load better. Most of our expenses are mainly on food and the education of both my brother and I. Even though we are not well off, my parents were determined to provide a good education for us,” Rapheal shares.
To cope with the rising expenses, Rapheal switched from a private tutor to a tuition centre and started helping out with his younger brother’s school work, to his parents’ relief.
“They were happy that I received this Bursary to cover my school fees and expenses. They were also reassured that the University is able to provide financial help for my choice of study,” reveals Rapheal, who was able to cut down on doing part time work so as to focus more on his studies.
Rapheal will have the opportunity to go for a short overseas programme at Hanyang University in Seoul and hopes to become a materials science engineer one day.
Having an aptitude for teaching and being familiar with the how tuition fees can be financially taxing, Rapheal does volunteer work by giving free tuition to less well-off primary school children on a weekly basis.
“Parents of these families are often not English educated and thus face difficulties in helping with their children’s studies. The kids can definitely benefit from tuition,” Rapheal explains.
Rapheal has met some of the alumni who contributed to the Engineering Class of 1982 Bursary at events organised by the University. He is touched by how successful alumni continue to engage with their alma mater and are genuinely concerned about how current students are coping with the education system today.
“I see how my seniors not only enjoy reunion events with their classmates, but they also talk about how they can do more for their juniors and for society. I am thankful and inspired.”