Shubhangi Faujdar’s time at the National University of Singapore (NUS) stretched far beyond the confines of the classroom. The recent Engineering graduate, whose own education was partly funded by the NUS Bursary Fund, gives her time and money to help others receive an education both at her alma mater and as far afield as Kenya.
During her undergraduate years at NUS, Shubhangi was committed to helping the University raise funds for students in need of financial aid. “Having personally benefitted from the generosity of donors, I dedicated my time outside of the classroom to the Annual Giving Phonathon, which aims to engage alumni in supporting bursaries, scholarships and student programmes,” she says.
As the Engineering Commencement Class Champion in her final year at NUS, Shubhangi sought support from her peers to help their juniors who face financial difficulties. “NUS offered me the opportunity to be involved in challenging activities and come up with solutions to real-life issues. I value the diverse range of opportunities we had as undergraduates,” she adds.
Her belief in the far-reaching effects of education and her keen sense of service to society took her to Kenya in the summer of 2010, as a volunteer with youth organisation AIESEC, to help with issues such as HIV and microfinance. Determined to do more on this trip by giving someone the opportunity of an education, she “adopted” eight-year-old Jane. She now funds Jane’s school fees and daily living expenses.
“Helping someone by giving them the opportunity of getting an education is a long-term investment in that person’s future, and it gives them the tools they require to progress in life. To me, it is all about the spirit of giving, which emphasises one’s faith in the inherent goodness of human beings,” she says.
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