Siblings Seah Ming Hoon and Seah Jie Han both received the Engineering Class of 1982 Bursary when they started studying at the Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS).
“I never thought that it would be a problem for my family until it hit me that my brother and I were starting university in the same year and tuition fees would be double the burden for my parents,” shares Ming Hoon, a Year 1 student in Industrial and System Engineering.
She started working very hard in junior college to avoid taking tuition classes, which would have meant additional costs for the family.
Her brother, Jie Han, acknowledges that the value of money was reinforced in the family in the early years.
“Since young, I was taught the importance of money in our daily lives. I feel responsible for understanding the financial situation of our family. When both my sister and I were enrolled into university in the same year, I saw how taxing it was on our parents. I was worried for every expense and was constantly thinking about whether I overspent on certain products, such as studying materials or groceries,” reminisces the Year 1 Mechanical Engineering student.
After receiving the Bursary, Jie Han did not have to supplement his pocket money with part -time jobs.
Both siblings are grateful for the financial relief the Bursary has provided, and it has given them hope that they can go on the Student Exchange Programme one day.
The Bursary was made possible thanks to the Class of ’82 coming together in 2010 and successfully raised more than S$330,000 for the Bursary fund for Engineering students. Alumni and friends have continued to contribute to this fund till today.
For Ming Hoon, she sees herself inspiring others one day just as she has been inspired.
“We all have a part in making the world a better place,” she says.
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