Yet another National University of Singapore (NUS) Commencement Class Giving record has been set this year, with Commencement Class Giving Champions raising more funds than ever before for the NUS Annual Giving campaign. Their hard work and achievements were honoured at the recent Commencement Class Giving Awards 2013.
The winners were announced by NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Professor Tan Eng Chye. For the second year running, the Department of Pharmacy at the Faculty of Science, and the Division of Industrial Design at the School of Design and Environment, scooped the Outstanding Achievement Awards for 100 percent participation rate in Commencement Class Giving. Kent Ridge Hall and King Edward VII Hall, winners of last year’s Halls of Residences category, both repeated their wins this year.
Pharmacy Commencement Class champion Joanne Chng, said, “This campaign was a challenge for everyone in the Class of 2013 as many a times we might get so caught up with work and overlook the needs of others who need them. As a healthcare professional, the spirit of giving plays a very crucial role and this campaign was an ultimate litmus test to see how far we can go to help our peers who are less fortunate.”
This year was also the first time that the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM) took part and they took home the “Best participation award” for a Faculty with less than 400 graduating people.
Tan Wei Boon, Associate Director (Admissions, Student Affairs and Alumni Relations), YSTCM, who encouraged the Music students to support this Campaign said, “As all admitted students are awarded full scholarships, most of our students understand the importance of giving back to NUS before they graduate and we are delighted at the improved results.”
Professor Tan said, “Commencement Class Giving – which we are here to celebrate – is an important part of the Annual Giving campaign. Commencement Class Giving is a meaningful tradition. It instills in our graduating students, who have experienced an NUS education, and are just stepping out into the larger world, the spirit of looking beyond oneself and one’s world, to the wider needs of society. Each generation helps and in turns inspires the next. It is most heartening to witness how Commencement Class Giving has been growing from strength to strength.”
Support from Annual Giving donors remains the primary source of funding for the bursaries that NUS awards to help needy students. Last year, because of the generosity of Annual Giving donors, NUS awarded some 2,400 bursaries. Bursaries lighten the financial strain of students in need; beneficiaries are able to take on less part-time work and can devote their time and energies to make the best of their time in University. Bursaries also help to lessen the debt burdens of our neediest students, so that upon graduation, they are able to contribute immediately to uplift the financial well-being of their families.
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