The Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, one of Singapore’s most respected institutions, is establishing the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Scholarship Programme at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. The scholarships will be awarded to needy Singaporean students who are pursuing the four-year Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) programme at the medical school.
Dr Ranga Krishnan, Duke-NUS’ Dean, said, “We are very grateful to be a recipient of the Temple’s generosity as the scholarships will go a long way towards helping our students fulfil their medical aspirations and make notable contributions to society.”
Some 30 percent of Duke-NUS students come from households with per capita income of less than S$1,000 per month.
Dr Tan Choon Kim, Chairman of the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, said, “The Temple shares the values behind Duke-NUS’ mission to transform medicine and to improve lives. The Scholarships affirm the principles and values behind our beliefs. In helping to develop promising medical students, the Temple will be able to bring comfort to the sick and suffering as there will be more medical doctors to serve Singapore’s growing population.”
The Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple has a long history of reaching out to the needy through their gifts to charities, medical and educational projects.
The Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple’s S$2 million endowed gift to Duke-NUS will receive a 1:1 matching grant from the Singapore government.