Ebenezer Jebamoney (FASS Class of ’76) has supported NUS’ Annual Giving Campaign since its inception in 2005 as she hopes to give a new generation of students the same fond memories of NUS as she has.
A Temasek Junior College teacher, she attributes her current career success to her education at the University of Singapore, one of NUS’ predecessor institutions, where she was awarded a scholarship in the final year of her Geography degree.
The S$1,800 scholarship covered her tuition fees and expenses and smoothed her way to becoming a teacher, a profession she was inspired to follow by her two older sisters.
As she also had to support her parents, the scholarship helped her to focus on her studies. Ebe, as she likes to be known, says: “You want to be able to stand on your own two feet and do something that would help ease their burden.”
Today, Ebe has been teaching at Temasek Junior College for 22 years and feels compelled to help students in need. She supports the NUS Annual Giving Campaign as well as other NUS causes. Annual Giving raises funds to provide scholarships and bursaries to students.
“Oh definitely my heart goes out to them!” she says. “Anything to restore their dignity and help them focus on their studies. That’s why I do it.”
But Ebe’s motivation to give to others does not stem from the material assistance she received. Ebe appreciates the special experiences she enjoyed as a student and the relationships she had with her teachers.
Her fondest memories include winning a Book Prize for being the top student in the English Language and Literature paper in her third year. She used the prize money to buy two of her favourite books, The Ascent of Man and War and Peace.
Other memories are of inspiring teachers like Professor Maurice Baker, Professor Edwin Thumboo and Dr John Humphrey, who showed a lot of concern for their students, readily providing help such as lending their books to students.
Ebe still recalls with heartfelt thanks the occasion when Professor Thumboo escorted her to the examination centre to personally vouch for her when she was accidentally omitted from the attendance list for an exam.
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