Moganpriya D/O Gunasegaran has always wanted to become a doctor so she could help others. She has just completed her first year at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSoM). But Priya, as she is better known by friends and family, may have never pursued medicine without receiving help herself, from the Lee Choon Seng Memorial Bursary.
She says, “The hefty tuition fees to study medicine would have been too huge a burden on my family otherwise.”
The Lee Choon Seng Memorial Bursary was established with a generous donation from the family of the late President of the Singapore Buddhist Federation, Mr Lee Choon Seng. It is awarded to medical students facing financial hardship.
Priya says, “Receiving the bursary has helped my family breathe a little easier. I can now afford textbooks and transport. These may seem trivial to others, but my family has to carefully plan how to spend every single penny.”
Priya comes from a home of six. She lives with her parents, sister, aunt and grandmother. Priya’s father is a petrol kiosk attendant and her mother is a clerical officer. She credits her academic success to her family’s never-ending support and care.
She says, “The person who plays the pivotal role is my grandmother, who constantly encourages me to study. My parents ask me to take breaks when necessary. Without my elder sister, physics would have been my nemesis, and my aunt whips up delicious food on those long school days.”
With her own situation improving, Priya looks forward to a bright future ahead and plans to help others beyond her profession.
She says, “I will certainly give back to NUS. I know the hardship of being a poor student.”
She adds, “I also know the relief one feels when someone, neither related by blood nor obliged to give, is willing to help without any strings attached.”