From a very young age, National University of Singapore (NUS) alumnus Andrew Ong (’13) enjoyed assembling and flying remote controlled aircraft. Now that he has graduated, the Global Merit Scholar, who holds a Private Pilot’s Licence (restricted), is excited about fulfilling his childhood dream of joining the aviation sector.
Andrew, who joined NUS from a Polytechnic, says, “NUS offers a very established Mechanical Engineering degree with a long running Aeronautical Engineering Specialisation programme which I was greatly interested in. With good feedback from seniors and lecturers, I did not have to think twice about joining NUS as a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate.”
Andrew credits the Global Merit Scholarship for not only enabling him to study at NUS without having to burden his parents, but also to experience residential college life and enjoy the many different activities that NUS offers. Andrew is interested in swimming, golf and scuba diving, and went on two overseas dive trips with the NUS dive club.
“I felt fortunate and blessed to receive the Global Merit Scholarship. Given that I took the unconventional route and came from a Polytechnic, I felt that NUS was extremely just when it came to their scholarship selection process. It is something that I will always appreciate and be grateful for.
“Receiving the Scholarship allowed me to appreciate that there are generous people who have made these opportunities possible for me. It would have been more difficult if I had to work part-time to finance the cost of the university fees. The Scholarship also provided me with many opportunities to interact with other Scholars from various faculties through the NUS Scholars Community. It opened many channels of communication between students of different specialities, allowing me to form extensive networks,” Andrew says.
Having benefited from the Global Merit Scholarship, Andrew is keenly aware of how such a gift can impact a life. “There are others who would greatly benefit from it. It allows the students to further their education with the best opportunities and to fully develop their potential,” he says.
To attract the most talented Singaporean students to NUS, the University is committed to increasing the number of NUS Scholarships, such as the Global Merit Scholarship, with support from the philanthropic community. To encourage gifts to NUS Scholarships, the University is supplementing all gifts to NUS Scholarships. This is in addition to the 1:1.5 matching that gifts to NUS receive from the government.