The Kewalram Chanrai Scholarship at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yale-NUS College prioritises female students in a bid to empower and inspire them to be future leaders and entrepreneurs who will help to grow societies and economies of tomorrow. Three recipients, Callysta Thony, Alexia Davidson and Iwani Mawocha, tell their stories.
For Callysta, Class of 2019, the Kewalram Chanrai Scholarship gave her access to an education that she previously was not able to afford. She is motivated to do more with her time here and has competed in various sports, representing the school in the recent Inter-Faculty Games, placing 2nd in women’s soccer.
Social work is also an area of interest for Callysta. She first started The Pathway Project in 2013 to help high school students attain corporate internships and embarked on a venture with the Global Issues Network club in high school that had her going into nearby villages in Indonesia to teach English.
She says, ‘I plan to go back to Indonesia, so getting all these opportunities here, just learning from the people around me and being able to take these experiences back home will help me to do so much more’.
As for Alexia, Class of 2019, she says that, ‘Being in Yale-NUS, I have been presented with so many opportunities, especially when there isn’t much coming from a third world country, especially for females’.
Now, Alexia is part of Arts Lab, an experimental theatre group that hopes to present stories of disadvantaged women and minorities in the hopes of giving them a voice through the stage. Moreover, she is one of the pioneering female students in YNC Hacks, a student group that participates in Hackathons. Just recently, her team won first prize in the IdeasInc startathon. The club engages in computer science, an area of which she hopes to make as her major.
Iwani, Class of 2018, is also a major in Computer Science. She will be working in collaboration with ConnectHer, a non-profit that helps with mentorship, connecting female students here to other women coders and professionals, helping to facilitate coding courses throughout the semester. She is also the co-founder of Mustard Seed Africa, an organization that focuses on female development, helping to provide future opportunities for women by providing exposure and strengthening the female community.
In her free time, you can find her on the airwaves as she hosts for NUS Radio Pulze and makes videos for her YouTube channel (Pepper and Söl).
These ladies have taken advantage of the liberal arts program here, cultivating intuition, innovation and learning with critical and creative thinking. This is exactly what the Kewalram Chanrai Group hopes to achieve with the scholarship, by encouraging active learning and giving back to the community through generations.