National University of Singapore (NUS) alumnus Dr Freddie Tan (’96), who graduated from the University’s School of Design and Environment (SDE), has recently made a gift to establish a bursary in the memory of his late grandfather, Mr Tan Chew Char. The Tan Chew Char Bursary will support financially disadvantaged students undertaking the Bachelor of Science (Project and Facilities Management) course at the Department of Building at SDE.
Mr Tan Chew Char was a prominent Chinese community leader in Singapore and China in the 1930s. He was passionate about giving back to society, and strongly believed in the Confucian saying that “what is taken from the community is to be used for the good of the community”. This way of life anchored his philanthropic commitment to Singapore and many of his philanthropic activities with his contemporaries from the 1920s have been documented in public sources.
Dr Tan shares, “The Confucian philosophy that my grandfather lived by was passed down within the family. It is this philosophy and my grandfather’s keen philanthropic spirit that inspire me to give. I feel that doing my part for the community is the right thing to do.”
On why he decided to set up a bursary, Dr Tan says, “I think it is important to give to education as education is an important pillar in the development of self, the society and the country. I hope that if there is a chance, recipients of this Bursary will also contribute back to society and help others.”
The Tan Chew Char Bursary will be awarded from Academic Year 2013/2014, to up to two deserving students per Academic Year.
This year, in tribute to the 90th birthday of Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, NUS will dedicate gifts and pledges recorded by the University from 1 January to 31 December 2013, with the consent of our donors, to honour Mr Lee Kuan Yew. In addition, NUS has set up the Lee Kuan Yew Endowed Fund which will go towards bursaries for financially needy undergraduate students.