Joan Poh, Second Year Nursing student and avid dragon-boater, understands the importance of being financially independent. Brought up in a single-parent family with two siblings, Joan believes in looking after herself. Before she joined the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Joan, who was a polytechnic student, signed a bond with Tan Tock Seng Hospital which provided her with a monthly allowance.
Now, it is the NUS Bursary that is giving Joan the financial independence she needs to study at NUS. The NUS Bursary is established with gifts from alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of NUS through the Annual Giving programme.
Joan, who is the vice-captain of the National Women’s Dragon Boat team, says, “The Bursary has given me the opportunity to pursue what is important to me without causing a huge financial burden to my family.”
Joan is committed to helping others, which is why she chose to study nursing. She saw it as an avenue that allowed her to give back to society. Joan also believes in being a well-rounded person.
Despite working at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, the dragon-boater still made time to don the national colours at prestigious competitions such as the Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010.
Joan says, “The Bursary has not just allowed me to study, but will help mould who I become at the end of my course of studies. To have a well-balanced life, spending time on the things I need, like my family and friends, doing the things I want, like getting my degree, and having time for the sport I love, Dragon Boating.”
She adds, “If not for the Bursary, I would not have had the courage to come to NUS as it would have been too much of a burden for my family.”