The Lee Kong Chian Graduate Scholars at the National University of Singapore (NUS) are chosen for their community consciousness. Living true to this ethos, a group of three scholars have spearheaded the 100 x 50 campaign to establish an emergency fund for graduate students in financial difficulty at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS).
The three students are Sandeep Ray, Felicia Low and Gulizar Haciyakupoglu. At present, all seven of the Lee Kong Chian Graduate Scholarship (LKCGS) recipients in NUS are from FASS. The Scholarship was established in honour of prominent businessman and philanthropist, Lee Kong Chian. As such, one of the criteria for recipients of this Scholarship is that they must demonstrate service to the community.
Felicia, who is doing her PhD in Cultural Studies in Asia, says, “There are many circumstances that may place a student in financially challenging situations – the sudden illness or death of a parent, sudden illness faced by the student, an urgent need for funds to return home for foreign students and so on.”
History PhD student Sandeep adds, “Our aim is simple but hopefully not too ambitious: 100 FASS graduate students contributing S$50 each to raise a total of S$5,000.”
Gifts from FASS alumni, faculty, staff and graduate students have helped the 100 x 50 campaign reach its initial target of S$5,000. However, the team is hoping for more support in order for the Fund to sustain itself beyond this campaign.
For more information on this fund or to make a contribution, click here.