The National University of Singapore (NUS) has established a bursary in honour of Mr Ong Pang Boon, one of the architects of modern Singapore, who was instrumental in setting Singapore on the path of bilingualism. The Ong Pang Boon Bursary was announced at an Appreciation Lunch hosted by NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan. President S R Nathan, NUS Chancellor, was the Guest of Honour at the event, which was attended by donors and friends of NUS.
The Ong Pang Boon Bursary was set up thanks to the effort and dedication of Mr Ong’s friends and colleagues, who wanted to recognise his contribution to Singapore. Mr Ong served as Minister for Home Affairs, for Education, for Labour, and for the Environment. The Bursary fund, a fitting tribute to Mr Ong’s enduring passion for education and his commitment to helping the less privileged, has received contributions of S$2.28 million so far. Together with the matching government grant, it will form an endowment that will benefit up to 20 undergraduate students every year from across the University.
Speaking at the Appreciation Lunch, NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said, “Mr Ong’s story is inextricably linked to the history of modern Singapore. Thank you, Mr Ong for allowing us the honour of recognising your achievements by bestowing your name on a bursary fund at our University. We are very proud that an alumnus of our University has reached such great heights of achievement in terms of service to country and society, and as a leader and individual. You stand out as a beacon and inspiration for all of us, particularly our students.”
Professor Tan also thanked alumni and friends for their philanthropic support, which provides financial assistance and enriched learning opportunities for NUS students. He said, “Last year, gifts to NUS helped to fund nearly 2,000 bursary awards to our students. The Ong Pang Boon Bursary will continue that tradition and commitment to ensure that no deserving student is denied an opportunity of studying at NUS due to financial difficulties.”
In his speech, Mr Ong said, “I am deeply honoured to have a bursary fund named after me, but more importantly, I am very happy that this fund will be an additional source of funding for the less privileged undergraduates at NUS.”
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