S R NATHAN BURSARY (2012)
Former President of Singapore Mr S R Nathan was a man of the people. His empathy for the disadvantaged had its roots in his own youth. Born in 1924, Mr Nathan lost his father at the age of eight amid financial hardship. He fended for himself from the age of 16 and after World War II, joined the University with the help of a bursary provided by the Shell Group of Companies.
The S R Nathan Bursary is awarded to financially disadvantaged students studying at NUS UTown. The Bursary is supported by a gift from the S R Nathan Education Upliftment Fund — a S$10 million endowment fund established with the Community Foundation of Singapore to help needy students in Singapore achieve their full potential.
SAA-NUS ENREACH STUDY GRANT (2015)
SAA Architects (SAA), which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015, is among the top 10 architecture firms in Singapore. True to its “Building Dreams, Enriching Lives” philosophy, SAA celebrated its silver jubilee by giving back to society and supporting the education of local architecture students.
SAA and NUS jointly launched the SAA-NUS EnReach Study Grant for underprivileged students in their third-year and final-year of architectural studies. The Study Grant is awarded to four architecture undergraduate students annually.
SAW PHAIK HWA BURSARY (2012)
Ms Saw Phaik Hwa’s resume is lengthy and accomplished: it includes a decades-long stint at luxury retailer DFS Venture, where she rose to be Regional President; a decade as President and CEO of transport provider SMRT; and following that, three years as Group CEO of investment holding firm, Auric Pacific Group. This leadership potential emerged early in her NUS undergraduate days, where she served as Eusoff Hall President and graduated in 1978 with an Honours degree in Biochemistry.
Ms Saw is an ardent supporter of education. She made a gift towards this Bursary to help needy Year 2 students from the Faculty of Science, with a preference for Malaysian female students.
SAW SWEE HOCK BURSARY (2005)
Professor Saw Swee Hock is President’s Honorary Professor of Statistics and Professorial Fellow in ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. Apart from his outstanding academic activities, he is deeply involved in philanthropic work, especially in the area of tertiary education. This Bursary is meant to provide some financial relief to needy Singaporean students in their final year of study. From 2005 to 2015, twelve bursaries were awarded each year across all faculties and schools, and from 2016 the scheme was revised to offer three bursaries to Law students, three to Liberal Arts students, and three to Statistics students.
This Bursary for final year students is supported from a gift given to NUS by Professor Saw, and is named in honour of his generous contribution.
SHELL BURSARY (2002)
Energy conglomerate Shell plays a key role in helping to meet the world’s growing energy demand in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways. Among Singapore’s largest foreign investors, Shell employs more than 3,100 people here. It has earned a sterling reputation for its efforts in giving back to the society in which it operates.
The Shell Bursaries were established with support from Shell and are granted to full-time students of the Master of Science (Environmental Management) programme at SDE who are in need of financial support.
SHOOK LIN & BOK BURSARY(1989)
With close to a century of rich legal heritage in the Asian region, Shook Lin & Bok is one of Singapore’s leading law firms with an entrenched commitment to improving the social capital of communities. Inspired by the belief that serving the community provides invaluable opportunities to develop both personally and professionally, lawyers and partners of the Firm regularly offer pro bono services to members of their community.
The Bursary was established for the benefit of motivated and talented undergraduates at the Faculty of Law.
SILOSO BEACH RESORT BURSARY (2009)
Siloso Beach Resort was built with a commitment to environmental preservation. It has welcomed guests to its tranquil eco-resort premises on Sentosa Island since 2006. Constructed to preserve existing trees and other natural features, the resort features lush rainforest foliage and a spring-water landscape pool. Its green construction and active CSR programmes, such as its Eco Tour and Biodiversity.sg Portal, won it the President’s Award for the Environment in 2013. Beyond these, the Resort’s management aims to contribute to a future generation of talents through education.
This Bursary supports needy undergraduates at the NUS Business School.
SIN JEOK TONG BURSARY (2015)
The late Mr Sin Jeok Tong came from Malaysia to Singapore to receive his education and stayed on after Singapore’s separation from Malaysia. He became a school teacher in the early 1950s and continued teaching until his retirement. Mr Sin was a firm believer in education as a means of improving one’s quality of life.
Inspired by Mr Sin’s belief in education, his son, Mr Sin Boon Ann, made a gift to support financially needy NUS undergraduates. NUS established the Sin Jeok Tong Bursary with support from the gift.
SINGAPORE DENTAL ASSOCIATION BURSARY (2012)
The Singapore Dental Association (SDA) is the professional association of dentists dedicated to serving both the public and the profession of dentistry. The Association promotes the vocation of dentistry by enhancing its integrity and ethics, while strengthening the patient-dentist relationship.
The SDA also encourages the study in the field of dental science and supports one bursary for an undergraduate student each year at the Faculty of Dentistry. NUS established the Singapore Dental Association Bursary in honour of their gift.
SINGAPORE LEONG KHAY HUAY KUAN BURSARY(2015)
Clan members from the Singapore Leong Khay Huay Kuan Association trace their roots to China’s Leong Khay county in FuJian Province.
This Bursary is enabled by a gift from the Singapore Leong Khay Huay Kuan. Bursaries were established to provide financial support to students pursuing public full-time degree programmes at five Singapore universities, including the National University of Singapore. The Huay Kuan doubled its Education Trust Fund to $20 million in mid-June 2016 to help more needy students and extend its aid to include all Singaporeans, irrespective of race or Chinese dialect from 2017.
SINGAPORE LIONS CLUB BURSARY (2009)
The Lions Community Service Foundation was established to harness the fiscal resources generated by the Lions’ fundraising activities through its central organisation. This unites the organisation in its community service efforts and maximises the impact of its donations. Its Lions Education Fund was established in 2008 for the purpose of establishing scholarships, bursaries, book prizes, food and transport schemes to provide financial assistance to needy and deserving students. Its financial assistance covers schools and institutions at all levels of learning in Singapore, covering primary, secondary, junior colleges, ITE and other skill-training colleges, polytechnics as well as universities.
The Foundation made a gift to NUS to support financially disadvantaged students.
SINGAPORE MALAYALEE BURSARY(2015)
The Singapore Malayalee Association, formed in 1917, aims to promote and preserve Malayalee heritage and culture in Singapore through various communal sporting, social, cultural, intellectual and recreational activities. As part of Singapore Malayalee’s SG50 celebrations, together with other Singapore Malayalee organisations, the association raised funds to support a bursary for needy students at NUS.
In appreciation of their contributions, the Bursary was named the Singapore Malayalee Bursary. A preference is given to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents students from the Indian community.
SMA MEDICAL STUDENTS’ ASSISTANCE BURSARY (2007)
The Singapore Medical Association (SMA) and its 48th President, Dr Wong Chiang Yin, have established the SMA Medical Students’ Assistance Bursary Fund. Formed in 1959, the SMA represents the majority of the medical practitioners in both the public and private sectors.
The SMA initiated this Bursary to support financially disadvantaged students defray the cost of their basic living expenses. It supports up to 15 needy medical students who are Singaporeans or Singapore PRs annually.
SOC PAY-IT-FORWARD BURSARY (2013)
The SoC Pay-It-Forward Bursary was established by a group comprising five long-serving School of Computing faculty members and alumni. As they believe that “kindness begets kindness”, they came together in 2011 to contribute to the Bursary. By 2013, they had raised enough money to establish the Bursary and award two bursaries to full-time undergraduate students in need.
In 2014, in memory of her late brother Soh Chim Poh, Ms Wendy Soh pledged a generous gift towards the setting up of a bursary in his name.
In recognition of this additional gift towards the SoC Pay-It-Forward Bursary, sub-named bursaries were established. Future donors who contribute $25,000 or more towards this Bursary will also have the opportunity to establish a sub-named bursary. In 2015, in conjunction with the School’s 40th Anniversary fundraising efforts, another $140,000 was raised.
SOC PAY-IT-FORWARD – BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH BURSARY
Bank of America Merrill Lynch is one of the world’s largest financial institutions with a full range of financial products and services.
SOC PAY-IT-FORWARD – CHEN YEW NAH BURSARY
Ms Chen Yew Nah, an alumnus of NUS from the class of 1983, was the former managing director of DP Information Group.
SOC PAY-IT-FORWARD – LEE FOUNDATION BURSARY
The Lee Foundation is one of Singapore’s largest charitable foundations and was established by philanthropist Dr Lee Kong Chian.
SOC PAY-IT-FORWARD – QUANTEDGE FOUNDATION BURSARY
The Quantedge Foundation (Singapore) Ltd was established in 2015 to deliver impactful solutions to social challenges in Singapore. The Foundation made a gift to this Bursary to encourage students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds to strive for success in life and to give back to society when they are able to.
SOC PAY-IT-FORWARD – SOH CHIM POH BURSARY
The late Mr Soh Chim Poh worked at PUB for more than 30 years maintaining the department’s IT systems. This sub-named bursary is supported by a gift from his sister, Ms Wendy Soh Kim Poh, made in his memory.
SOC PAY-IT-FORWARD – TAY LIAN SANG BURSARY
Ms Tay Lian Sang, an alumnus of NUS from the class of 1983, is a partner with IBM Global Business Services.
SOH AH BAK MEMORIAL BURSARY(2015)
The late Mdm Soh Ah Bak was the beloved mother of Mr Peh Chin Hua, a former MP of Jalan Besar GRC. To honour her memory, Mr Peh launched a Chinese cookbook compiling her recipes. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook went towards the establishment of the Soh Ah Bak Memorial Bursary fund in the NUS Business School.
The Bursary supports financially needy NUS Business School undergraduates.
SONNY GAN CHEW KENG BURSARY (2014)
Armed with only a primary school education, Mr Sonny Gan Chew Keng was determined to shape his own destiny. He left the comfort of his father’s business to start his own company providing cleaning and maintenance services to visiting international ships. His business thrived and he became a generous benefactor to the less fortunate members of society.
The Bursary for students in need is supported by a gift from Ms Christine Gan, made in memory of her father who was also a doting grandfather to his grandchildren.
STRAITS TRADING – HOWE YOON CHONG BURSARY(2008)
Throughout his varied career, Mr Howe Yoon Chong served as a pillar of stability for Singapore’s tempestuous transition to independence. After rising through the civil service, he served briefly in politics, before putting his vast experience to work in private industry. For fifteen years, he was Chairman of The Straits Trading Company Limited, whose storied history began in 1887 with tin mining and smelting. Today, the firm has investments in real estate, hospitality and resources.
The Straits Trading Company Limited made a gift to support financially disadvantaged economics undergraduates in honour of its late Chairman.
STUDENTS WAR MEMORIAL BURSARY(1947)
During the Japanese shelling of Tan Tock Seng Hospital on 14 February 1947, the Honorary Secretary of the Medical College Union (predecessor of the Medical Society) was killed. Ten more students were killed when his funeral was interrupted by another round of shelling. The Students War Memorial Fund was established by the Medical College Union to commemorate these 11 medical students.
This Bursary extends financial aid to defray the living expenses of medical undergraduates from NUS Medicine and allows them to study without financial worries.
SUPER GALVANISING SINGAPORE BURSARY (2015)
For close to two decades, Super Galvanising’s techniques have protected steel-based projects against environmental corrosion. Led by Mr Quah Kim Chew, the firm has been recognised in the Enterprise 50 Awards for outstanding home-grown businesses, and is ISO 9001:2008, PSB-TUV ODS-free and BizSafe 4 certified. The company is committed to giving back to society with its corporate social responsibility programme called Flame of the Forest.
The Super Galvanising Singapore Bursary supports needy students at the NUS Business School.
SYLVIA GOH MEDICAL BURSARY (2009)
As a paediatrician, Dr Sylvia Goh (alumna 1954) was first introduced to foster care for abandoned and disadvantaged children in the 1960s while working at St Andrew’s Mission Hospital for Sick Children. Over the following four decades and beyond, she continued to volunteer and advocate for the fostering scheme. The grandmother of three was also conferred the Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports.
The Bursary supports needy undergraduate students from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.