As a teacher and school principal for many years, Mrs Tan Suan Imm (’61) believes that nothing is nobler and more satisfying than helping bright, young and deserving students get a jump-start in life through education.
She has accordingly over the years supported the National University of Singapore (NUS) Development Office’s Annual Giving campaign, which was launched in 2005 to engage alumni, faculty, staff and students and friends to seek their ongoing support for students. She has also contributed regularly to the Student Advancement Bursary Fund at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS).
Together with her husband, Dr Tan Thian Hwee (’62), who like her, was himself a bursary recipient, she has made a new gift to NUS to establish the Ng Peck Lian and Tan Teng Hian Scholarship, named after her late parents-in-law who always placed a high premium on education.
“My father-in-law was educated in Raffles Institution and worked as a clerk. My mother-in-law, a housewife, was a strong and remarkable woman who, through frugality and resourcefulness and great personal sacrifice, was able with my father-in-law’s modest income and support, to put all her six children – three elder daughters and three sons – through school. My husband feels strongly that what he and his siblings are today, they owe to their mother and father. It is fitting therefore that we should set up this scholarship in their names to honour them and their legacy to their progeny: a legacy of honesty, hard work and frugality, time honoured values of filial piety, a deep sense of responsibility and care for kith and kin and for the less fortunate and needy.”
Mrs Tan, who was conferred the NUS Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2009 and the FASS Inaugural Distinguished Arts and Social Sciences Award in 2015, spends her time helping NUS and FASS reach out to alumni to invite them to return to their alma mater to help build a culture of giving and philanthropy. She also tries to engage and connect friends whose generosity can make a difference in the lives of deserving students.
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