He was drawn to the University by its vibrant atmosphere at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Open House, but Muhd Khair Saini’s first semester results at NUS left him far from high-spirited. “I was giving tuition to make ends meet and it took a toll on my results as I did not have enough time to study,” tells the Mechanical Engineering major. As the only one to be pursuing a degree among his cousins and siblings, Khair was devastated with his results and felt that he had let his family down.
Khair’s father is the sole breadwinner for their family of five. His younger brother is serving National Service, and his 14-year-old sister is in secondary school. With his siblings still dependent on their father, trying to finance his university education put the eldest son and his family in a tight spot. He knew he could not disappoint his family.
This Academic Year 2011/2012, Khair received one of the 12 annual Saw Swee Hock Bursaries awarded to final year students. The Bursary has helped him to cover expenses such as transportation, daily meals, text books and notes. He helps his family out as well. With the financial burden eased, the Final Year student no longer has to use all his spare time giving tuition to make ends meet. He has had more time to study, his grades have improved dramatically, and his new schedule allows him to spend time with his family too. “All these would not have been possible without the Bursary,” he shares.
“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Professor Saw Swee Hock for establishing this Bursary. I have a strong belief that one good turn deserves another and I am definitely inspired to contribute back to society,” the 24-year-old says.
Life is looking good for Khair now. With a major specialisation in Offshore, Oil & Gas Technology, he has been offered a position with Sembcorp Marine even before graduating. He also plans to study for a Masters in Business Administration degree.
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