“To us, this is more of a responsibility and not an obligation,” shares Ms Rebekah Lin, Director (Business Development) of private equity investment firm Tembusu Partners, in relation to the scholarship and bursary the company has established at Tembusu College at NUS University Town.
“We strongly believe that education is extremely important in developing young minds. It was completely coincidental that Tembusu College was built around the time we were thinking about our gift – and we found complete alignment as the Tembusu tree is known for its longevity, deep roots and steadiness,” she explains.
Through the Tembusu Partners Scholarship and the Tembusu Partners Bursary, the company aims to give students the chance to fulfil their potential, both inside and outside the classroom. Ms Lin says, “We hope that the students will have a balanced education – not just learning academically, but loving to learn as a whole. Hopefully with this financial burden factor off their shoulders, they can focus on learning effectively.
“I hope that they develop into individuals with social awareness. These are dark times and it’s up to the next generation to bring hope, light and love into their communities.”
Murni Marisa Bte Mahat, a third year Political Science major, embodies the values Tembusu Partners aspires to nurture in the recipients of their gift. “The Tembusu Partners Scholarship has provided me with meaningful opportunities as I stay on for a third year in Tembusu College. More than just a financial benefit, this Scholarship has been the driving force for me to give back to my community and to continue harnessing my potential as a leader and active member of the College,” she explains.