Scholarships

Building People to Build for People

A company like CapitaLand needs no introduction. With a heart as big as its burgeoning enterprise, CapitaLand attracts the brightest of local undergraduates.

By Eugene Lim

ION Orchard is not just a sprawling complex that is the latest crown jewel among Singapore’s shopping malls; it is also one of the latest tourist attractions in Singapore with flocks of tourists swamping it daily. And it is of little wonder why they want a piece of one of Singapore's largest shopping malls. After all, the mall is in many ways analogous to our country. Strategically situated at the start of the Orchard shopping belt, this young development has already become a formidable architectural and commercial landmark, embodying the prosperity of our nation.

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Putting Meaning into Buildings

JTC Corporation is a leading provider of industrial real estate solutions and services that also invests in grooming talents. JTC scholars Cindy and Christine share with us what working in JTC is like.

By Lim Yan Wen

Engineering and Business may seem like two fairly unrelated disciplines, but right from the beginning, Cindy Chong knew that she wanted to be well-versed in both areas. The JTC scholar, who joined the corporation in 2008, decided after her 'A' levels that she wanted to pursue an undergraduate degree in Engineering, followed by a master’s in business.

“Right from the start, I knew my future career would be in a business-related area. I chose to do engineering because it would train my mind to think more analytically, and subsequently this skill would complement my master’s in business well,” says the 24-year-old.

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Prizes of the Enterprise

At IE Singapore, the world is your oyster. Besides leaving your footprints all over the globe, you are also responsible for forging and maintaining crucial ties between major international business partners and Singapore-based companies.

By Eugene Lim

“Change is the only constant,” says International Enterprise (IE) Singapore scholar Jocelyn Cai. Having been exposed to various roles in IE Singapore over the past four-and-a-half years, Jocelyn has fully grasped the meaning of this phrase. Initially posted to electronics and precision engineering division after her graduation from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, the 27-year-old has progressed to become the Senior Manager of International Operations, Americas where she oversaw all industries within the Americas.

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Woman on a Mission

From mechanical engineering to media to infocomms, one scholar is able to straddle various fields and push her boundaries at EDB.

By Joyce Lin

Mechanical Engineering may be a male-dominated field with its heavy machinery and complex concepts. However, 30-year-old Eugenie Lam knew from a young age that this was her passion, having grown up in her family’s jewellery manufacturing factory in Singapore.

Recounting how her childhood experience influenced her choice of major, Eugenie says, “I actually spent my childhood playing with tools and tinkering around with hammers, drills and wax models. You would think that it would be an unglamorous thing for a girl to do, but I actually found the workshop one of the most exciting features of my Mechanical Engineering education.”

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Engineering the Right Career

With a plethora of engineering scholarships to choose from, two ST Engineering scholars tell us what exactly it is that attracts them to their employers.

By Tang Pin-Ji

As a child, Lim Wen Rong enjoyed peering under his father’s van to check out the various linkages, engines and transmissions. Little did he think that he would, someday, be working on those things and more in his job as an engineer.

Like many boys, 26-year-old Wen Rong had a fascination for aircraft from a young age. The ST Engineering scholarship holder currently works on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) at ST Aerospace.

He says, “Aeronautics and astronautics represent the forefront of technology. I chose ST Engineering as they’re not just about research and prototyping, but it also makes products that people actually use. It’s also an engineering firm with both defence and commercial businesses and so if you look at the breadth and depth of the company as a whole, it’s a really great choice to be a part of.”

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Sembcorp: Expanding your Global Opportunities

From energy production to rig-building to waste-to-resource development, Sembcorp Industries has something to offer for everyone.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

Meet Valerie Lee, a scholar currently working at Sembcorp Cogen, under Sembcorp Utilities at Jurong Island.

While you might not think twice about hurling bags of garbage down the rubbish chute, this 23-year-old has an acute awareness of the work that goes into waste disposal. This understanding was gained not only through her current work, but also through an eight-week internship with Sembcorp Environment which she had completed as part of the scholarship’s requirements.

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“Steeling” the Spotlight

At NSH, simply being awarded a scholarship is not the extent of your achievements. Instead, scholars are given opportunities to propel themselves to success.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

When NatSteel Scholar Chong Pek Hoong joined NatSteel Holdings (NSH) as a fresh graduate nine years ago, he had straightforward aspirations.

“My aspirations before joining NatSteel were to be a good engineer, and learn about the business,” he says. “Of course, I was hoping that I would be able to handle management responsibilities and have an opportunity to be a business leader in the organisation.”

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Making Waves in MPA

The large selection of vocations in MPA guarantees a fulfilling career for every professional, from fleet managers to maritime policy-makers. Two employees share more about their journeys in the organisation.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

With the maritime industry being one of the economic pillars of Singapore’s growth, it is only natural for employees working in this sector to hold their jobs in the highest regard. The large selection of vocations available at the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) guarantees a fulfilling career for professionals such as Shen Wanling and Farrah Mohammad Fadil.

Both Wanling and Farrah expressed great satisfaction with their respective lengths of stay in MPA. Wanling joined MPA in 2009 as a Policy Analyst in the Policy Division after graduating with First-class honours from Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Farrah has already worked in several departments within MPA since joining the organisation in 2005.

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Journey Of A Lifetime

Working for the Keppel Group has given scholar Lu Qimin the opportunity of a lifetime to build lasting relationships and play a part in Singapore’s maritime industry.

By Eugene Lim

“The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.” For 26-year-old Lu Qimin, this adage certainly holds much truth. “My dad is an electrician and my brother is an electrical engineer. So, I would say it runs in my family,” explains Qimin of his decision to read Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University.

Having studied Electrical Engineering at Ngee Ann Polytechnic earlier, he graduated with a diploma with merit and was presented the Singapore Power Award in recognition of his overall second placing in his cohort. In addition, he was also a recipient of the LKY-STEP Award presented to outstanding polytechnic graduates.

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The Blueprint for Success

The DSTA Scholarship can lead to enriching academic and career opportunities. We speak to an undergraduate and an engineer to find out how the scholarship has changed their lives for the better.

By Kevin Lim

Jevon Tan and Ho Cheeng Tse are two extraordinary individuals. Jevon is ranked second in his cohort. This achievement is even more remarkable given the fact that lessons and examinations are conducted in French. Cheeng Tse, on the other hand, was awarded University Honours for graduating within the top 3 percent of her faculty, also known informally as the “Bronze Tablet”, as her name has been cast in bronze and is now proudly displayed alongside her alma mater’s top alumni.

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