Scholarships

More than Just an Education

Beyond just a privileged education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) scholarship is also committed to your holistic development. The belief in providing scholars with a supportive environment and a wealth of opportunities are cornerstones of MFA’s scholarship programmes.

By Cheryl Tay

A scholarship with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) leads to a career as Foreign Service Officers. This may seem prestigious and glamorous to most, with opportunities to travel and meet important people, representing Singapore at the global arena. While the work of safeguarding and advancing Singapore’s interest is challenging, the learning curve is steep and the work demanding. However, our scholars will never find themselves on their own; MFA grooms its scholars with a comprehensive slew of development programmes that will help them be ready for future challenges. Support and encouragement are also never far away.

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Housing The Future

In land-scarce Singapore, accommodating the ever-increasing population within the boundaries of our geographical constraints is a daunting task. But HDB scholar Gwee Cai Lin is up to the challenge.

By Eugene Lim

From the 32nd storey of HDB Hub in Toa Payoh, one has a stunning view of Singapore's landscape, adorned with harmonious clusters of HDB flats reaching toward the skies. Within a brief span of two generations, the Republic, from her humble background of squatters and slums, has developed into a vibrant metropolis with a large majority of her citizens owning their homes. The Housing & Development Board (HDB) is a key organisation behind this exceptional transformation.

A new addition to the HDB team which tackles the challenge of meeting the housing needs and aspirations of Singapore's steadily expanding population, is Gwee Cai Lin. Fuelled by a passion for environmental issues, Cai Lin opted to study Environmental Engineering in NUS, a relatively new course at that time.

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Daily Doses of Dynamism

A scholarship with IE Singapore brought one scholar to Germany, exposed him to overseas markets, and welcomed him into a dynamic organisation that makes overseas growth of Singapore-based companies its core business.

By Cheryl Lim

In 2001, 19-year-old Jonathan Kam made the bold decision of taking up an overseas scholarship to study Chemical Engineering in a non-English speaking country – Germany. The prospect of an overseas education was less daunting with the support he received from his sponsor organisation, IE Singapore (then known as the Singapore Trade Development Board).

“Going to a non-English speaking country like Germany, France, Japan, or China is still not the first choice for most scholars, who usually prefer the US or UK. I have always wanted to pick up another language, so when IE Singapore asked if I would consider non-English speaking countries, I chose Germany and IE Singapore sponsored my studies all the way through to a master’s degree.” says the Chemical Engineering graduate from the Technical University of Munich.

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Powered Up For The Future

Ambitious, earnest and raring to contribute to Singapore’s development? Look no further than the Energy Market Authority – the organisation that makes power its business.

By Casandra Wong

If you ask Tan Teck Hao to complete a difficult task, you can expect to see excellent results. As this motivated and dedicated high-achiever puts it, “When given the responsibility to do something, I’ll do it well.”

With a ‘never-say-die’ attitude inculcated in him, Teck Hao beat seven other shortlisted candidates during the final interview, to clinch the Firefly Undergraduate Scholarship with the Energy Market Authority (EMA), a Statutory Board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Teck Hao is currently in his first year of scholarship course, studying Bachelor of Science (Economics and Statistics) with the University College London (University of London), United Kingdom. He will graduate in the year 2012.

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Making a Difference

Who says you can’t make a difference while doing something you like? Here are two who found ways to turn their passion for helping others into a fulfilling career through MCYS and NCSS.

By Roland Tan

It may not seem like much, but it was a book called “One Child” by Torey Hayden that sparked off 21-year-old Annie Cheong’s interest in social work. That book tells the story of a teacher who gave hope to emotionally traumatised children through her perseverance and dedication.

Having read that book in her secondary school days, Annie has been active in social services, starting off as a volunteer before deciding to be part of the professionals in the social service sector. She took her commitment to help the less fortunate one step further after her GCE ‘A’ levels at National Junior College by applying for the VWOs - Charities Capability Fund (VCF) Social Service Scholarship offered by National Council of Social Service (NCSS). “I’ve always wanted to do social work. It was easy to decide as there are very few scholarships that offered such an opportunity,” quips the VCF Scholar, who is currently in her third year of studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

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A Rewarding Road

One LTA scholar shares his zeal for contributing to the improvement of Singapore's transport system.

By Lim Yan Wen

As a child, Ho Chin Ning had always been fascinated with the notion of transport. “I always wondered who determines the duration for the green man to appear and change, and now I know it's my colleagues at the Land Transport Authority (LTA),” says the 26-year-old.

Chin Ning's deep curiosity for all things related to transport turned out to be a major driving force behind his career choice. After being selected for the LTA scholarship, the Raffles Junior College alumnus proceeded to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University, followed by a Master of Science in Transportation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the space of four years.

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Do More, Learn More

Before you shudder upon hearing the word 'taxation', hear what two scholars from IRAS have to say about the organisation – it definitely offers more than just taxing work!

By Lim Yan Wen

If your knowledge about taxation is limited to the Benjamin Franklin quote “In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes”, it might come as a pleasant surprise that there is much more to the business of taxation in a modern economy such as Singapore's.

Just ask Accountancy graduate Linda Cheng. The 23-year-old, who graduated from the Nanyang Business School in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), chose the course based on advice from her cousins. “I have cousins who are auditors and they suggested that I could try this field, and I do not regret my choice,” the Raffles Junior College alumnus says.

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Secure Retirement, Stable Finances

Conceptualising policies, strategic planning and affecting lives – these are all in a day’s work for CPF Board scholar Mr Desmond Chew.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

Every month, 34.5% of an employee’s salary is saved in their Central Provident Fund (CPF) account, from which they can withdraw from the age of 55. This retirement savings scheme has been allowing workers to seamlessly transit into retirement with financial stability.

Before the CPF Board was set up in 1955, Singaporean citizens did not have a mandatory savings scheme, putting the nation in the vulnerable position of possibly turning into a welfare state. Now, the much familiar CPF scheme has been developed to become the backbone of Singapore’s healthcare, housing and retirement systems, and is a key instrument for overall national growth.

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A Challenging Career

One scholar attests how an EDB career has given him a diverse and challenging work experience.

By Joyce Lin

If there’s one thing an education in Engineering can give you, it’s being able to understand things better and gaining a strong foundation in analysis and logic, says Mr Ralph Foong, 33, Head of Transport Engineering at Economic Development Board (EDB).

After the ‘A’ levels, Ralph took up the EDB scholarship to further his studies in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and completed his master’s degree at University of California, Berkeley.

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Wiring Up the Nation

Set to take the infocomm world by storm are National Infocomm Scholars Yew Siong and Pamela, who will soon embark on exciting careers with Microsoft Singapore and Barclays Capital.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

Attracting foreign investments, sustaining long-term growth, and enhancing global competitiveness – these are just a few of the ambitious aims of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). With its global perspective, IDA is regularly on the lookout for the future leaders of Singapore’s infocomm industry – scholars who will not only be the best at what they do, but also have a passion for it.

Enter Lim Yew Siong and Pamela Chua, recipients of the National Infocomm Scholarship (NIS) offered by IDA and current undergraduates in Stanford University and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) respectively.

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