Scholarships

Building the future

The BCA is more than just about construction, as Tan Wee Kwang finds out in his role to help shape a better built environment for the future.

By Joyce Lin

Most people would be put off by the three “Ds” of the building and construction industry – “dirty”, “dangerous” and “demanding” – but not Tan Wee Kwang. The 28-year-old Senior Executive Engineer at the Building & Construction Authority (BCA) currently works in the Transit Shelter Engineering Department which regulates the planning, design and construction of Civil Defence MRT shelter stations in Singapore.

So the next time you pass by these MRT stations, such as those in the Northeast Line and Circle Line, everything from the environmental control system to the drainage system have been certified as good to go, thanks in part to Wee Kwang’s dedication to his job.

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More Than A Vet

From food safety and animal health to emergency planning, AVA is the best option for anyone with an interest in the multifaceted scope of veterinary science.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

Most people would think that a degree in Veterinary Science can only be utilised in a clinical practice. However, the establishment of the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) in April 2000 has given vet science students more options.

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A Cultural Experience

The FIREfly scholarship has opened many doors for Yvonne, one of which is the chance to attain her university education in Japan.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

Japan is known for its vibrant tourism landscape, attracting over eight million foreign visitors annually. This is just one of the reasons why the chance to observe firsthand the high hospitality standards in this Asian country is so appealing. For Yvonne Sim, the choice to pursue her tertiary education in this distinctive location has been made possible through the FIREfly scholarship.

Amongst the six different agencies offering scholarships under the FIREfly Scholarship Programme, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) stood out as the best option for the chatty and friendly 21-year-old.

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In Service of the People

After studying and working in the US, Japan and China to broaden his horizons, PSC scholar Eugene Lim returns with a vast spectrum of knowledge and experience to serve the public.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) has been a cause for celebration for many Singaporeans, seeing how this inaugural event is set to be held locally in August this year. Together with the champions, the men and women in the Singapore YOG Organising Committee (SYOGOC) are the people who work hard to make this first-of-its-kind Olympic event a success.

At the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS), heavy involvement in the YOG is inevitable. Since the organisation plays the role of building a cohesive society in Singapore, the YOG serves as an ideal opportunity to encourage and promote this through sports.

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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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Lighting Up Your Future

Accepting a scholarship is really about making career choice. One SP scholar tells how this decision has worked out well for her.

By Prasana Ramachandran

An early exposure to microphones, amplifiers and electronic circuitry sparked a curious interest in engineering, mathematics and physics within a young teenage girl who was part of her school’s PA System Crew.

Years later, Leong Wai Yee’s natural inclination led to her being awarded a Singapore Power (SP) scholarship to pursue a Master of Engineering in Electrical & Electronics Engineering with Management at Imperial College London.

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Keep the Dream Alive

If a scholarship that goes beyond the usual package intrigues you, then SPRING’s Executive Development Scholarship may be just what you’re looking for!

By Lim Yan Wen

Be Your Own Boss
From her bright smile to her rapid fire chatter, Arvinder Kaur’s enthusiasm for knowledge, life and creativity is contagious. The 20-year-old is among the batch of 45 scholars that SPRING Singapore welcomed with open arms in June 2009.

Arvinder had seen posters promoting the Executive Development Scholarship (EDS) on the campus of the National University of Singapore (NUS), where she is currently pursuing a degree in Sociology. The EDS’s tagline, “Be Your Own Boss”, caught her attention because of the sense of empowerment these simple words gave her.

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Careers in the pink of health

The many aspects of healthcare provide a wide range of health science career choices. For both Fang Yi and Jacintha, the MOH Health Science Scholarship has helped them to shine in the growing healthcare industry while assisting those in need.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

Singapore’s aim of becoming a healthcare hub has led to a growing demand for qualified health science professionals. Several new hospitals and healthcare institutions will be completed in the next few years, which means that training and opportunities need to be given to those who want to contribute to the health science profession. For Ong Fang Yi and Jacintha Hee, the Health Science Scholarship by the Ministry of Health (MOH) presented an opportunity for them to pursue their respective interests in healthcare.

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An Ideal Environment

At PUB and NEA, scholars are given a remarkable platform to pursue their options.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

The National Environment Agency (NEA) and national water agency PUB are two key organisations within our nation that deal with management of environmental and water resources, a pertinent issue in a small country like Singapore. To do that effectively, NEA and PUB provide numerous opportunities for learning and career advancement to scholars like Looi Wah Loong and Wong Xin Wei.

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Moulding Minds, Crafting Futures

For these two scholars, teaching is more than a job; it is their calling.

By Kevin Lim

For teachers Tan Li Zhen and Alex Tan, the phrase “moulding the future of the nation” is more than just a catchphrase of Ministry of Education (MOE), it sums up what attracted them to become MOE scholars in the first place.

Alex recalls, “I wanted to take up a career that has enduring meaning and purpose; teaching fits the bill as the profession.”

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