Scholarships

FIREfly(STB) - Dare to be Different

Most scholars go for a university education in Australia, America or Europe. But Cheng Chek Lim took the less-travelled route and chose to study in Beijing. We find out about his choice scholarship and how it benefited him.

By Edwin Tam

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Cheng Chek Lim
FIREfly Scholar (STB)
Designation: Management Trainee, STB
Studied: International Relations, Peking University

“I still jaywalk, but only when there aren’t any cars,” says Cheng Chek Lim, on bringing his jaywalking ways from Beijing back to Singapore.

The 25-year-old FIREfly scholar had spent four years in Peking University pursuing a degree in international relations. He is currently a management trainee with his sponsor agency – the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

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FIREfly (EDB) - Listen and Learn

For Jeffrey Cai, an EDB scholarship has opened the door to a career where assimilating various viewpoints is a daily challenge he takes on with great relish.

By Lim Yan Wen

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Jeffrey Cai
FIREfly Scholar (EDB)
Designation: Assistant Head, Transport Engineering, EDB
Studied: Chemical Engineering and Economics, University of Minnesota
Master’s in Quantitative Economics, Columbia University in New York

If you are contemplating which step to take now that your ‘A’ levels are over, FIREfly scholar Jeffrey Cai will throw you two questions.

“Consider these first: ‘Do I want an overseas education?’ and ‘Is there something I want to do at this point in time?’ If you find yourself interested in public service, then maybe taking on a scholarship is a good path for you,” says Jeffrey.

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FIREfly(JTC) - Seeing The World, Living The Dream

The FIREfly Scholarship Programme has granted outstanding talents like Hong Yi the ability to pursue her dreams while landing a job that lets her see the world in the process.

By Philip Tnee

Spain and Germany are among the many countries that Hong Yi has travelled to as a Senior Engineer in the Engineering and Infrastructure Department of JTC Corporation, one of Singapore’s leading economic agencies involved in the FIREfly scholarship programme.

Prior to working, Hong Yi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette. She then went on to complete a Master’s of Science in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

None of this would have been possible without the scholarship from JTC.

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FIREfly(SPRING) - Grow, Glow and Globalise

Growing from strength to strength, Joy Koh has carved out a dynamic and fulfilling career promoting entrepreneurship and enterprise development in Singapore. Eloquent and driven, the self-starter began her journey with a SPRING scholarship.

By Azhar Jalil

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Joy Koh
FIREfly Scholar (SPRING Singapore)
Designation: Head, Management Development, Enterprise Capabilities Group, SPRING Singapore
Studied: Electrical Engineering, Cornell University
Master’s in Electrical Engineering, Cornell University

”It was the diversity that attracted me,” says Joy Koh. “When I was looking at the different scholarships, I felt SPRING had the diversity, the flexibility within the company where I knew I would have the opportunity to try out different things.”

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FIREfly (IE Singapore) - Of Growth and Glamour

The prestige of being a scholar isn’t a big deal for Oxford graduate Lin Lixin. Bringing local enterprise overseas is.

By Ashley Choo

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Lin Lixin
FIREfly Scholar (IE Singapore)
Designation: Account Manager, Infrastructure Services, IE Singapore
Studied: Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford

Call it a work hazard, but Lin Lixin’s replies to most questions are chock-full of background information to the topic in question. Getting into the nitty-gritty of things has been part of her daily routine since starting work with International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore) six months ago.

“Our long-term goal is to help Singapore companies clinch overseas projects,” the Account Manager for Infrastructure Services explained. “In the short-term, it’s about getting to know these companies in detail, because if I’m going to have a meeting with them, I want to be able to know what they are talking about.”

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FIREfly (EMA) - 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

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Tan Teck Hao
FIREfly Scholar (EMA)

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] serve it well.”

Hailing from an “average family of four living in the heartlands”, and armed with an education from Anderson Junior College (AJC), Teck Hao divulges that he has never thought of himself as “typical scholarship material”.

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CapitaLand - A Presence Undeniable

For many, buildings go beyond concrete pillars and mirrored glass, taking on identities of their own – homes, not houses; schools, not institutions. CapitaLand takes this notion a step further by developing property that positively affects its occupants.

By Azhar Jalil

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He Yun
BCA-CapitaLand Built Environment Scholar
Studying: Real Estate, NUS

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Singapore Tourism Board: Uniquely Enriching

As a management trainee with the Singapore Tourism Board, Kevin Choe is at the forefront of one of Singapore's most dynamic industries today.

by Colin Lim

At the age of seven, Kevin Choe left Singapore to study at the International School of Bangkok in Thailand. About ten years later, he returned to complete his National Service, but found himself feeling out of place. "I felt like a foreigner in my own country, after being away for such a long time,” recalled Kevin.

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SCDF - For the Greater Good

Find out why an engineering graduate decided to become part of the SCDF.

By Rekha Guruswamy

Yee De Biao is a soft-spoken young man who graduated from NUS in Mechanical Engineering. But unlike most of his peers, he chose a career that allows him to protect Singapore’s safety and security, along with his colleagues at the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF)...

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Article: Check Out China!

I was skeptical when I first considered pursuing tertiary studies in China. Media reports and hype about China being a new potential superpower yet a traditional one were hotly debated. Most Singaporeans had a misconception about China being backward and all. Somehow I sensed China’s silently growing power and I really wanted to find out for myself what the China buzz is really about...

By Cheng Chek Lim

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