While the Singapore economy is powering ahead and the outlook is bright for many of us, we hope that many will spare a thought for our students who are facing dire financial difficulties. For them, the future remains uncertain and without a bursary, making ends meet each day is a constant struggle.
We continue to appeal to like-minded partners for your philanthropic leadership to help fill the funding gap, and enable financially-distressed students pursue their education at NTU. With the passing of each day, more and more students will face financial hardship, needing the vital financial assistance in order to fulfil their dreams and live up to their destinies through the opportunities that only a quality education can provide.
A Bursary Recipient's Story
For fourth-year medical student Joseph Wong, the desire to become a doctor was ignited when he witnessed how the doctors who looked after his grandfather at the final stage of his life treated the whole family with empathy. But the ability to pursue his dream did not come easy.
Coming from a single-parent family made up of his mother and brother, Joseph's father left the family during his A-Level period and stopped supporting them financially. Joseph's mother sells clothes at a rented stall in a hawker centre.
To alleviate his family's financial burden, Joseph took a loan when he entered the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine to cover the remaining portion of his tuition fees after deducting what his NTU bursary covered. For pocket money, he trained a class of students from his secondary school and helped prepare them for the Singapore Junior Biology Olympiad 2016.
"The NTU bursary allowed me to not have to worry about my family's finances as I go through medical school, and I am able to devote time to my studies and develop interests I never got to as a child," Joseph reflected.
Looking forward to a future beyond medical school, Joseph said, "I would like to be a surgeon. Also, at a point when I feel that I have sufficiently given enough back to society for the opportunity to be a doctor, I would like to get involved in meaningful mission work."
In light of the financial difficulties that many of its students face, NTU has for a long time been establishing purpose-driven Bursary Funds, through collaborations with like-minded foundations, trusts, business leaders and philanthropists. These vital collaborations have provided life-changing solutions and given talented but financially disadvantaged individuals greater access to higher education, and the opportunity to transform their lives and the lives of their families.
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