Text: Jasmine Tiong and Suki Lor | Art direction: Don Tan | Photo: Mohamed Fadly
The last thing that a student should worry about in school is money, says Mr Vincent Foo (NBS/Class of 2003). And for that reason, he has chosen to create a bursary to help needy students at NTU.
Vincent set up the Choo Gek Beng and Foo Chow Fu Bursary in his parents’ names to express his gratitude for the sacrifices they made to put him through university despite their “meagre monthly incomes”.
Vincent with his mother, Mdm Choo Gek Beng, at The Fern, a renewable energy artwork located at the NTU North Spine.
He had initially thought that setting up a bursary would require a large sum of money – to the tune of a few million dollars – but when he learnt that that was not the case, he decided to give it a go and pledged S$40,000 over four years.
So when he could, he made sure to do whatever odd jobs he could find to help ease the burden. When he was in secondary school, he worked during the school holidays as a factory odd-job worker. While at NTU, he juggled tutoring and part-time administrative jobs.
Vincent hopes that he is able to do his part to help disadvantaged students “attain a holistic education unhindered by financial difficulty and be inspired to also pay it forward in future”.
"The kindness of donors has supported me with my school allowance so I can work less and focus on my studies and spend more time with my family. The bursary also helped pay utility bills. " - Mohamad Salihin Bin Mohamad Kassim, NTU Bursary beneficiary
Bursaries are awarded to financially disadvantaged full-time NTU undergraduates. This Bursary Fund is supported by students, alumni and friends. If you would like to make a positive difference to help needy students, you can make a donation of any amount today .
This article first appeared in the first issue of U, the NTU alumni magazine.