MDIS 60th Anniversary Special Bursary Benefits Students with Special Educational Needs

GOH Presenting Award to Jacqueline Chua_Merit Scholarship Recipient.

New bursary is a part of the annual MDIS Scholarship and Bursary Awards, now in its 21st year

Singapore, 28 May 2016 – In conjunction with its Diamond Jubilee, the Management Institute of Singapore (MDIS) announced a new bursary – the MDIS 60th Anniversary Special Bursary. The bursaries were presented to 40 special needs children from 15 special education schools at an award ceremony graced by Guest-of-Honour, Ms Foo Mee Har, Member of Parliament for West Coast Group Representation Constituency.

Dr Eric Kuan Giving His Speech.

Dr Eric Kuan Giving His Speech.

Dr Eric Kuan, President of MDIS said, “MDIS believes in maximising the potential of individuals to position them well for success in life and encouraging them to cultivate a passion for lifelong learning. We hope that these grants will help open doors to opportunities for the students and encourage them to excel in their studies. In conjunction with our 60th anniversary, we are also glad to extend our support to students with special needs by way of our MDIS 60th Anniversary Special Bursary.”

Ministry of Education-supported special education schools receive help for their students

A total of $380,200 worth of bursaries and scholarships were disbursed to 484 students from secondary, post-secondary, tertiary, and special education schools at the MDIS 21st Scholarship and Bursary Awards Ceremony.

The MDIS 60th Anniversary Special Bursary, totaling $16,000 will benefit 40 children and youth with mild intellectual disability, autism, multiple disabilities and/or hearing impairment. Aged between 7 and 21 years, the recipients come from 15 special education schools run by various voluntary welfare organisations. The bursary is awarded by the MDIS Education Trust Fund. (More information available in Annex A)

“We would like to express our deepest gratitude to MDIS for extending this financial assistance to our students through its 60th Anniversary Special Bursary. The bursary will provide the students with the means to further develop themselves in their area of interests,” said Mrs Lisa Goh, Principal of Grace Orchard School.

Over 440 secondary, post-secondary and tertiary school students receive other MDIS scholarships and bursaries

MDIS awarded other bond-free bursaries and scholarships to 444 secondary, post-secondary and tertiary school students. These bursaries go towards supporting deserving students who have financial difficulties in pursuing their education. (More information is available in Annex A)

Ku Jia Yang, a 2nd year student from Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) shared, “I am very thankful for the opportunity to receive this bursary from MDIS. The MDIS bursary awards help students like me to chart our goals and chase our dreams regardless of our financial difficulties.”

Jia Yang is a matured and sensible 18 year old who loves to participate in sports. He actively participates in school events, including the 2016 National Junior Canoeing Championships and National School Games National Canoeing Championships, where he won 3 bronze medals. A few years back, Jia Yang’s father had to stop work due to unforeseen circumstances. The situation at home was tough but with the help of the grant now, Jia Yang is able to continue participating in his core curriculum activity (CCA), pursue other interests, such as piano, and enjoy the full junior college experience.

Nur Sri Sabrina binte Abdullah is another deserving bursary recipient. The studious 14 year old from Juying Secondary School shared that the bursary meant a lot to her and her elderly grandparents. The bursary will be put to good use towards her educational needs and empower her to strive to excel in her studies.

MDIS scholarships are awarded to students with good academic records. The $25,000 scholarship for degree programmes and $5,000 scholarship for pre-degree programmes present students with the chance to pursue full or part-time courses at MDIS; a chance that might otherwise be out of their reach. (More information is available in Annex A)

The institute also recognizes outstanding local and international students for their academic achievements, leadership qualities and community participation by way of the MDIS Merit Scholarship. Local students are provided the opportunity to pursue degree programmes while international students are given the chance to pursue pre-degree or degree programmes.

“I’ve always loved fashion and it was my curiosity to understand women’s fascination with it that decided my path for me. The MDIS scholarship has allowed me to pursue my passion; to understand how fashion has evolved through the decades and appreciate its impact on the world,” said Jacqueline Chua, MDIS Merit Scholarship recipient.

Jacqueline’s love affair with fashion started from a young age. Her Diploma in Fashion Technology opened doors for her but she was primed for more. With the MDIS Merit Scholarship, she is now able to fulfill her ambitions by pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) in Fashion Design programme by UK’s Nottingham Trent University at MDIS. With two more years to go, she has already gained an understanding of the human structure and silhouette, and learnt skills like people and time management.

Ms Ruth Thephila, another Merit Scholarship recipient said, “This gift from MDIS has put my goal of a quality post graduate education within reach. I am thankful for the many learning opportunities this scholarship has accorded me as I pursued a Master of Business Administration programme.”

Ruth is self-motivated and passionate about upgrading herself. She applied for the MDIS Merit Scholarship for international students, to give herself the chance to obtain higher educational qualifications at MDIS Singapore. She is looking forward to a wider choice of careers upon graduation.

Since 1996, Singapore’s oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning has disbursed more than S$5 million worth of scholarships and bursaries benefiting some 7,000 students.

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