21 Oct 2020
Eight students from the SIM Global Education (SIM GE) undergraduate programmes and 17 from the SIM GE diploma programmes were awarded SIM scholarships this year. Selected from more than 500 applicants, they received their award at the SIM Scholarship Presentation Ceremony on 9 October 2020. This was the first time the ceremony was held online in view of COVID-19.
Including bursaries, SIM disbursed more than $570,000 to the deserving recipients this year.
Among the 25 scholars was Mr Lucas Lim who is currently pursuing a banking and finance degree programme with the University of London. He was deeply inspired by the common spirit of learning he witnessed at SIM.
“Their stories are testimonies of their passion to upgrade themselves. Despite their circumstances and the odds they face, they prioritise their education and learning to better themselves. They continually push themselves harder and go further to realise their dreams,” he said with pride of his fellow students.
Agreeing, Ms Myat Pann Phyu, a diploma scholarship recipient in banking and finance, spoke at length about how she benefited from the academic as well as outside classroom resources at SIM, such as being a student ambassador and participating in student clubs.
Citing Benjamin Franklin, she said, “’An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest’. I look forward to giving the best returns and doing my best to contribute meaningfully to the welfare of others.”
SIM started giving out scholarships since 2001 in line with its social mission to help Singapore’s human capital stay relevant and productive. Scholars do not need to pay back the award in amount or kind, but they are not free from a moral obligation to give back to society.They can do so by making use of their knowledge, skills and experience gained to make a positive impact on the community and beyond.
Professor Wei Kwok Kee, Provost, SIM, said one way the scholars can give back is to continue to be engaged with SIM and be role models for their fellow students. “We hope you can partner with us to keep the passion here for learning alive so that everyone can have a chance to create a brighter future for themselves and the society around them,” he told the scholars.
The scholarship recipients took a moment during the virtual ceremony to have a photo with the staff and management of SIM.