Port Wings News Network:
PSA International Pte Ltd (“PSA”) hosted the Howe Yoon Chong (“HYC”) PSA Scholarship awards ceremony on 16 May 2018, where 38 deserving students received their Scholarships. PSA Group Chairman, Mr Fock Siew Wah, was the Guest of Honour at the ceremony, and presented the students with their award certificates. This is the tenth batch of students receiving the HYC PSA Scholarships. Over the last ten years, 196 students have now benefitted from the HYC PSA Scholarships.
The scholarships are funded by the Howe Yoon Chong PSA Endowment Fund which was set up in 2008 under the auspices of local charity organisation Trailblazer Foundation to provide scholarships for Singaporean students from low income families who have triumphed over trying and difficult circumstances and contributed actively in their communities. The Fund, with contributions from PSA, Temasek Holdings and NSL Ltd, is named in honour of the late Mr Howe Yoon Chong, who was Chairman of the then Port of Singapore Authority from 1970 to 1979.
This year’s 38 HYC PSA Scholars were selected from a pool of almost 800 applications. They will pursue academic studies at the Institute of Technical Education, the Polytechnics and local Universities. The bond-free scholarships will pay for tuition and other compulsory fees in full, as well as book and living allowances.
PSA Group Chairman Mr Fock Siew Wah said, “I am filled with a deep sense of pride that the late Mr Howe Yoon Chong’s legacy continues in this meaningful way, by making a difference in the lives of 196 scholars over the last 10 years. I am glad to see that many of our scholars successfully emulate Mr Howe’s example, continuing to pay it forward by reaching out and giving others a helping hand, while successfully juggling school work, family commitments and community work. We also congratulate the 2018 batch of HYC PSA scholars on their achievements. It is my hope that they will take this gift of further education, and be spurred on to create a better future for Singapore and Singaporeans.”
Zulayqha Binte Zulkifli (2012 HYC PSA Scholar) said, “I want to make a positive impact in people’s lives and inspire people who face similar situations as me, to move on from their hardships and the obstacles that they face.”
Jena Lim (2017 HYC PSA Scholar) said, “For me to be a HYC PSA scholar means that I am willing and able to help others in need. And I don’t need to be smart or to be top of my cohort or even be rich to help somebody.”
Muhammad Shazuan Bin Shiraj Abdullah (2018 HYC PSA Scholar) said, “My gratitude goes to the Howe Yoon Chong PSA Scholarship Committee, for your generosity and for believing in all us. Receiving this scholarship would really allow us to immerse ourselves in what truly matters – education – so that we can empower ourselves to be successful.”