Eurasian students get cash awards

Top-performing and needy students from the Eurasian community were presented with scholarship awards and bursaries yesterday at the St Patrick's School hall.

There were a total of 269 recipients - from primary, secondary and tertiary levels - at this year's Eurasian Community Fund (ECF) Education Awards Ceremony.

The total amount disbursed across the 13 award categories was $87,050.

Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S. Iswaran, who graced the ceremony, urged recipients to "pursue excellence, embrace your passions and give back to society".

In his speech, he paid tribute to recently crowned Olympic gold medallist Joseph Schooling.

"Beyond the glory of victory, Joseph's path to gold is also an exemplary tale of steely determination, unrelenting effort, and grace in victory which are the key ingredients of excellence," he said.

He also cited the example of ITE student Austin David Lazaroo, who was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder at age seven.

"Austin overcame this obstacle by working hard, taking one step at a time, and staying positive. As a result, he has achieved his first goal of entering ITE, and is now working towards his next goal of gaining admission into a polytechnic," he said of the scholarship recipient.

Mr Iswaran also called for recipients to volunteer for a cause that resonated with them.

"Social issues cannot be tackled effectively by the Government or voluntary welfare organisations alone; there is an important role for individual members of the community," he added.

The ECF Education Awards are open to applicants who are Singapore citizens or permanent residents of Eurasian parentage.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 11, 2016, with the headline 'Eurasian students get cash awards'. Print Edition | Subscribe