The Straits Times
Published on Feb 17, 2013

In place of bond, these scholars serve the community


When Ms Gracia Wong took a gap year before embarking on her university studies to volunteer at an orphanage in Kazakhstan, she had to work as a teacher in two schools to pay for her fare there.

The 22-year-old need not fret about finances when she engages in community work in future. She was one of six scholars who received scholarships given out to undergraduates in Nee Soon GRC. 

Instead of fulfilling a company bond, recipients will have to play a part in community development projects within the GRC. The six were chosen based on their track record in community work, rather than sterling grades. 

"The scholarship winners will seek to understand the real social and economic issues and learn how to create impact for society," said MP for Nee Soon GRC K. Shanmugam, who gave out the scholarships at a HDB block in Yishun on Sunday morning.