SINGAPORE - A total of 64 recipients of the Ministry of National Development (Executive Development and Growth Exchange) (MND EDGE) scholarship received their certificates from the Minister for National Development, Mr Lawrence Wong, at the MND building in Maxwell Road today.
With about 2439 applications this year, the scholarship was presented to 49 undergraduate recipients, 12 postgraduate recipients and three overseas merit recipients.
Mr Lawrence Wong, who addressed the scholars at the ceremony, urged the recipients to use the knowledge and expertise they accumulate in their studies to contribute to making the Republic a distinctive global city that was endearing to all Singaporeans.
Speaking about reaching a milestone in development with 50 years of nation-building, he said: "there is much more we can in the next 50 years, because we are on a higher base, we have more resources and there's a lot more we can do to make Singapore even better, across all fields."
Mr Wong also reminded students to never forget their roots and practise humility, saying, "all of you are receiving a scholarship because of your own individual efforts, but also because the community has supported you along the way.
"And that community includes your family members and parents who are here, teachers and friends who have supported you. Remember about giving back to the society in which you can serve others and inspire others just as you have benefited from other's service to you."
One of the newly-minted scholars, Muhamad Haziq Bin Jamaludin, 18, is all set to pursue engineering with a minor in management from National University of Singapore.
"The effort was ultimately worthwhile. This scholarship also helps reduce the burden of my tertiary education on my parents, who have to look after my five other siblings as well," said Haziq.
The former Victoria Junior College student used to frequent libraries or revise in school for a more conducive learning environment than home.
According to Haziq, his challenges in life shaped his interest to impact people's lifestyle and choose a career path that would make a difference.
Scholars will join the MND, its statutory bodies and Gardens by the Bay after the completion of their studies.