From sleeping in void decks to reading philosophy at Oxford

PSC scholarship recipient Mr Zulhaqem Zulkifli with his father, retired cleaner Mr Zulkifli Atnawi, 59, at the scholarship ceremony in Parkroyal Hotel in Beach Road. With them is Mr Zulhaqem's sister, Zulayqha Zulkifli, 25, who was a The Straits Time
PSC scholarship recipient Mr Zulhaqem Zulkifli with his father, retired cleaner Mr Zulkifli Atnawi, 59, at the scholarship ceremony in Parkroyal Hotel in Beach Road. With them is Mr Zulhaqem's sister, Zulayqha Zulkifli, 25, who was a The Straits Times Generation Grit Award 2018 winner.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

SINGAPORE - Mr Zulhaqem Zulkifli, 27, used to spend Sundays with his father rummaging through dumpsters for scrap metal and cardboard boxes to sell.

It was hard work under the hot sun.

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