SINGAPORE - A total of 269 student-athletes from 30 sports received the Singapore Olympic Foundation (SOF)-Peter Lim Scholarship in a ceremony at the ITE College Central on Friday afternoon (June 1).
The cash sponsorships amounted to $771,000 in total across four categories - primary ($1,000), secondary ($2,000), tertiary ($3,000) and Under-18 high performance ($5,000) - and will go towards their academic- and sports-related expenses.
The latest batch of recipients include athletes such as Asian Games-bound Lau Ywen (fencing) and Rachel Thean and Vivien Tai (synchronised swimming) and Youth Olympic Games aspirants Marsha Shahrin (sailing) and Shirlene Hew (shooting).
Marsha said: "I'm very happy to be representing Singapore at the 2018 YOG. In my preparations for the Games, I will be attending some training camps overseas and in Europe.
"The SOF-Peter Lim Scholarship will help me to defray these expenses as I work towards improving my skills as well as gaining more experience from competing with the different windsurfers all around the world."
To qualify for the scholarship, recipients have to meet a set of criteria, including posting consistent results in relevant sports competitions to be eligible. This year, a record high of 1,243 applications from 216 schools were received.
Also, UK-based footballer Ilhan Fandi received a Special Development Grant - in excess of $100,000 - at the ceremony on Friday.
The ceremony was attended by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, as well as Olympic champions Koji Murofushi (Japan, track and field) and Joseph Schooling (Singapore, swimming).
The scholarship is the brainchild of Mr Lim, who remains the largest individual donor to a sports scholarship in Singapore. Since the scholarship's inception in 2010, 2,362 student-athletes have received a total of $6.5 million.
SOF chairman and Singapore's International Olympic Committee member Ng Ser Miang said: "Our commitment to support every single recipient in his or her sporting journey remains resolute, as it is our aim to play a part in developing our athletes to reach their potential and achieve sporting glory for Singapore."
Minister Fu added: "To ensure that no young talented Singaporean is deprived of an opportunity because of one's family background, the Sports School provides scholarships and financial assistance to eligible students to subsidise their school fees.
"About three in 10 of its students receive subsidies of 70 per cent or more, with one in 10 receiving 100 per cent subsidies.
"Beyond the Sports School, the National Youth Sports Institute and the Singapore Sports Institute also work with aspiring young athletes to develop them to their fullest potential."