SINGAPORE - A total of 335 student-athletes were awarded the Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim Scholarship on Tuesday (May 30), becoming the latest batch of scholars to benefit from the scholarship since its inception in 2010.
For the first time, sport climbers and ice skaters were represented in the Under-18 high performance category, in a bumper crop of 49 recipients in this category.
More than 2,000 scholarships have been handed out to outstanding young student-athletes over the years, amounting to almost $6 million.
The scholarship is backed by Singapore billionaire Mr Peter Lim, the largest individual donor to a sports scholarship here.
Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister for Defence Ong Ye Kung was guest of honour at the award ceremony at ITE College Central, presenting scholarships to recipients in the tertiary category.
Mr Ng Ser Miang, chairman of the SOF, as well as Indian shooter and Olympic and world champion Abhinav Bindra were also present.
Recipients have to meet a set of criteria to qualify for the scholarship, with a majority of them coming from financially-challenged backgrounds, and have consistent sporting results.
Said Mr Ng, who is also an International Olympic Committee member: "We want to continue to help talented young athletes fulfil their sporting potential, regardless of the backgrounds they come from, for as long as we can."
The audience was also treated to a specially recorded message from 2012 SOF-Peter Lim scholarship recipient and Olympic champion Joseph Schooling.
He said: "The scholarship helps a lot of kids. Use it wisely, don't waste it, make every moment count and keep doing yourself, your parents, your country and your friends proud."
High performance scholarships are worth $5,000, while other scholarships are worth $1,000, $2,000 or $3,000.