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Duke-NUS students to receive Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Scholarships

12 April 2011

The Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, a well-known institution with a long history in Singapore, has announced that it is donating S$2 million to the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore (Duke-NUS). The gift will be used to establish the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Scholarship.

This Scholarship serves to support needy Singaporean students pursuing a four-year Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) programme at the Duke-NUS, regardless of their religion. About 30% of the students at the Graduate School come from households with per capita income of less than S$1,000 per month.

On the calibre of their students, Dean of Duke-NUS Prof Ranga Krishnan said that they are bright and capable, and single-minded in their passion to serve the people and to deliver the best medical care to patients. He said: "Duke-NUS is very grateful to be a recipient of the Temple's generosity as the scholarships will go a long way towards helping our students to fulfill their medical aspirations, and to make notable contributions to society."

Expressing support for the School's mission to transform medicine and improve lives, Chairman of the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Dr Tan Choon Kim added: "The Scholarships affirm the principles and values behind our beliefs. In helping to develop promising medical students, the Temple will be able to bring comfort to the sick and suffering as there will be more medical doctors to serve Singapore's growing population."

Over the years, the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple has been unstinting in its efforts to help the needy by giving to various charities, educational and health projects.

The Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple's S$2 million endowed gift to Duke-NUS gift will enjoy a one-for-one matching grant from the Singapore government.