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NUS scholarships most well-liked in Singapore

19 June 2012

Koh Jian Ying, a proud NUS Sports Scholar

NUS offers the most popular scholarships, according to a survey by BrightSparks, Singapore's largest information provider on scholarship and higher education.

University scholarships have gained popularity over the years said Mr Lim Der Shing, CEO of JobsCentral Group, owner of BrightSparks. They "allow more freedom in courses of study and are also predominantly bond-free," he said.

Over the years, NUS' rankings in the BrightSparks Scholarship & Career Survey have steadily risen. The University moved from the 14th spot when the rankings were first started in 2007 to being top last year and this year.

A total of 2,738 students participated in this year's survey with more than 1,500 respondents being "A" level and International Baccalaureate diploma graduates. The rest of the respondents were final year polytechnic students and undergraduates in their first and second year of study at local universities.

NUS is the first local university to offer a full Sports Scholarship. Incepted in the academic year 2011/2012, the Sports Scholarship covers tuition fees as well as a living and accommodation allowance. It is granted to prospective NUS students who are outstanding individuals committed to elevate NUS sports to greater heights.

The new academic year's incoming NUS Sports Scholars are Clare Fong for tennis (School of Medicine), Koh Jian Ying for water polo (Faculty of Law), Cheryl Lee Xin Yi for netball (Faculty of Dentistry), Lu Zuokun for volleyball (School of Business) and Qua Bi Qi for canoeing and cross country (Faculty of Law).

Jian Ying, a water polo player who represented Singapore in the SEA Games in Palembang, is excited about receiving the scholarship. When he starts his law course, he plans to prioritise well and learn to sacrifice some things in life so as to manage his studies and his sports commitment. He hopes to pass on whatever experience he has had from playing with the national team to the team in NUS.

Clare, who represented Singapore in the 2010 Asia/Oceania Federation Cup, is honoured to be selected for the scholarship. "I feel very grateful towards NUS as well as my family, friends and teachers who have supported me along the way," she said. She thinks the trick to managing studies and other commitments is to prioritise as well as be self-disciplined, which will come in handy in her pursuit of a medical degree.

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