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Ong Pang Boon Bursary established at NUS

20 July 2011

Mr Ong receiving a token from President Nathan, with Prof Tan beside him

Mr Ong with his three friends, (from left) Mr Lim Soo Peng, Ms Pang Cheng Lian and Mr Tang See Chim who championed the Bursary

NUS has established a bursary in honour of Mr Ong Pang Boon, one of the architects of modern Singapore, who was instrumental in setting the nation on the path of bilingualism. The Ong Pang Boon Bursary was announced at an appreciation lunch hosted by NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan. Singapore President S R Nathan, NUS Chancellor, was the Guest of Honour at the event, which was attended by donors and friends of the University.

The Ong Pang Boon Bursary was set up thanks to the effort and dedication of Mr Ong's friends and colleagues, who wanted to recognise his contribution to Singapore. Mr Ong served as Minister for Home Affairs (1959-1963), for Education (1963-1970), for Labour (1971-1980), and for the Environment (1981-1984).

Speaking at the appreciation lunch, Prof Tan said that Mr Ong's story is inextricably linked to the history of modern Singapore. Thanking him for allowing NUS the honour of recognising his achievements by bestowing his name on a bursary fund at the University, Prof Tan added: "We are very proud that an alumnus of our University has reached such great heights of achievement in terms of service to the country and society, and as a leader and individual. You stand out as a beacon and inspiration for all of us, particularly our students."

The Bursary fund, a fitting tribute to Mr Ong's enduring passion for education and his commitment to helping the less privileged, has received contributions of S$2.28 million so far. Together with the matching government grant, it will form an endowment that will benefit up to 20 deserving undergraduate students every year from across the University.

Prof Tan also thanked alumni and friends for their philanthropic support. He said, "Last year, gifts to NUS helped to fund nearly 2,000 bursary awards to our students. The Ong Pang Boon Bursary will continue that tradition and commitment to ensure that no deserving student is denied an opportunity of studying at NUS due to financial difficulties."

Conveying his thanks to everyone for their generous gifts and support, Mr Ong said: "I am deeply honoured to have a bursary fund named after me, but more importantly, I am very happy that this fund will be an additional source of funding for the less privileged undergraduates at NUS."

By Development Office