Bursaries for needy students with good grades

SINGAPORE - Children of ex-offenders and students from low-income families got early Christmas presents last Saturday.

More than 220 students, from primary to junior college levels, were awarded bursaries of between $300 and $500 from Reach Community Services Society.

The recipients, who come from households with monthly incomes of less than $2,000, or if they are children of ex-offenders, qualify by doing well in school.

Reach executive director Ng Ai Ling said the students are also attached to volunteer mentors.

"We know the bursaries help the kids financially, but we also believe they need the moral and emotional support," said Ms Ng.

Minister of State for Finance and Transport Josephine Teo, who was guest of honour at the award ceremony at Guangyang Primary School, commended Reach for supporting the children's education.

This is the second year that Reach is collaborating with the Industrial & Services Co-operative Society - a group that works with ex-offenders and their families - to identify beneficiaries.

One such beneficiary was 13-year-old Aloysius Joseph.

The Secondary 1 student at Bedok View Secondary, whose father is an ex-offender, received a $450 bursary.

"It motivates me to get better grades," said Aloysius, of the bursary and its ties to good grades.

The Sri Ruthra Kaliamman Temple in Depot Road also awarded bursaries to needy students from primary and secondary schools in its vicinity on that day.

Senior Minister of State for Education and Law Indranee Rajah was guest of honour at the event where 61 students received bursaries and scholarships ranging from $125 to $400.

The award recipients come from families with a monthly household income of $2,500 or less.

Children of single parents with a monthly income of $1,500 or less are also eligible for the award.

Separately, the Marsiling Citizens' Consultative Committee handed out bursaries, ranging from $150 to $300, to 54 needy students from primary to tertiary levels at last Saturday's SembCorp School Book Assistance Grant ceremony held at the Marsiling Community Club.

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