SINGAPORE - A total of 51 scholarships worth more than $1.4 million were awarded this year as part of efforts to meet the manpower needs of the growing Singapore maritime industry.
Sponsored by maritime companies and organisations, the MaritimeONE (Maritime Outreach NEtwork) scholarships and Tripartite Maritime Scholarship Scheme (TMSS) support various local and overseas diploma and degree programmes.
In all, 40 MaritimeONE and 11 TMSS scholarships were presented at the MaritimeONE Scholarship Awards Ceremony held at the M Hotel Singapore on Thursday.
This year, 18 companies sponsored 40 MaritimeONE scholarships valued at more than $815,000. Sponsoring companies this year include "K" Line Pte Ltd; American Bureau of Shipping; Fednav Singapore Pte Ltd; Global Maritime Talent Pte Ltd; Haider Nawaz (personal sponsorship); IMC Industrial Group; Jurong Port Pte Ltd; Lloyd's Register Foundation; NORDEN Shipping (Singapore) Pte Ltd; Sembcorp Marine Ltd; Singapore Maritime Academy - Singapore Polytechnic; Singapore Maritime Officers' Union; Singapore Shipping Association; SMTC Global (Singapore) Pte Ltd; Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd; The Chua Chor Teck Memorial Fund; Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd and X-PRESS FEEDERS.
MaritimeONE scholars are able to choose from a wide spectrum of 22 courses - 19 business, law and engineering degrees offered by eight local and overseas universities, as well as three maritime diploma programmes at the Singapore Maritime Academy in Singapore Polytechnic.
Ms Koh Ke Hui, 18, a Singapore Shipping Association-MaritimeONE Scholar, is amongst the new batch of scholars who received their awards this evening.
Although she was diagnosed from birth with Achondroplasia (a bone growth disorder that causes disproportionate dwarfism), she did not let her physical condition to stand in her way. "After the first month of school, I was even more convinced that I had made the right choice in taking up Maritime Business after learning more about how the maritime industry works. I know I will enjoy my future work, and I want to be part of Singapore's maritime industry in the years to come."
The 11 TMSS scholarships, valued at over $600,000, were awarded to students enrolled in the Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering diploma programmes offered at the Singapore Maritime Academy in Singapore Polytechnic.
The TMSS scholarships are jointly awarded by MPA, shipping companies, the Singapore Maritime Officers' Union (SMOU) and the Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS). This year, the shipping companies co-sponsoring the TMSS scholarships are APL Co Pte Ltd, PACC Ship Managers Pte Ltd and Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd.