Scholarships a key part of how business body nurtures talent

Traditional dress was in full bloom at a celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival last night by an organisation that began life more than 100 years ago.

But the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) did not just look back to the past when it presented 20 undergraduates with scholarship awards.

Mr Thomas Chua, chamber president, told the 500 guests that the prizes are also an important part of how the SCCCI nurtures talent and grooms the future pillars of society for the nation.

Ms Nurul Ayuni, who received $5,000, said her award, jointly offered by SCCCI and Mendaki to outstanding young Malay-Muslim undergraduates, will "motivate (her) to work harder".

She applied for the scholarship because "it was recognition by an association of businesses", said the 19-year-old, who is studying business at the Nanyang Technological University.

She received the award from Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing, who was the guest of honour.

Mr Chan paid tribute to the SCCCI, which is "older than independent Singapore", and its "important role in setting up the country's education, cultural and social support systems".

He said the pioneer generation's indomitable spirit is a value that should be treasured and passed down.

At the party, booths were set up for tea art, lantern riddles and sugar art. Guests also enjoyed tidbits and performances while colourful lanterns hung overhead.

This article was published on Sept 6 in The Straits Times.

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