Underprivileged children receive bursary for good grades

SINGAPORE - 216 needy students from primary to junior college levels today received bursaries ranging from $300 to $500.

The bursary served as a reward for receiving above average results in their final examinations this year, despite challenging family situations.

About $80,000 worth of bursaries was distributed by REACH Community Services Society (RCSS) at its award ceremony organised in collaboration with ISCOS (Industrial & Services Co-operative Society), an organisation that provides assistance to ex-offenders and their families. The event was held in Bishan Park Secondary School with the theme "Realising Dreams".

Mr Hri Kumar Nair, Member of Parliament for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, told the students in his speech: "It is all about hard work, what we believe in and what we are passionate about. You did well because you had a strong army of people who are always ready to support you such as your parents, your teachers and the community."

Ms Ng Ai Ling, RCSS Executive Director, said: "We started the REACH Bursary Programme in 2009 to support children and youths from low-income families to pursue their academic dreams. We believe that every child and every youth matters. Each one of them has the potential to be the best they can be. No one, especially those from disadvantaged family backgrounds, should stop reaching for their dreams."