On 22 December 2017, ISCOS celebrated the academic achievements of 133 students by rewarding them for their hard work and perseverance at its annual Bursary Award Ceremony. With Mr Amrin Amin as the Guest of Honour, the recipients received their awards onstage amid applause from their families at the MDIS Auditorium at Stirling Road.
A major initiative by ISCOS and Lee Foundation under the Fairy Godparent Programme, children of current and ex-offenders from low-income families who have achieved commendable results are awarded bursaries ranging from $200 to $500 each, according to their education levels. Book grants were also given to students who have shown good progress in their studies.
ISCOS also recognised and presented certificates to the maiden batch of recipients of the Tan Ean Kiam-YRF-ISCOS Bursary Award (“TEK Award”), a newly launched initiative in 2017. Fully sponsored by Tan Ean Kiam Foundation, eligible beneficiaries who received offers by local polytechnics and ITE but lack the financial resources to further their studies may apply for the TEK Award. After receiving their certificates, the recipients also candidly shared about their academic pursuit despite challenging circumstances and hardships during a dialogue session.
We are glad that the event was well covered in the various dailies including Straits Times, The New Paper, Lianhe Zaobao, Berita Harian, Tamil Murasu as well as the Home Team News. By shedding light on the inspiring stories of our beneficiaries, we sincerely hope this would create greater awareness about our social cause, which will eventually translate into stronger support for our programmes and services.
Thank you Lee Foundation and Tan Ean Kiam Foundation for believing in the importance of education for our children and youth. Once again, congratulations to all award recipients!