Shahlis, 13, has been an ISCOS beneficiary under the Yellow Ribbon Fund-ISCOS Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP) for three years now. Her father, an ISCOS member, is currently unemployed which makes her mother the sole breadwinner of the family. It has been difficult for them to make both ends meet but despite her family’s financial challenges, Shahlis’ determination did not stop her from aspiring for a better future.
In 2012, Shahlis’ mother enrolled her at ISCOS’ Tuition Bursary programme and began attending professional tuition classes at Kip McGrath Education Centre. While under the programme, she was attached to a few volunteer mentors from the law firm Baker & McKenzie. Wong & Leow who not only gave a listening ear but also provided an emotional support and guidance.
Shahlis’ perseverance and hard work paid off and brought tremendous improvement in her academics. In 2014, she was one of the proud recipients of the ISCOS Bursary Award for doing well in her final examinations. Shalis has since secured a place at CHIJ St Theresa Convent School and looks forward to completing her studies. The Tuition Bursary helps children from low-income families, like Shalis, achieve academic excellence. If you have been inspired by Shahlis’ story and would like to find out more about FGP and how you can help, please click here.