There ARE needy students in schools and tertiary institutions

Three wishes for the New Year,” by Tommy Koh. The Straits Times, 03 Jan 2015.

“Singapore is, however, not perfect. There are areas in which we can and should do better. I am disturbed by the inequality in Singapore. We have one of the highest Gini coefficients in the world. I am unhappy that many of our children are growing up in poverty. About a third of our students go to school with no pocket money to buy lunch.

As a trustee of two education trusts, I am reminded each year of the large number of needy students in our schools and tertiary institutions. I was shocked when the president of one of our universities told us recently that 60 per cent of his students need financial assistance.”

From The Straits Times “School Pocket Money Fund“,

“Giving pocket money to children and youth from low-income families for their school-related expenses, such as a meal at recess, transport fares to and from school is the main programme of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

Primary school beneficiaries receive $60 a month and secondary school beneficiaries receive $95 a month. From 1 January 2013, the Fund earmarks an allocated amount to extend support to post- secondary students in ITE, Junior Colleges and Polytechnics at $120 a month for up to four academic years. Post-secondary assistance is extended to past and current SPMF recipients, as well as the siblings of current recipients.”

From the NUS Giving webpage,

“Any student still requiring financial assistance, even after receiving both government and NUS study loans, can apply for a student bursary.

To date, thanks to the generosity of the University’s alumni and friends, all applicants, who meet the criteria, have received a bursary.

Currently, a bursary award ranges from S$1,050 to S$20,000 per student, per year. The typical renewable bursary is S$1,850 per student, per year.”

The NUS Bursary Fund is open to students across the entire University or gifts can be designated to a specific Faculty, School, Hall or College.