19 Sep 2017
It was a day of pride as 24 students received their SIM Global Education (SIM GE) scholarship awards at a ceremony held at SIM on 8 September. The ceremony was witnessed by some 60 family members and guests.
Despite the challenges that life threw at them, this year's scholars each has their own inspiring story of resilience and how it shaped them to become all-rounded individuals with leadership qualities and a strong sense of mission.
Among them is SIM-RMIT business degree undergraduate Silas Abdul Razak Noor Shah, who is also vice-captain of the national hockey team. Besides managing his studies, Silas trains four to five evenings a week and also works part-time to ease his family's financial burden. While Silas stumbled in his studies in his early years, he was determined to catch up. When he found his passion in hockey, he also found the confidence to excel not just in his chosen sport but also his studies.
In his speech, Mr Tan Soo Jin, Chairman of the Singapore Institute of Management Holdings Pte Ltd Board of Directors, said that the SIM scholarships are offered as part of its social mission to equip individuals to go further in their pursuit of knowledge and skills. Mr Tan went on to say, "Wherever your strengths or interests lie - in your field of study, in sports or the arts - we believe you have a role and a place where your talents can be put to good use to benefit others and the community at large."
This year also marks the first time SIM GE is awarding scholarships to diploma students. The total value of this year's scholarships, all bond free, amounts to almost $430,000, the highest SIM GE has given out in recent years.
National hockey vice-captain, Silas Abdul Razak Noor Shah, one of this year’s scholars and
a bronze medallist (team) at the recent 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.
This year's all-rounded scholars with Mr Tan Soo Jin, Chairman of SIM Governing Council (Centre) and
Dr Lee Kwok Cheong, CEO of SIM GE (5th from left).