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A step closer to their dreams with SIM scholarships

14 Aug 2018

SIM Global Education graduates Abdul Haris Jameel and Benjamin Koh, both have aspirations of pursuing a career in academic research and teaching. They are now a step closer to their dreams after being awarded an SIM postgraduate scholarship to pursue a Master’s programme.

The two SIM postgraduate scholarships, named after SIM pioneers Dr Richard K M Eu and Professor You Poh Seng, were presented at a ceremony in July at SIM HQ. Five SIM Global Education scholarships for students in undergraduate degree programmes and 21 SIM Global Education diploma scholarships were also presented.

“With your scholarship, your responsibility is to make the best of what you have been given and to use what you have gained in knowledge, skills and experience to make a positive impact on your community and the world,” urged Ms Junie Foo, Member, SIM Governing Council, who was the Guest-of-Honour.

Ms Foo presenting scholarship awards to Haris (left) and Benjamin (right). Haris, who has a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of London, will be continuing his studies in Statistics and Applied Probability at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Benjamin will be heading to the London School of Economics and Political Science to study Media and Communications, specialising in Data and Society.


Benjamin, who obtained Summa Cum Laude in his Communication degree awarded by the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, heeded Ms Foo’s advice. “Communications is fast changing and there are constantly new emerging technologies. I want to be part of the change in discovering the most effective ways to reach different groups and creating a more inclusive society through the effective communication of educational messages and programmes,” he said.

Mr Jonah Foong, an SIM Global Education scholarship recipient, summed it up with a touching tribute to all his fellow scholars. He said, “Regardless of our background, all of us have had to overcome some kind of adversity to get to where we are today. I salute the tenacity and resilience of all scholars, for which I am lucky to be counted among you. Continue chasing hurdles wherever you go, because if life is always smooth sailing, then you’re not doing it right.”

Jonah obtained a scholarship for his Bachelor’s degree programme in International Relations with the University of London.


SIM gave out more than $600,000 worth of scholarships and bursaries this year, with the bulk of the awards going into scholarships. 

The scholarship award recipients with Ms Foo (front row, 7th from left); Mr Ronald Tan, Executive Director, SIM (front row, 6th from left);
Mr Seah Chiong Tian, Group Director, SIM Group Corporate Services (front row, 5th from left);
and Ms Peggy Lim, Assistant Chief Executive, SIM Global Education (front row, 6th from right).

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