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SPH widens talent net with mid-term scholarships

Providing mid-term scholarships is another way for SPH to cast its net wider to seek out journalistic talent.

Jul 18, 2008
The Business Times

CASTING its net wider for journalistic talent, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has now opened its journalism scholarships to undergraduates who are already into their second or third year of studies.

SPH chairman Tony Tan said yesterday that the group would award the scholarships 'in the later part of the year to some deserving candidates'.

Dr Tan was speaking at a joint SPH and Singapore Press Holdings Foundation scholarship awards ceremony.

'Providing mid-term scholarships is another way for SPH to cast its net wider to seek out journalistic talent. This is important as there will be students who will develop their interest in journalism at some time during their university studies.'

Dr Tan added that SPH was also offering scholarships to graduating university students who wish to pursue their Masters degree.

Among the seven who received their journalism scholarships yesterday, Derrick Ho comes under this category. A recent Nanyang Technological University graduate, Mr Ho decided to join The Straits Times online team following a stint at the paper in his final year.

At his job interview to work at, SPH offered to sponsor his studies for a Master of Arts in Journalism at the University of Missouri, renowned for developing the world's first journalism course in 1908.

'I intend to specialise in online journalism as I believe that is where there is great potential as SPH actively develops its business in new media platforms,' said Mr Ho.

In his speech, Dr Tan also said: 'While we invest in the future of SPH by identifying talent through journalism scholarships, we have also not forgotten the contributions of our staff and news vendors who are key partners to our success.'

He presented 16 scholarships to the children of SPH staff to study at local universities, polytechnics and junior colleges.

Four students from low-income families also received bond-free scholarships from Dr Tan, who is also the chairman of SPH Foundation. The SPH Foundation Lim Kim San Memorial Scholarship gives awards to needy students who choose to study English language or mother tongue at undergraduate level.