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SPH will offer scholarships to those already in varsity

In casting the net wider, it is also giving study awards to post-grad students.

By Maria Almenoar
Jul 18, 2008
The Straits Times

SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH) will soon offer scholarships to those already in their second or third year of university, and also to those eyeing postgraduate studies.

Said SPH chairman Tony Tan on the move to cast the talent net wider: 'This is important as there may be students who will develop their interest in journalism at some point during their university studies.'

THE RIGHT CHOICE: Dr Tony Tan (left) conversing with recipients Lisabel Ting, Chia Yan Min and Derrick Ho at the SPH Foundation Scholarship Awards Presentation yesterday. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Besides SPH, the Public Service Commission also awards scholarships to undergraduates midway through university, to net those who for some reason did not apply for scholarships right after junior college or polytechnic.

At SPH's Toa Payoh North headquarters yesterday, Dr Tan presented this year's crop of scholarship holders with their certificates.

Of the seven, four will head overseas while three will study here. They have picked fields ranging from economics and psychology to communication studies, among others.

Six of the seven will be working for their basic degree, and the seventh, his master's.

The six undergraduates-to-be have spent the last half year interning at SPH newspapers, as a prerequisite of the scholarship, which recognises academic and co-curricular excellence, aptitude for journalism and character.

They are Miss Chia Yan Min, Mr Ng Soon Kiat, Miss Seow Kia Hui, Miss Lisabel Ting, Miss Charissa Yong and Miss Melody Zaccheus.

It was the internship that made it clear for many of them that journalism was the career for them.

Miss Yong, 19, who will study international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, said: 'I have always been interested in current affairs but it was only after doing the internship that I learnt what a viable career option journalism is. It is the best way to keep a pulse on the news of the world.'

Her peer at Raffles Junior College, Miss Chia, 19, said: 'It is not like any other job. You get to meet a lot of interesting people and you are not desk-bound.'

Mr Derrick Ho, 24, who will do his master's at the University of Missouri, will be working at for a year first.

The first-class honours student from Nanyang Technological University's School of Communications Studies said it was a good move to offer scholarships to those already in university or even graduates because it gives the individual a chance 'to settle down and decide what he really wants to do, career-wise'.

Dr Tan also presented scholarship certificates to 16 students who are children of SPH employees and newspaper vendors. They will be studying in local polytechnics, junior colleges and universities.

Four other students were awarded this year's SPH Foundation-Lim Kim San Memorial Scholarship for undergraduate studies in languages.

The bond-free scholarship is for those from families with monthly household incomes of $3,000 or less.