Study awards in memory of Lim Kim San - Aug 12, 2006 (ST)

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Study awards in memory of Lim Kim San

SPH Foundation offers eight scholarships for language studies at universities here.

Aug 12, 2006
The Straits Times

A BOND-FREE university scholarship for the study of any of Singapore's four languages in the local universities has been set up in the name of the late Mr Lim Kim San.

The Lim Kim San Memorial Scholarship, in a nod to his love for languages, seeks to put Singaporeans from low-income families through up to four years of undergraduate study in English Language, Chinese, Malay or Indian Studies.

The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation - which was Mr Lim's baby - will offer eight scholarships at any one time, each worth about $40,000. The sum will cover tuition fees and includes allowances.

Mr Lim was first the executive chairman of and then the senior adviser to Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) between 1988 and last year. His illustrious career before SPH saw him in key public sector appointments, including 18 years as minister holding various portfolios. He left politics in 1981.

SPH chairman Tony Tan, who succeeded Mr Lim as chairman of the SPH Foundation at the start of this year, said: 'The late Mr Lim Kim San's illustrious career and distinguished service to Singapore, the public sector and private enterprise is exemplary par excellence.

'With the scholarship, the SPH Foundation hopes to play a part to develop people who can contribute to Singapore in many ways as significantly as Mr Lim did.'

Mr Lim's children said that their father was always looking to help underprivileged Singaporeans, so his vision would live on through the award of these scholarships.

'Our late father would have been most honoured to have a memorial scholarship in his name,' they said.

To be eligible for the awards, current undergraduates and applicants have to be Singaporeans with family incomes of less than $3,000 a month. They must also have good academic results and co-curricular activity records.

Applications open today and have to be submitted by the end of the month to the SPH Foundation. Forms are downloadable from