In addition to the above, many academically strong SP Business School students have been awarded not only the prestigious bond-free SP Scholarship, but they have also received scholarships from external sponsors. Some of the valuable external scholarships that SP Business School students have received in the past include:
Singapore Technologies Telemedia Bursaries PAP Community Foundation Award Singapore Polytechnic Alumni Scholarship Lee Foundation Bursary Goh Foundation Bursary Challenger Scholarship Awards
In July 2010, our alumni, Chin Shi Yun Yammie received the Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award for excellence in her academic and non-academic achievements. Yammie has been credited by NTU as having maintained good balance between her academic studies, research work and co-curricular activities. She was Centre Head of the NTU Welfare Services Club and volunteer for three years. She was also Publicity Head for the NTU Psychology Society and Ambassador for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. In her research, she has also published her work in the Journal of Research in Personality.
The Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award was a great honour for the SP Business School graduate but the accolades do not stop there. As part of the award, Yammie was required to identify the influence of inspirational teaching and the enduring bond she has with her teachers. It is not surprising that Yammie was quick to acknowledge Mr Ken Kwan, our very own SP Business School lecturer. Likewise, Ken now has the distinction of nominating one student to receive a grant given by NTU upon admission.
On hearing the news, Ken was pleasantly surprised to be honoured in such a manner. He found it an innovative and impactful model for administering the award. He noted that the award serves to strengthen the bond between students and teachers which will only encourage excellence in teachers and possibly lead to even better students.
Ken who holds a BBA(Hons) Finance and MSc (Masters in Research) NUS, is a dedicated teacher who loves interaction with his students. He has a passion in sharing of experiences and his interest in design-related pursuits are evident. Admittedly, he pursues new insights and experiences in travel, lifestyle concepts, product and graphic design . While it always surprises people that Ken teaches statistics, it is obvious that his passion extends to his lessons to create a deep impression in his students.
MR ONG CLINTON
From Ice Cream Push Carts to the Courts of Law
Awards won Toh Chin Chye Gold Medal Jurong Shipyard Gold Medal Shell Companies in Singapore Prize Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry Prize MVO Marketing Prize
Self-professed “serial class sleeper” Ong Clinton always has a knack for business and it has been his ambition for the longest time to strike out on his own. “I’ve been exposed to business concepts since my secondary school days when I took charge of the student-run ice cream shop in the school”, he recalls. “From then on, I developed a strong interest for business start-ups and operations.”
He enrolled in a junior college for three months before getting his ‘O’ level results, as did the majority of his peers from Anglican High School. But he found the curriculum too dry. With an aggregate score of six points, he chose to study Business Administration at Singapore Polytechnic (SP).
“What made the choice easier for me was the fact that both my siblings were SP graduates and they spoke very highly of the institution and have very fond memories of their time here”, he explains. Clinton is a dynamic young man with many interests outside of the classroom. He held several key leadership positions in his CCAs, including being President of the Anglican High School Choir and Vice-President of SP’s School of Business Club.
His most memorable and enriching experiences at SP include leading a group of students on a 14-day overseas community service project to Cambodia and his overseas internship in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the Middle East. “These trips truly broadened my perspective on life, that happiness is not solely measured by materialistic wealth”, he says.
Graduating with a GPA of 3.964, Clinton has already been offered a place to read Business Administration (Accountancy) at the National University of Singapore and is awaiting scholarship offers. He looks forward to challenging himself in unfamiliar surroundings and hopes to be more vocal which explains his desire to read law either locally or in the United Kingdom after national service.
MR SURESH KUMAR SARAD
The Click of Success
Awards won Low Guan Onn Gold Medal IDA Gold Medal Shell Companies in Singapore Prize Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry Prize Tiger Airways Prize
Suresh Kumar Sarad first ventured into the world of online commerce at the tender age of 12. With the desire of making an income and his innate curiosity, Suresh dabbled in online marketing via Pay Per Click (PPC). His “business” earned him US$200, a huge amount for a child. That first taste of earning his own keep drove him to learn more about online business models and engine optimisation.
After graduating from Victoria School with excellent grades, Suresh chose to study Business Information Technology at Singapore Polytechnic (SP) as he was determined to gain more knowledge in this field and at the same time develop holistically. Suresh said: “In the past, I only focused on my studies. But in SP, I had a more balanced and holistic education. I took on co-curricular activities, did community service and had the opportunity to travel overseas for my internship.” He graduates with a GPA score of 3.993.
One of his personal achievements was being the pioneer student in SP to travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for his internship. Working as an IT webmaster, he delivered a high quality of work that was recognised by his middle-eastern employer. With the experiences gathered Suresh founded Creed Media Pte Ltd, a flash game advertising company, together with his course mates from SP.
Despite it being a good business initiative, Suresh and his team faced a daunting challenge – they had no funding to build an advertising engine. After countless brainstorming sessions with lecturers and rigorous rounds of practice, the group finally hit gold when SPRING Singapore agreed to fund their project with $50,000 under the YES! Startups Scheme. The company signed on their first client in August 2009 and since then, big names like Microsoft, F&N, SingTel, Kaplan, Anderson’s and ERC Institute have jumped onto the bandwagon.
Suresh, winner of the Low Guan Onn Gold Medal, has been offered places both at Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore. He intends to pursue a Degree in Business Administration and sees himself, in 20 years’ time, helming a successful company at the forefront of technological innovation.
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