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8 September 2011

SP students who were awarded with the Integrated Infocomm Scholarships.

Singapore Polytechnic (SP) made a clean sweep of the Integrated Infocomm Scholarships (IIS) this year, with its students clinching 23 out of the 48 awards given out by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) to develop young talents for the technology sector.

The Year 1 students from SP Design School, SP Business School, and the School of Digital Media and Infocomm Technology were presented with the scholarship at a presentation ceremony on 30 July 2011, at the School of the Arts.

This scholarship is awarded to outstanding 'O' level students to pursue polytechnic-cum-university studies in digital media and infocomm-related courses. On top of sponsorship for their tuition fees and other allowances, the scholars will also have valuable opportunities for industry attachments to major infocomm corporations locally and overseas.

One of the recipients of the IIS, Tan Jia Lin from the Diploma in Digital Media, chose this course to pursue her passion in design and infocomm. Her interest in this area was first sparked when she started exploring the world of blogging during her secondary school days.

Another IIS holder, Alan Bong Jun Hao from the Diploma in Financial Informatics, credited SP lecturers for his award.

He said, "I have not thought of applying for the IIS until I went to SP for course advice during JAE (Joint Admissions Exercise), where the lecturers handed me the IIS brochure and encouraged me to apply. So I guess I would never have gotten this scholarship if I did not visit SP!"

As for his future aspiration, Alan hopes to become a Chief Information Officer, where he can put his IT skills to improve the flow of information and increase the productivity and efficiency of his future employer.

"I believe that IT is the way to go, and I want to be a part of this wonderful industry!"

To add icing to the cake, three SP alumni were also awarded the National Infocomm Scholarships by IDA. The duo will be pursuing a Bachelor in Computer Science at the National University of Singapore.



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