Bursaries for Tertiary Students
Sowing the seeds of love and kindness in the younger generation
From 2009 till 2016, Tzu Chi implemented the Seeds of Hope Financial Assistance Scheme, which provided meal and transport allowances to needy students. During the 8-year programme, more than 120,000 payments were delivered to needy students in 102 schools. In 2015, Tzu Chi targeted the financial needs of tertiary students and established a bursary programme that had benefited eight needy students from Singapore Management University (SMU) with an annual grant of S$8,000 each.
Tzu Chi extended financial aid to these students in order to help reduce their financial burden, thereby increasing their chances of completing their tertiary studies despite their humble family circumstances. At the same time, SMU also encouraged the students to actively serve as Tzu Chi volunteers, to contribute back to society with care and love.
In 2017, the bursary programme was extended to three more institutions, namely, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), and the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). The lists of potential beneficiaries are provided by the schools and are subject to evaluation by Tzu Chi’s home visit teams.
For information on how to apply, please visit the following websites:
Singapore Management University (SMU)
Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)
Stories of Love and Compassion
Sprouting Seed of Great Love
Year Two undergraduate, Lim Anyu, is a beneficiary of Tzu Chi’s bursary programme. He brought his bamboo coin bank filled with savings, accumulated in dribs and drabs, to the Jing Si Hall during the bursary award ceremony, and donated the money to Tzu Chi’s Charity Fund. He shared, “This bursary means a lot to me personally. It has enabled me to concentrate on my studies without having to give tuition to earn an income to make ends meet. I’ve always hoped to do something for Tzu Chi, and thus I’ve saved the spare change from my daily pocket money into the bamboo coin bank.”
Dedicated Tzu Chi volunteers held a string of festive performances and prepared sumptuous CNY-themed dishes to welcome the Foundation’s Chinese aid and care recipients from across the island to an early celebration of the Lunar New Year.
At the Seeds of Hope Meritorious Award and Bursary Disbursement Ceremony, a short skit about how student beneficiaries learned to do recycling was staged, to encourage more students to join the recycling movement.
The earthquake that hit Indonesia’s Sulawesi at the end of September this year has resulted in massive property losses and left many dead and injured. To help the disaster victims rebuild their homes, Tzu Chi Merit Organization has launched a one-month lo