A scholarship programme for undergraduates from Singapore has been launched at Fitzwilliam College, thanks to a new donation from ST Telemedia.
The ST Telemedia – Lee Kuan Yew Undergraduate Scholarship will build on the historic connection between Fitzwilliam College and Singapore by providing opportunities to outstanding Singaporean students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The awards, made on the basis of academic excellence, will cover tuition fees and a living and travel allowance. One new scholarship will be awarded every year for the next four years to students affected by disability, bereavement or financial disadvantage. The first scholarship will be awarded in October 2020.
In 2016, Fitzwilliam College established The Lee Kuan Yew Fitzwilliam Scholarship Fund in honour of Lee Kuan Yew, who studied Law at the College from 1947-1949 and was later an Honorary Fellow. The inaugural scholarships were created for talented Masters and PhD students working in fields connected to Singapore, and to act as a memorial to Lee Kuan Yew, reflecting his strong belief in the power of education.
Professor Nicola Padfield, Master of Fitzwilliam College, said: “First Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew studied Law at Fitzwilliam House, which is now Fitzwilliam College. He was later elected an Honorary Fellow.
“We remain a dynamic, welcoming and international community with strong ties to Singapore.
“Fitzwilliam was founded 150 years ago specifically to improve access to Cambridge for a much broader range of students. We continue that tradition by seeking to ensure that every student, whatever their background, can fulfil their potential and take advantage of the rich opportunities offered at the College and the University.
“This announcement marks a tremendously exciting development of Fitzwilliam College's ongoing relationship with Singapore. Four scholars from modest backgrounds will get the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Lee Kuan Yew and join our wonderful Fitzwilliam community.”
ST Telemedia is a global investor in communications and media, data centres and infrastructure technology businesses based in Singapore. The latest scholarships for undergraduates will offer an invaluable opportunity to pursue academic aspirations at top universities. ST Telemedia has also launched scholarships in partnership with Somerville College, Oxford, and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.
Over the past 150 years, more than 150 students from Singapore have come to Fitzwilliam College. The ST Telemedia – Lee Kuan Yew Undergraduate Scholarship will build on this historic connection by investing in the next generation of outstanding young scholars, and promoting intellectual exchange between Singapore and the University of Cambridge.