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4,500 needy students to benefit from S$750,000 education grant

The Education Grant, worth $250,000 annually, aims to defray their schooling expenses for basic educational items such as scientific calculators, assessment books and lab equipment.

SINGAPORE: Next year, 14-year-old Shawn Rajoo will receive the opportunity of a lifetime through the DSO National Laboratories (DSO)–South West CDC Education Grant. He will represent Crest Secondary School in the World Scouts Jamboree in Japan - a rare opportunity as his mother works part-time to provide for him and his younger brother.

"The Education Grant not only helps to support my school activities and family’s financial situation, it will also enable me to focus on my studies too,” said Shawn.

Over a three-year partnership between DSO and the South West CDC, a total of S$750,000 has been disbursed to over 4,500 needy secondary to pre-tertiary students in the district. The Education Grant, worth S$250,000 annually, aims to defray their schooling expenses for basic educational items such as scientific calculators, assessment books and lab equipment.

This year, DSO raised S$125,000 towards the Education Grant for the third consecutive year, with almost 300 staff taking time off from work to organise internal fundraising activities. In one of the activities, a group of 30 researchers scaled Mount Kinabalu and raised over S$14,000 through pledges.

The Education Grant seeks to reach out to the lower-income households, to help address schooling needs for students who do not qualify for National Assistance schemes while helping to alleviate their family expenses. Recipients are granted S$150 for Secondary level and S$250 for the JCs, Pre-U and ITE levels, respectively. The grant would help to defray approximately 50 per cent of school-going essentials for another 1,500 students this year from 37 Secondary schools and four pre-tertiary institutions in the South West District. 

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