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Hwa Chong Institution student awarded SPF Overseas Scholarship

Hwa Chong Institution humanities scholar Azfer Ali Khan will read law at Cambridge University.

SINGAPORE: The Public Service Commission presented its prestigious Singapore Police Force Overseas Scholarship to only one recipient this year. Last year, five SPF Scholarships were given out.

The PSC awards a selected number of scholarships a year, depending on the calibre of candidates. The scholarship award was presented to Azfer Ali Khan by Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean at the Istana on Tuesday (Aug 5).

Khan scored seven distinctions at the A-level examinations, and was a Humanities scholar at Hwa Chong Institution. He will read law at Cambridge University in the UK in September. Khan was born in Pakistan in 1995, and moved to Singapore in 2007, when he was in primary school.

He told Channel NewsAsia he aspired to join the police force, after applying for the SPF Book Prize in the first year of Junior College. "I was given the opportunity to attend information sessions, and attachments that allowed me to gain further insight to the work of an SPF officer. This allowed me to understand that my dream of becoming a story-teller, tied in very closely with that of an SPF officer, and from then on, I realised that it was something that I really wanted to do."

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