SINGAPORE: About 580 primary, secondary, pre-university and polytechnic students in Teck Ghee Division received their Teck Ghee CCC Bursary Awards in a ceremony held on Saturday (Jan 9) at Townsville Primary School.
Eligible students have a total household income of less than S$2,500, or a household per capita income of around S$625 or less.
This year's bursary of S$146,352 was raised by 73 donors from the community as well as 19 "7th Moon" (Seventh Month) organising groups. The annual grant has been around for about 30 years.
Speaking at Townsville Primary School, Guest-of-Honour Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong thanked the donors for their generosity and wished the students well in their studies.
Guest-of-Honour Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaking at the presentation ceremony. (Photo: Loke Kok Fai)
"This bursary is a little bit of help we can give you to buy your school uniforms, your books or your necessary stationary for the year, but treat it also as an encouragement," said Mr Lee, who is also a Member of Parliament for the Teck Ghee ward.
PM Lee Hsien Loong interacting with students and their families. (Photo: Loke Kok Fai)
"Work hard, do well and, next year, do even better. And when you graduate, you would be able to look after yourself and make a contribution back to society, and be able to help others just as others have helped you,” he added.
Around 20 other graduating secondary school students will also receive their awards once their 'O' level results are published.