The President’s Scholarship award ceremony held at the Istana yesterday was widely reported in the local media. The scholarship is the most prestigious of all undergraduate awards given out by the Public Service Commission, and only four to six awards are handed out each year.
The Straits Times (ST) carried a prominent piece on Stefan Liew Jing Rui (Class of 2020), who is one of the five President’s Scholarship recipients this year. ST and TODAY highlighted that as a recipient of the President’s Scholarship, Stefan, could have chosen to go to almost any university in the world, but has decided to enroll in local liberal arts college Yale-NUS College. Stefan, who is also a Singapore Police Force scholarship holder, was quoted in reports saying that ‘a liberal arts college will provide me with a different perspective’, and also allow him to stay close to his family. He decided to sign on with the police force after a short internship last December during which he went on patrols, and was inspired by the work done by the police and the fact that they worked with a wide range of organisations. Stefan told the media, “”Pursuing (academic) excellence does not have to come at the expense of losing precious family time”.
ST noted that the last President’s Scholar to study in a local university was a student who was awarded the scholarship in 2014 to study medicine at the National University of Singapore. Reports noted that the other 4 President Scholarship recipients will be pursuing their studies in overseas universities.