On 28 August 2011, the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA) held a scholarship award ceremony for the first batch of SFCCA Scholarship awardees at the musical gala “SFCCA night: Hometown charms”. The five awardees received their scholarship certificates from the guest-of-honor, Senior Minister of State, Ms Grace Fu.

The five scholarship awardees are Loh Hong Sheng Ian, Guo Dan, Zhuang Ying Han and Boey Foo Keong Jason from Hwa Chong Institution, and Xue Yi Heng from Dunman High School. They are the first batch of scholars after SFCCA launched the SFCCA Scholarship this year. They will be heading to China’s top universities for undergraduate studies, namely Tsinghua University, Peking University and Fudan University.

The five scholars will each receive a grant of S$15000 per academic year to cover their tuition fees and living expenses during their study in China. During the school holidays, the scholars will return to SFCCA to serve, so as to have a better understanding of SFCCA and different clan associations.

There is no bond for the SFCCA Scholarship. The association plans to launch projects for the scholars to gain a better understanding of the operations of the Chinese community associations during their service, and serve the Chinese community associations as volunteers after completing their studies, infusing new blood into the Chinese community.

The SFCCA Scholarship was launched by SFCCA at the start of 2011, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the association. Its purpose is to encourage local young people to further their studies in China’s top universities and cultivate bilingual and bicultural talents for Singapore.