Financial Aid for Students Training to be Care Professionals

Shan (right) and classmates formulating a customised lesson plan for children with special needs

Shan (right) and classmates formulating a customised lesson plan for children with special needs

Students with a passion for the care sector can now get financial assistance to pursue their education. The Temasek Cares – Healthcare Building Capability Project and Temasek Cares – Special Needs Building Capability Project were established to encourage more students to focus on healthcare and special needs.

Administered by the Agency for Integrated Cares (AIC) and the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), the programmes offer scholarships to registered nurses and students who intend to pursue careers as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and early-intervention teachers. Under these two projects, Temasek Cares has provided scholarships to 16 students since 2010.

Recipients are chosen based on academic performance, community service and their passion to serve in the sector.

Bamashankari D/O Saseendran (Shan) is one of those who has chosen to work in this field. “I love working with children, equipping and enabling them to succeed in life,” explains Shan, who is currently pursuing a diploma in Child Psychology and Early Education at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Through this programme, Shan will acquire practical skills such as curriculum planning and teaching approaches for children with special needs. “With this award, I do not have to be a financial burden to my parents. This way, I can fully direct my focus and attention to my studies.”

Given the positive response, Temasek Cares extended its support this year, for both programmes. The additional funding provides for a greater number of study awards for enrolled nurses and individuals specialising in speech therapy.