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.