Irene Tan Liang Kheng Scholarship

The Irene Tan Liang Kheng Scholarship was established to support financially disadvantaged but deserving undergraduates enrolled in the Nursing degree programme at the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT).

Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

  • Applicable to first-year undergraduates who are pursuing the full-time Nursing degree programme offered by the Institute.
  • Are Singapore Citizens.
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 every academic year
  • Have made significant contributions beyond academic studies to the Institute or the community.
  • Are humble, willing to help others and passionate about nursing.
  • Preference will be given to financially needy applicants whose Gross Monthly Household per Capita income is less than or equal to the Ministry of Education’s ceiling for Gross Monthly Household per Capita income.

Benefits and Obligation of Scholarship

  • Each Scholarship, valued at $7,500, is applicable for full course of studies of the recipient, up to two (2) academic years, subject to the recipient maintaining the academic performance and continued observance of the eligibility criteria.
  • The Scholarship shall be used for the Recipients’ educational expenses such as tuition fees, course materials, expenses for any overseas immersion programmes conducted by the Institute, and fees for other educational activities organised by the Institute.
  • Recipients who have already been awarded the Scholarship for one year of study may apply to receive and be considered for the Scholarship in a subsequent year of study, subject to the fulfilment of the above selection criteria, and with the recommendation of the Institute and the selection by the Selection Committee.
  • Recipients of this Scholarship may not accept other scholarship(s) concurrently.

About the Donor

The Irene Tan Liang Kheng Scholarship for nursing undergraduates at SIT is made possible by a gift from the Estate of Irene Tan Liang Kheng.

Mdm Tan was an investor and philanthropist. She was married to Mr Ong Tiong Tat, who was a close friend of Mr Koh Choon Joo, or CJ Koh. After Mr Koh suffered a stroke in the 1980s, Mr Ong and Mdm Tan were his caregivers. They also hired nurses to look after Mr Koh.

The nurses’ dedication to caring for Mr Koh, and their willingness to make sacrifices for others, touched the Ongs. The Ongs also learnt from them that financial support for nursing students had been scarce. Grateful to nurses, the couple decided to support them. In 2002 Mr Ong made a gift to the Nanyang Polytechnic to set up the CJ Koh Bursary for nursing diploma students.

Now, Mr HH Tan, Mdm Tan’s nephew and the executor of her estate, has carried on Mr Ong and Mdm Tan’s legacy by establishing the Irene Tan Liang Kheng Scholarship for nursing undergraduates at SIT.

Mr Tan hopes to enable more deserving nursing students, who will go on to make a difference in the healthcare sector.

The Estate also supports medical research, medical students and medical professionals.

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How To Apply

Applications for Public Bursaries, Donated Bursaries & Scholarships will commence in July 2022. Do keep a look out for more information which will be sent to your SIT e-mail address.

Matriculated students may access the online application form via the SIT Student Intranet - IN4SIT.

Applicants will need to complete and submit the online application form after uploading all required supporting documents through the application portal by the given deadline. Scholarship applicants are expected to upload an endorsed Letter of Recommendation and their SIT Record of Achievement (where applicable).