In commemoration of their 45th year of graduation in 2014, the classmates of the Pioneer Class of '69 raised funds to set up the Department's inaugural bursary, FASS Class of '69 Sociology Alumni Bursary Fund. The fund aims to benefit two students every year. Mr Yap Boh Tiong, one of the initiators of the fund, hopes that the students will also share the spirit of giving after benefitting from this class reunion gift. To read more about Mr Yap's inspiration behind this initiative, please click here.
The bursary was renamed to NUS Sociology Alumni Bursary Fund (initiated by Pioneer Class of '69) in 2016. This was done in the hope of inviting the larger Sociology family to contribute to the fund so that it can continue to grow in order to reach out to more financially needy students.
The bursary is valued up to $3000 and tenable for one year. For application details, please refer to the FASS Student Portal.
Dearest fellow, former graduates of NUS Sociology,
Do you reminisce the days fighting for space at the Central Library and the Arts Canteen and the nights studying for the exams or writing your thesis in the serene corridors of the campus? Do you cherish the friendships you forged with fellow students as you worked off the quirks of your lecturers together? Do you remember fondly the off-the-books experiences of student life that brought joy and love and sometimes pain that made you who you are today? As an alumna myself, I can say that I re-live these memories almost daily since I now have the privilege to teach at the Department.
As graduates of sociology, you would know, not everyone is so privileged to have such memories. The NUS Sociology Alumni Bursary Fund (initiated by Pioneer Class of '69) aims to help two students from underprivileged background each year to have the same opportunities to develop the rich experiences, friendship and memories of university education like other students. For one recipient this year, the bursary helps to lighten the burden of working to finance herself during the crucial Honours year. For another, the bursary has expanded her horizons to explore cultural activities such as Chinese dance and gave her the chance to go out and have better meals occasionally. These are things that regular students take for granted, and for which, the bursary recipients are grateful just to have a taste of before returning to the hard knocks of the real world.
The bursary was initiated by the Pioneer Class of '69 and the funds have helped many students to date. But we have been running down the funds. The Department would like to sustain the bursary so that it would continue to be a blessing to financially needy students. We hope you could join with the Pioneer Class of '69, imbibe in their spirit of generosity, of paying it forward, and contribute to the bursary. I thank you in advance and on behalf of the beneficiaries.
Professor Vineeta Sinha
Head of Department
Your gift will certainly have an immeasurable impact on the lives of our students. No gift is too small and we greatly appreciate the support provided by all our alumni and friends. If you are a Singapore tax resident, you will enjoy a tax deduction which is 2.5 times [250%] of the value of the gift.
To make a gift online, please click on the following hyperlink: NUS Sociology Alumni Bursary Fund (initiated by Pioneer Class of '69)
To make a gift by cheque, please download and fill in the appropriate gift form and mail it together with your cheque:Gift Form (for Individual Donor) Gift Form (for Corporate Donor)
We are always pleased to engage with alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends. If you would like to find out more about how you can contribute, how your gifts will be used, or how to set up a scholarship, bursary or grant, in the name of a personality or cause that you are passionate about, please do get in touch with us, through the contacts below:
Ms Jenny Tang
Assistant Manager, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Tel: (65) 6601 3926