Sembcorp Marine SchoolBAG Programme Helps Some 15,000 Needy Students Through More Than $3.2 Million in Grants Over 14 Years
Singapore, October 10, 2014: Sembcorp Marine marked another year of helping needy students in the community through its School Book Assistance Grant (SchoolBAG) programme, with grants of $266,000 given to 1,298 beneficiaries from 85 schools in 2014. Now in its 14th year, the SchoolBAG programme has contributed more than $3.2 million in grants to over 15,000 student beneficiaries since its inception in 2001.
Through the SchoolBAG scheme, the Group aims to help lighten the financial burden of low-income families by subsidising their children’s educational expenses. Student recipients can use the SchoolBAG grants to purchase basic school supplies such as school textbooks, uniforms and stationery items, as well as fund enrichment programmes to add to their holistic development.
The SchoolBAG scheme is one of several initiatives under Sembcorp Marine’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme and is open to Primary, Secondary school as well as Junior College students from financially disadvantaged families.
With the strong support of the Ministry of Education (MOE) and schools, the broadening of the SchoolBAG programme over the last 14 years has seen recipient numbers and grant amounts double since the start of the scheme.
The Guest-of-Honour, Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health, and Mr Hawazi Daipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Manpower, graced the SchoolBAG presentation ceremony held at Bukit View Primary School, where grants were given out to student representatives from the participating schools.
In his speech, Mr Gan commended principals, teachers and partners of the community for their support, and encouraged them to “continue to work together to support, nurture and empower students” to reach their goals and achieve their dreams.
Mr Gan also commended Sembcorp Marine for initiating the SchoolBAG programme as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative. He also lauded the Group’s efforts in caring for the less privileged in the community and for their “selfless support in making a difference to the lives of our students”.
Mr Ong Poh Kwee, Deputy President of Sembcorp Marine, said in his speech that the SchoolBAG programme reflects the Group’s “steadfast commitment towards Community Responsibility”. He added that through the scheme, the Group seeks to bring about beneficial change to society and improve the lives of students and their families. Mr Ong also expressed his appreciation to the principals, teachers and staff from the participating schools for their dedication to this cause.
The SchoolBAG programme is a Community Care & Responsibility Programme initiated by Sembcorp Marine in December 2001. The scheme involves a yearly one-off lump sum financial assistance contribution to needy students studying full-time in government, government-aided or independent schools at Primary, Secondary level and Junior Colleges.
The SchoolBAG grant amount, accorded based on the recipients’ level of study, is at $150 each for Primary 1 to 3 students, $200 each for Primary 4 to 6 students, $250 each for Secondary students and $300 each for Junior College students.
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