09 Nov 2012

12 Years of Community Care with SchoolBAG: Sembcorp Marine Contributes More Than $2.79 Million in Grants to 13,637 Needy Students Since 2001

Singapore, November 9, 2012: Sembcorp Marine continued to extend its community outreach efforts to needy students through its School Book Assistance Grant (SchoolBAG) programme with a contribution of $315,350 in grants this year to 1,578 student recipients from 85 schools. Now in its 12th year, the SchoolBAG programme has contributed more than $2.79 million in grants to 13,637 student beneficiaries.

The SchoolBAG scheme is one of several initiatives under Sembcorp Marine’s Community Social Responsibility Programme which is aimed at making a positive difference to the community.

As part of the programme, students from low-income families can utilise the SchoolBAG grants to purchase basic school supplies, such as school textbooks, uniforms and stationery items, as well as fund enrichment activities to meet their educational and developmental needs.

The SchoolBAG programme by Sembcorp Marine has broadened over the years, with recipient numbers and grant contributions almost doubling since the scheme was launched in December 2001.

Held for the second consecutive year at Woodgrove Secondary School, the SchoolBAG presentation ceremony witnessed student representatives receiving their grants from Guest-of-Honour Mdm Halimah Yacob, Minister of State, Ministry of Social and Family Development.

In her speech, Mdm Halimah Yacob commended the team at Sembcorp Marine for initiating the SchoolBAG programme and “for their generosity and selfless support in making a difference to the lives of our students”.

Mdm Halimah Yacob added that she is pleased that many corporations, such as Sembcorp Marine, have come forward with programmes to complement the various government schemes which provide social assistance and care for low-income families and the less privileged in the community.

“All these schemes will ensure that no child is left behind in education even if they do not have the financial capacity – allowing equal opportunity for all to flourish and benefit from our Education System,” she said.

Mr Ong Poh Kwee, Deputy President of Sembcorp Marine, said: “The SchoolBAG Programme reflects our steadfast commitment towards Community Responsibility – which is a core value we embrace in our organisation. Through SchoolBAG, we hope to foster a sustainable culture of caring for our community and to contribute back to society.”

“It is our belief that children and youths are the future pillars of our society and they should be given opportunities to grow their talents, discover their strengths and achieve their fullest potential regardless of their financial situation. We hope that with this grant, these children can also participate in activities, such as Arts and Craft, Music and Sports, that will help them not only in their studies but also in other areas of development.”

About SchoolBAG
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 and 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 / Pre-University students.

About Sembcorp Marine
Sembcorp Marine is a leading global marine and offshore engineering company specialising in a full spectrum of integrated solutions in ship repair, shipbuilding, ship conversion, rig building and offshore engineering & construction. The Group’s subsidiary yards in Singapore include Jurong Shipyard, Sembawang Shipyard, SMOE, PPL Shipyard and Jurong SML.

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