Two NTU student-athletes first to receive new Adam Scott Foundation Asia Scholarships
The Adam Scott Foundation Asia (ASFA) has selected two talented and needy student-athletes from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to be the first to receive the ASFA scholarships. Each scholar will receive $30,000 over four years of study. This is the first time since the ASFA scholarship programme was launched in August 2009 that the scholarships are being awarded to needy students pursuing NTU’s new Bachelor of Science in Sport Science and Management degree programme conducted by the National Institute of Education.
The two recipients, both 19, are Cheryl Lim, a track & field and cross-country student-athlete (alma mater: St Andrew's Junior College) and Crystal Wee, a track & field student-athlete and swimmer (alma mater: National Junior College).
The two aspiring sports professionals previously represented their school in national sports competitions, including the 'A' Division National Championships and other tournaments. They were selected for the ASFA scholarship based on their outstanding academic results and excellent track record of co-curricular activities. Their family's household income was another factor taken into consideration.
The ASFA scholarship programme was initiated by Mr Adam Scott, a 29-year-old Australian professional golfer. Mr Scott established the Adam Scott Foundation Asia in September 2008 to create a long-term sustainable foundation that will support and offer opportunities to young people in Asia. Mr Scott and his foundation found NTU’s sports degree to be the ideal programme to support, as it dovetails with their objective to develop qualified sport professionals with relevant industry knowledge and skills.
The ASFA scholarship programme, launched in partnership with NTU, aims to give recognition to talented, deserving students who are highly motivated to excel in the professional world of sport science and management. Ideally, the scholarship will encourage recipients to stretch themselves further and pave the way for good career opportunities in future.
NTU’s Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Science and Management is the first of its kind to be offered by a publicly-funded university in Singapore. The four-year, direct honours programme aims to produce professionals with the right knowledge and skills to prepare them for a successful career in the sports sector. The programme’s first cohort of undergraduates, who began their studies in August 2009, can expect to enter a thriving market by the time they graduate, as the sports industry’s value is targeted to reach $2 billion in GDP contribution by 2015. The pioneer cohort will also be among the University’s student volunteers to host and interact with the international athletes competing in the Youth Olympic Games, with NTU as the world’s first Youth Olympics Village.
There is no bond attached to the Adam Scott Foundation scholarship. However, the award recipients are required to undergo an internship programme (in Year 4) with specific industry partners recommended by the Adam Scott Foundation. The award recipients are also encouraged to join companies or organisations as recommended by the Adam Scott Foundation upon graduation.
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