The Singapore University of Social Sciences has received a $200,000 donation from the estate of Choor Singh, former judge of the Supreme Court, to fund a new scholarship. The new law study award will recognize a maximum of two eligible candidates to enroll in the Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws programme at the university and grant them scholarships from 2019. The Study Award has been named after Choor Singh and is worth $10,000 and is free of bond. It is available for all citizens of Singapore who come from a family with a household income of less than $4,300 per month. The candidates would be deemed eligible only after they provide some acceptable proof of financial problems or hardship.
The university already has a similar scholarship. This is an addition to the existing grant available for students considering careers in law. Late Justice Choor Singh remains a celebrated legal luminary of the city state. The former judge of the Supreme Court began his career as a clerk and progressed to the acme in the legal profession. The scholarship will only consider candidates who have to endure financial hardships but it would also factor in academic credentials, involvement in community or social work and the likelihood of mastering and practicing criminal or family law.
The university has stated in a press release that Justice Singh was passionate and committed to serving the legal profession and the community. He was particularly interested in educational causes, having risen from humble beginnings himself and grown to the pinnacle of the justice system in the country. Throughout his life, Justice Choor Singh had contributed to several education charities. He was an active member of the Sikh community and was also an integral member of the Education Fund Trust for Indians in Singapore. The trust has provided financial assistance to deserving and needy Indian students in the country for many years now.
Dr. Daljeet Sidhu, son of the late judge, met the provost of the university to offer the cheque. Dr. Singh Sidhu shared how his father was always interested in helping students attain the higher education and specialization they aspire for. His father had studied law only when he was in his thirties. He had a family to support and he had to endure various hardships to continue his studies and power his career progression. The scholarship is aimed at finding meritorious and dedicated students who would otherwise not be able to or find it difficult to pursue a career in law. The scholarship does not exclude young working adults who have the necessary academic qualification to consider a career in law.
The Law Study Award and scholarship for two is available to all law students at the university. Applications for the scholarship will be accepted from August, 2018. The other scholarship is in the honour Madam Irene Tan Liang Kheng at the School of Law. It was instituted in January after her estate donated $2 million to the university to fund the award.
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