Once a recipient,
now a big donor
HELPING to sustain the MWS Bursary Awards are individuals such as Mr Terence Wee, who give back to the community that helped them in the past.
The eldest of three children of a factory foreman and housewife, Mr Wee received a bursary from a Methodist organisation when he was in his first year at junior college in 1981.
“Though we were not wealthy, the family always emphasised education for all the kids,” he recalled. Today Mr Wee is the Executive Vice-President of a management consultancy and training development company. His siblings have also obtained higher education qualifications.
The impact of the $300 bursary Mr Wee received 27 years ago surfaced recently as he was thinking of returning the favour. “I was trying to find a meaningful channel, and after some thought the MWS was the fairly logical candidate because of the bursary I had received,” he said.
Mr Wee donated $50,000 towards the MWS Bursary Awards. He also hopes to set up a scholarship/bursary and mentoring programme for junior college students from low-income families to help them have as high an education as possible, instead of dropping out due to financial constraints.
“I want to make an incremental difference to people beyond just giving money,” he said.
MR TERENCE WEE:
Grateful he received a
bursary 27 years ago.