Pioneer batch receives Singapore’s first power sector scholarship

The power of four: (from left to right) Muhammad Rafiuddin Bin Samsudien, 17, Tay Wei Jia , 23, Teo Wen Xuan, 18, and Noor Nashriyah Binte Jalil, 19.

Four engineering students from the ITE, polytechnics and universities have been selected for Singapore’s first dedicated scholarship for the power sector, the Energy-Industry Scholarship (EIS).

One of the trailblazers is Noor Nashriyah Binte Jalil from the Singapore Polytechnic. Currently doing a Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, she shared that “engineering has always been known as a ‘man’s field’. With the opportunity that I have been given through this scholarship, I hope to prove to myself and society that women can do the job just as well, or even better, than men”.

Another scholarship recipient, Muhammad Rafiuddin Bin Samsudien from ITE College West, has been “interested in electrical work since young… this scholarship is the first step towards realising my dream of working in the power sector”. He will graduate with a Nitec in Electrical Technology (Power & Control).

The other three scholars - Tay Wei Jia, Noor Nashriyah and Teo Wen Xuan - are on mid-term scholarships. This means the scholarship covers the remaining two years of Noor Nashriyah and Wen Xuan’s Singapore Polytechnic diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and the final two years of Wei Jia’s four-year Bachelor in Electrical Engineering degree at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

That’s fine by Wen Xuan who adds that “as employers prefer employees with working experience, I do not have to worry about finding a job after studying as I would be bonded to the power sector. I am very thankful for being chosen for this scholarship because this is the first scholarship I have ever received in my life. This scholarship will help me financially during my course of studies as it will lighten the burden on my family”.

The four youths received their EIS award from Mr S Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade & Industry. The ceremony was held at the In Dialogue with Youth event during EMA’s annual Singapore International Energy Week 2014 (27 October – 1 November).

The scholarship is for Singapore citizens and permanent residents who will be or are studying relevant engineering courses at the Institute of Technical Education, polytechnics and universities (namely the Nanyang Technological University, NUS, Singapore Institute of Technology and Singapore University of Technology and Design).

Besides items such as tuition fees, hostel allowances and monthly living allowances, the EIS covers overseas exchange programmes, field trips and co-curricular activities. Scholars will also get opportunities to go on industrial attachments and interact with industry representatives at closed door events.

As for aspirations, Wei Jia shares that “Singapore has one of the most extensive, stable and reliable power systems in the world. Thus, I want to learn, work and progress with the best. In particular, I am really excited by the developments in the Smart Grid arena, and hope to be able to play a part in the development of Smart Grid technology in Singapore.”

“I will go all out to do the best that I can,” Wen Xuan adds, echoing the promise of this pioneering batch.

The EIS aims to develop and nurture talent for the power sector, which is critical to powering Singapore’s economy and our daily lives. The six sponsoring organisations participating in the inaugural run of the scholarship are Sembcorp Industries, Senoko Energy, Singapore LNG Corporation, Singapore Power, Tuas Power and YTL PowerSeraya. Noor Nashriyah and Muhammad Rafiuddin will join Singapore LNG Corporation after completing their studies, while Wei Jia and Wen Xuan will take up with Singapore Power and YTL PowerSeraya, respectively.

Applications for the Energy-Industry Scholarship will reopen in January 2015. More information is available at http://www.ema.gov.sg/eis.aspx