Aspiring family and criminal lawyers can now apply for a SGD50,000 scholarship at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) School of Law.
The SGD2 million donation from the estate of Madam Irene Tan Liang Kheng, is for one or two SUSS School of Law students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Juris Doctor (JD) programmes each year, according to Straits Times.
“It is my desire that when they graduate, they will pay forward the kindness they received so that they can, in turn, create a culture of gratefulness, kindness and charity, to cultivate a society that cares for others,” Tan Hsuan Heng, Madam Irene’s nephew and executor of her estate said at the donation ceremony at SUSS yesterday.
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He hopes recipients of the scholarship, which will start from next year, will continue to uphold her generous spirit.
Madam Irene had passed away in 2017 at the age of 73.
To qualify, applicants must be a citizen of Singapore, with a monthly household per capita income of no more than SGD4,300, or with other evidence of financial difficulties. Applicants should possess good academic results, have previous social and community work as well as a strong possibility of practising family or criminal law.
According to SUSS President Cheong Hee Kiat said the School of Law was set up with a specific purpose to tune students towards the practice of family and criminal law.
“It is not about the head only, it is about the heart – an orientation towards practice that will help families in trouble and criminals needing advocates for the due process of justice to be administered,” he said.