The Gift of Education

SAFRA’s bond-free Education Scheme is all about enabling dreams.

By Edmund Wee      15 July 2019

One of the key highlights of the scheme is that it is bond-free, pointed out Jethro Xu, who received sponsorship from the scheme and did a Bachelor in English Language and Literature at UniSIM in 2010. “Because of the sponsorship, not only did I graduate without the burden of a loan, I built up some savings. This allowed me to pick career paths and opportunities that I had a passion for rather than having to pick the highest-paying job, or the first job which came along, just for the money,” he explained.

Another big plus point about the scheme was that the application process was easy, shared Xu, a senior marketing manager at Lithan Academy. “Being 20 at the time, it was my first time facing a panel of accomplished professionals far richer than me in experience! I was so anxious, I stumbled over some of the questions and was a nervous wreck,” he said.

For Jethro Xu, SAFRA’s Education Scheme trumped other scholarship programmes in the market as it is bond-free.

“But I think, ultimately, I wore my heart on my sleeve and was earnest, sincere and almost brutally candid when answering their questions. That, I believe, was the deciding factor,” he said, looking back.

Indeed, aspiring applicants simply need to complete an application form from the respective institutions of choice and attach the necessary supporting documents for submission. Applicants also need to have completed full-time National Service and be a valid SAFRA Ordinary A or Ordinary B Member.

Being a recipient of the scheme can be truly life-changing, Khairilanwar said. “It’s a journey you won’t regret. Not only do you gain knowledge, but you will also forge great friendships.” He added that prospective applicants of the scheme should adopt the right mindset at the outset.


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