About Campaign

ends 31 Dec 2019, 11:59 PM
There may be many bursaries available for the physically disabled, but no Scholarships honouring their efforts in education. This Scholarship was founded in memory of the late The Honourable Justice Tan Ah Tah decades ago and to date, more than 400 students have been helped with more than $300,000 worth of scholarships.

Two young ladies went to University because of this Scholarship Fund; one using the binoculars to decipher the lecturer's scribbles on the board, the other needing the magnifying glass to read the volumes of notes. Both were beneficiaries of SAWL's help through this scholarship. One graduated with a first class honours, the other with a 2nd Upper. Both are today working as research officers and contributing to the nation.

This is what the first class student has to say more than 10 years after receiving the scholarship: 'Without the worry of financial constraints, I was able to concentrate more on my studies and managed to do well. With the qualifications, I was able to get a stable job and am leading a happy life now.' The other, not content, with what she has already achieved pursued a masters degree, even though she has to read with a magnifying glass.

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About the Charity

SAWL Scholarship Fund was set up in December 1987, with the goal of furthering the educational needs of needy students with physical disabilities and special needs, who have displayed scholastic aptitude.

Having been established under the auspices of SAWL in memory of the late Honourable Justice Tan Ah Tah, the Fund later obtained its Institute of Public Character status in 2009. The name of the Fund was changed to SAWL Scholarship Fund in May 2016.

The Fund has also expanded its objectives to award scholarships and bursaries to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder ("ASD") and/or intellectual disability from secondary schools to tertiary institutions who demonstrate both financial need and academic promise. The students with ASD must:
- be so certified by a relevant medical professional or psychologist; and

- be attending any special education school registered with the Ministry of Education or any early intervention programme(s) registered with SG Enable or the National Council of Social Service.

Since 2018, a total of about 846 applicants have benefited from scholarships disbursed to Secondary Schools, Institute of Technical Education, Junior Colleges and Tertiary institutions. To-date, a sum of over $800,000 has been disbursed. SAWL prides itself on not having any administrative fees except for the compulsory auditor's fees or fund-raising costs, thereby ensuring that almost every dollar that is donated goes straight to the beneficiaries.


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