Over SGD2m ($1.5m) in scholarships have been given out to 53 students by Singapore maritime industry for local and overseas studies, as part of the MaritimeONE Scholarships and Tripartite Maritime Scholarship (TMSS) programme.
“These scholarships, sponsored by the maritime industry, symbolise the commitment of the government and industry players to nurture the next generation of Maritime Singapore,” said Andreas Sohmen-Pao, chairman of MaritimeONE and the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF).
“This industry is a key pillar of Singapore’s economy, and with the great work of its participants, Singapore has become a leading global maritime hub today. I hope that more young Singaporeans will come forward and discover for themselves the many exciting opportunities that the maritime industry holds for them.”
Funds for the MaritimeONE Scholarships are pledged by various stakeholders in the maritime industry including shipping lines, shipyards and maritime services companies. This year, 37 MaritimeONE scholarships are sponsored by 19 organisations and are valued at more than SGD880,000.
MaritimeONE scholars are able to choose from a wide spectrum of 24 degree courses offered by local and overseas universities, as well as three diploma programmes at the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) in Singapore Polytechnic.
Since 2007, a total of 275 MaritimeONE scholarships worth more than SGD7.3m have been awarded.
This year, 16 TMSS scholarships valued at about SGD1.2m have benefited 16 students for them to enroll in Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering diploma programmes at SMA.
The TMSS scholarships are sponsored by companies including APL, NYK Shipmanagement, PACC Ship Managers, Pacific International Lines (PIL), and X-Press Feeders.