SUSS receives SGD200,000 donation to establish two study grants funds promoting inclusive education

Singapore, April 22, 2021 – Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) received a donation of SGD200,000 from the Masonic Charitable Fund (MCF) to establish two SGD100,000 study grants funds – the MCF-Baey Lian Peck Study Grants Fund and MCF-R. Rawlings Horsburgh Lodge Study Grants Fund.

The study grants target to empower and support financially disadvantaged full- and part-time students pursuing an undergraduate education at SUSS. MCF established the two funds jointly with the family of the late Dr Baey Lian Peck, a senior freemason and a public service stalwart who chaired various statutory boards; and Horsburgh Lodge, a Masonic Lodge operating in Singapore since 1957.

To mark the establishment of these study grants funds, SUSS inked Gift Agreements with MCF, the Baey family, and Horsburgh Lodge. It was signed by Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President of SUSS; Dr Brian Shegar, Chairman of MCF; Mr Henry Baey, son of the late Baey Lian Peck; and Mr Robin Rawlings, Representative of Horsburgh Lodge.

Professor Cheong, who received the cheques on behalf of SUSS, said, “SUSS believes that education is an important social leveller, and should be made appropriately available to everyone regardless of their age, qualification, or financial background. MCF’s donation will enable more students who require financial assistance to have access to quality education and realise their full potential to build a better future. We hope this will create a positive ripple effect when they graduate and give back to the community in future.”

Dr Shegar said, “Freemasonry was introduced to Singapore in 1845. Sir Stamford Raffles was himself a Freemason. Charity is a cornerstone of Freemasonry and actively practiced by Masonic lodges. In 2019, the MCF was established as an educational charity to provide financial assistance to disadvantaged students studying in local universities, polytechnics, colleges of fine arts and ITE. We are delighted to establish the two funds to assist students enrolled with SUSS.”

A total of 20 study grants will be split equally between full- and part-time students annually. The study grants are valued at SGD1,000 for full-time and $500 for part-time students, who meet the following criteria:

• Monthly PCI of less than $2,250
• Attain a cumulative CGPA of 2.0

SUSS students who require these study grants for financial assistance, can apply through

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About the Singapore University of Social Sciences

Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) is a university with a rich heritage in inspiring lifelong education, and transforming society through social sciences. We develop work-ready graduates and work-adaptive alumni to their fullest potential through our 3H’s education philosophy – ‘Head’ for professional competency with applied knowledge, ‘Heart’ for social awareness to meet the needs of the society, and ‘Habit’ for passion towards lifelong learning. 

We offer over 80 undergraduate and graduate programmes, available in full- and part-time study modes, which are flexible, modular and inter-disciplinary, catering to both fresh school leavers and adult learners. SUSS also offers a broad range of continuing education and training modular courses for the professional skills upgrading of Singapore’s workforce. 

Our programmes and courses are made available through our five schools:

  • S R Nathan School of Human Development
  • School of Business
  • School of Humanities and Behavioural Sciences
  • School of Law
  • School of Science and Technology

To date, over 38,000 graduates have experienced our unique brand of education, and each year, about 15,000 students are pursuing their full- and part-time studies with us.

The Institute for Adult Learning (IAL), as part of SUSS, leads in the field of research on adult learning to build capabilities of the training and adult education sector in Singapore and beyond.  

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