Mr Ryan Foo is among one of the new recipients awarded the PIL – MaritimeONE scholarship this year. Ryan took a liking to maritime for its role in connecting people and countries, and will be pursuing a course in Maritime Studies at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) this month. However, the concept of maritime is not new to him, for his cousin, Mr Raymond Tan, was part of the programme back in 2010 and awarded the FSL Trust Management – MaritimeONE scholarship which enabled him to kick-start his career in the industry.
Mr Ryan Foo shares, “I remember picking him (Raymond) up from the airport when he returned from his Norway exchange, he had shown us some Norwegian paraphernalia and photographs of his experiences; i thought it was so cool that he was able to travel for work and studies, and I was intrigued with how fun his life was in the maritime industry. After speaking with him about the entry routes into the industry, I decided that I had nothing to lose, and applied for the scholarship. Today, I am just very grateful to be one of the recipients of the MaritimeONE scholarship programme!”
Mr Muhd Hadi also considered an education in maritime under the influence of his grandfather, Mr Juma’at Bin Hassan. Mr Muhd Hadi was awarded the SMA – MaritimeONE scholarship tonight and recalled, “My grandfather used to be a pilot at PSA Marine and told me stories all the time about his adventures at sea; this made me curious about the maritime industry. Later on, I visited Singapore Polytechnic’s Open House and was awe-struck by the navigation simulator housed within the school, and wanted to discover new things that I would be interested in. Maritime was definitely one of them.”
Since 2007, a total of 312 MaritimeONE scholarships worth more than S$8.2 million have been awarded to outstanding students to pursue courses in Singapore and overseas.
“In our drive as a leading International Maritime Centre (IMC), we have embarked on various initiatives to build up a strong maritime talent pipeline. Our investments in manpower are crucial in providing aspiring professionals with inroads into the industry and are a significant indication of our maritime clusters’ efforts to remain competitive.” said Mr David Chin, Executive Director at the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF), who was heartened by the strong support from the industry.
The MaritimeONE is now in its 10th year and to celebrate this milestone, initiatives such as the MaritimeONE Scholars Advance Programme, and a new microsite will be rolled out later this year.
Details regarding the MaritimeONE Scholarship Programme and its supported courses can be found in Annex A.
The Tripartite Maritime Scholarship (TMSS) is jointly sponsored by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), shipping companies, the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU) and the Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS). The scholarship aims to groom promising students to become Ship Captains and Chief Engineers of ocean-going merchant ships and future leaders of Singapore’s maritime industry.
A total of 12 TMSS scholarships valued at about S$900,000 were awarded at the ceremony, for students enrolled in the Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering diploma programmes offered at the Singapore Maritime Academy in Singapore Polytechnic. This year, corporate co-sponsors of the TMSS scholarships are PACC Ship Managers Pte Ltd, Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd, Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd and Sea Consortium Pte Ltd (X-PRESS FEEDERS).
Further details regarding the TMSS can be found in Annex B.