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Updated: 07/16/2013 19:27 | By Channel NewsAsia

South West CDC to launch S$1m bursary

South West CDC to launch S$1m bursary

South West CDC to launch S$1m bursary

SINGAPORE: The South West Community Development Council (CDC) will be launching its ComCare Bursary during its District Meeting on Wednesday, said its Mayor and Minister of State, Dr Amy Khor.

The South West ComCare Bursary is targeted at polytechnic students from low-income families to help them defray part of their schooling expenses.

It also contains a community service component to encourage the students to pay it forward through involvement in grassroots projects that will benefit the community.

The bursary is made possible through the donation of Koh Kock Leong (KKL) Enterprise, which is matched dollar-for-dollar by the CDC.

A total of S$1.08 million will be set aside over four years to enable 540 bursaries, worth S$500 each, to be given out in a year.

Applications will be open from August 1 for one month. The recipients will need to fulfil at least two days of community service within a year with respective grassroots organisations of the constituency they live in.

The CDC hopes that this could spark an interest in volunteerism among the bursary recipients, encourage them to take ownership of the community they live in and promote greater awareness among them that they too can contribute to the community.

The CDC added that in the last fiscal year, close to 28,000 residents in the South West District were assisted by it through the national social assistance schemes.

The CDC successfully placed more than 2,500 job seekers in employment, which represents a three per cent increase from the previous year.

- CNA/fa

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