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MPA and MaritimeONE scholarships target young talent

MPA and MaritimeONE scholarships target young talent

Singapore: Despite the economic downturn, the Lion republic's maritime community is stepping up efforts to attract bright young talent to the sector. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and a number of key maritime industry players awarded 40 outstanding students with scholarships and sponsorships at the MPA and MaritimeONE Scholarship Awards Ceremony yesterday.  Of these students, 24 will be pursuing their bachelor degrees and 16 will be pursuing diploma studies at the Singapore Maritime Academy in Singapore Polytechnic.
 
Organised for the second time, the joint MPA and MaritimeONE Scholarship Awards Ceremony included scholarships and sponsorships such as MPA Scholarships, MPA Sponsorships, Tripartite Maritime Scholarship Scheme (TMSS), Seafaring Alternative...An Investment For Life (SAIL) scholarships and MaritimeONE Scholarships.
 
"Despite the downturn, the maritime community remains very supportive of the scholarships and sponsorships under the MaritimeONE initiative," said MPA chairman Lucien Wong, who presented the scholarships at the ceremony. "I would like to thank our maritime industry and the Singapore Maritime Foundation for their continued commitment to grow and nurture maritime talent."
 
"We are pleased to announce that there are a total of 17 MaritimeONE Scholarships this year, up from 14 at the inaugural awards ceremony last year," said S.S. Teo, chairman of the MaritimeONE Steering Committee and SMF. "These scholarships are worth S$438,500, adding to over S$1.6 million committed by maritime businesses to the MaritimeONE Scholarship since its launch in 2007.  This marks the strong pledge by the maritime industry to grow the maritime talent pool in Singapore."
 
The MaritimeONE Scholarships are funded by sponsoring maritime companies. For 2009, the six sponsoring companies are Lloyd's Register Educational Trust, Pacific Carriers Limited, Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd, SingaporeMaritimeAcademy in Singapore Polytechnic, SMA-SMTC-Global (S) Pte Ltd, and TORM Singapore Pte Ltd.
 
Selected from 687 applicants, the 40 recipients of the scholarships and sponsorships will be pursuing higher education at prestigious local and overseas universities and the SingaporeMaritimeAcademy in Singapore Polytechnic.  [04/08/09]
 

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