AmCham Singapore believes in giving back to the community and has been actively involved in various projects related to corporate social responsibility.
In April 2013, the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University (SMU) began offering a unique opportunity for SMU students to study and conduct collaborative policy research with students from the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California (USC). The joint course, which focuses on U.S.-East Asia relations, takes on a policy task force format. Due to the costs involved, very few SMU students took up the opportunity.
Ever since AmCham has provided an annual grant to help defray some of the traveling costs, the number of SMU students participating in the joint course has doubled.
The AmCham-SMU Scholarship assists Singapore’s business leaders of tomorrow with building the credentials and qualifications they need to launch successful careers.
The scholarship is open to Singaporean citizens or permanent residents enrolled full-time for a Bachelor of Business Management degree at the Singapore Management University. Scholars are chosen based on academic excellence, high co-curricular achievements, excellent leadership qualities, a demonstrated interest in business, and financial need. The Scholarship awards a total of $24,000 dispersed over 4 years in annual installments of $6,000, contingent upon the scholar’s continued academic excellence. Read more here.
Charity Partner of 2017
AmCham selects a charity or charity partner annually. Through this partnership, AmCham highlights the initiatives of the organization to its members and encourages its members to help the charity or charity partner achieve its objectives. AmCham members and staff help support key programs throughout the year.
This year, AmCham’s charity partner is the South East Community Development Council (SECDC). Spanning the scenic eastern coast of Singapore, the South East District comprises the Marine Parade Group Representative Constituency (GRC), East Coast GRC, Feng Shan Single Member Constituency (SMC), MacPherson SMC, and Mountbatten SMC; it is home to more than 500, 000 residents. The district includes some of the island’s most vibrant, historical, and beautiful neighborhoods, such as Geylang Serai, Joo Chiat, Bedok, and Marine Parade.
At the helm of the SECDC is Mayor Maliki Bin Osman, who firmly believes in the ‘ABCs of Community Bonding’ – Assisting the Needy, Bonding with the People and Connecting with the Community. As a social broker, SECDC works closely with its partners to support, facilitate, and empower community-initiated projects. Its doors are always open to proposals from schools, non-profit organizations, corporate companies, and individuals. It believes that everyone can make a difference. Read more here.