AmCham-SMU Scholarship

SMU-USC Program
America’s Pacific Century: Dialogue between the United States and Asia


In April 2013, the School of Social Sciences (SOSS) at Singapore Management University 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.


In 2012, students from the two universities worked together during a field trip to Los Angeles and organized a public forum in Singapore kindly hosted by AmCham to present policy reports with recommendations for the new foreign policy team under U.S. President Barrack Obama. Due to the costs involved, very few SMU students took up the opportunity.


In 2013, a one-week field trip to Washington DC was added to the program, further increasing the costs involved. However, with generous support from AmCham in 2013 and 2014, the number of SMU students participating in the joint course doubled as they enjoyed a one-time grant to help them defray some of their traveling costs to the United States. After which, AmCham hosted the public forum showcasing the students’ reports.



Jessie Yap
AmCham-SMU Scholar 2012-2016

Jessie Yap, a Business Management student at SMU, continues to be the recipient of the AmCham-SMU Scholarship for 2015. After advancing through a rigorous selection process by SMU and AmCham in 2012, Jessie surpassed over 108 other applicants to win the Scholarship. Her ongoing academic excellence, co-curricular achievements, and passion for leadership and business has rewarded her with AmCham Singapore’s continued admiration and support. The total value of the AmCham-SMU Scholarship is $24,000 and is used to cover tuition, books, and other student expenses.


About the Scholarship


AmCham Singapore’s strong community focus fueled the creation of the AmCham-SMU Scholarship, which 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 S$24,000 dispersed over 4 years in annual installments of $6,000, contingent upon the scholar’s continued academic excellence.


The scholarship began in 2004, when AmCham raised $400,000 from its members and donors to endow the AmCham-SMU Scholarship Fund. The funds were contributed by over 60 different member corporations and individuals, and through the proceeds of a silent auction held at the Ambassador’s Gala Dinner in September 2004. In particular, the scholarship was funded by American Home Assurance, Motorola Pte Ltd, Pacific Architects and Engineers, Neptune Orient Lines and Harrah’s Entertainment.
The Fund received three for one matching funds from the Singapore Government, bringing the total of the endowment fund to $1.6 million. The AmCham-SMU Scholarship is an initiative the Chamber is proud of and one that will help educate the future business leaders of Singapore.


For more information on the AmCham-SMU Scholarship, click here.


Past scholars

  • Amy Wan Wei-Ching (2004)
  • Denise Lim Si Hui (2005)
  • Nicole Wong Chuyu (2006)
  • Katherine Law Sze Sze (2007)
  • Nurul A’in Mohamed Yusop (2008)
  • Vanessa Lee Peifen (2009)
  • Stephanie Tay (2010)
  • Tan Meng Xin (2011)
  • Jessie Yap (2012)



The AmCham Scholarship enabled me to take advantage of more opportunities than I would otherwise have been able to and thus contributed to making my university experience a more fulfilling and rewarding one. In a truly altruistic spirit, AmCham has asked for nothing in return for this bond-free scholarship other than that their scholars develop into all-rounded leaders and scholars who contribute to society. I sincerely hope that the long line of scholars after me will continue to do AmCham proud.”
– Amy Wan, AmCham-SMU Scholar 2008


Initially, I was really pleasantly surprised. After the news sank in however, I felt very blessed and fortunate as I knew that I had just gained a plethora of opportunities that are not commonly available to undergraduates like myself. I am very grateful towards AmCham and its members and donors and I hope to use the money in the wisest way possible as well as to one day do for another what AmCham has done for me.
– Tan Meng Xin, AmCham Scholar 2011