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Lim Bock Kee Bursary

Established in 2016, the bursary is available to full-time undergraduates at the Singapore Management University.  It is aimed at providing financial assistance to needy and deserving undergraduates and motivating them to achieve academic excellence.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time undergraduates enrolled in any degree programme.
  • Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
  • Possess good academic results
  • With active co-curricular activity and community involvement
  • With demonstrable financial needs


  • $6,120 (towards tuition fee)
  • Tenable for one year of study
  • May be in concurrent receipt of another bursary for cash allowance, subject to fulfillment of its eligibility criteria.

Application Process

Shortlisting of candidates for consideration will be from the list of applicants applying for SMU-Administered bursaries in the year of award.


Centre for Student Financial Assistance
Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Assistance

About the Donor

This bursary was funded by donations from 15 grandchildren of Lim Bock Kee to commemorate their grandfather’s long career in three banks – Ho Hong Bank, OCBC Bank and HSBC Bank.

Lim Bock Kee (born 22 August 1894, died 4 January 1976) was the son of Lim Kim Seah and Wee Hian Neo.
A forward-think parent, he strongly believed in the importance of educating sons and daughters. He sent all four daughters to Australia for their tertiary studies in the early 1940s. In a remarkably prescient act, he transferred to Australia sufficient funds for their tuition and living expenses for the entire period of study – a move that enabled his daughters to continue their studies during the Japanese Occupation when funds could not be remitted from Singapore. 
A financially astute investor and a frugal man, the cars he bought were functional rather than luxurious. He also found an ingenious way to comply with Confucius’ precept that five generations of a family should live together – without generating familial discord. Mr Lim bought four houses on Ramsgate Road and two on a parallel street, Margate Road, to house his children – a move that inculcated in his grandchildren a strong familial bond that endures today.
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Last updated on 20 Mar 2018.