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Thio Kok Foe & Choo Kim Beng Bursary Grant

About the Bursary

Established in 2013, the Thio Kok Foe & Choo Kim Beng Bursary Grant aims to provide financial assistance to full-time undergraduates at the Singapore Management University and to motivate them to achieve all-round excellence.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Full time first year SMU undergraduates in any degree programme
  • Any nationality
  • Good academic results with demonstrated leadership skills and character
  • Active CCA and community involvement
  • Evidence of financial hardships with gross monthly household per capita income not exceeding $2,400

Tenure and Benefits

  • Each bursary grant is valued at $10,000 and tenable for one year of study.
  • The bursary will offer financial support towards the recipients’ annual tuition fees and/or study-related expenses.


Not required

Tuition Grant Scheme

  • The recipients are required to take advantage of the Tuition Grant Scheme (TGS) provided by the Singapore Government for subsidised education.
  • Under the TGS, non-Singaporean recipients (including Singapore Permanent Residents) will be contractually obliged to work for Singapore-based companies for 3 years upon graduation.


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

The Thio Kok Foe & Choo Kim Beng Bursary Grant is made possible from the proceeds of an endowed sum by Dr Della Suantio Lee and the D S Lee Foundation.

Dr Della Suantio Lee is the founder-chairperson of the D.S. Lee Foundation, which she established in 2004 to improve the quality and status of nursing in Singapore through scholarships and related partnerships.  Education is also a strong focus of her philanthropy.  Through her foundation, Dr Della Suantio Lee has championed numerous causes in healthcare, education, art, culture as well as social and community projects.

Dr Della Suantio Lee is the granddaughter of the late Thio Siong Soe, a well-known Indonesian philanthropist and long-time business associate of the late Lee Kong Chian.  She is married to Dr Lee Seng Gee, the eldest son of the late Lee Kong Chian and a key benefactor of SMU through the Lee Foundation.

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Last updated on 20 Mar 2018.