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Set up in 2010, the MILK Scholarship is aimed at empowering promising young persons who come from low-income households. It ensures that promising and deserving youth are not denied a tertiary education because of financial hardship. We believe that through higher education these disadvantaged youths will realize their fullest potential and break out of their poverty cycle.
In 2014 MILK Education Fund, an extension of the MILK Scholarships was set up in partnership with 7 Voluntary Welfare Organisations to empower these organisations to advocate for the families they serve with children in need of tertiary education. They are Bethesda Care & Counselling Services Centre, Care Corner Singapore Ltd, Lakeside Family Services, South Central Community Family Service Centre Ltd, Students Care Service, TRANs Family Services and Kampong Kapor Family Service Centre.
“The MILK Scholarship has given me the opportunity to receive quality education and to excel in life. I am now able to see further and aim higher! I want to continue challenging and seeking new boundaries."
"I have been helped by MILK but I know one day after graduation, I will be able to help myself, my mother, and
other people in need."
MILK BURSARY FOR ASSUMPTION PATHWAY SCHOOL STUDENTS
MILK has provided bursaries for the needy students of Assumption Pathway School (APS) since 2010. APS caters to students who have failed the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) once or more than once, as well as students who prematurely leave secondary school. Many students in APS come from low-income or dysfunctional families. This group of students have difficulty paying for school fees, managing cost of transportation to and from school, food during recess, school uniforms, stationeries and school magazine. Without assistance, they are at risk of dropping out of school.
milk bursary for st anthony's canossian secondary school students
Since 2012, MILK has partnered St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School (SACSS) to support the St. Magdalene Bursary, which complements the MOE Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS). This bursary enables needy students to meet school-related expenses, thereby ameliorating the burden of financial hardship. SACSS is a designate school for hearing impaired students. The school also supports students with a range of special needs such as Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and selective-mutism. The bursary covers meal allowances, transport costs and miscellaneous items such as the purchase of resource books, semester collection for enrichment programmes, school magazine subscriptions and cost of printing notes.
Assistive technology fund supplement
Since 2006, MILK’s support has enabled people with disabilities from low-income families purchase Assistive Technology devices. These devices are necessary for them to pursue mainstream education or gain open employment. Through our partnership with SG Enable, MILK has supported the Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) Supplement Beneficiaries of the ATF Supplement are children aged 25 years old and younger with disabilities who are facing financial hardship and cannot afford the co-payment amount even after subsidy are provided with a top-up funding. The types of assistive technology devices included devices for the hearing-impaired, the physically disabled and the visually impaired.
“The programme has benefited many needy beneficiaries and their families by defraying the cost of prescribed assistive equipment or devices. This not only allows them to pursue their dreams of participating in mainstream education or gain open employment, it enables them to live dignified and independent lives.”
– Lee Kwai Sem, Chief Executive, CEL
family partnership platform
In 2015 MILK initiated the Family Partnership Platform in partnership with South Central Community Family Service Centre to help low income families with young children out of poverty. This is a longer term transformational strategy which aims to work with Family Partners who are volunteers from the community. These family partners seek to befriend, support, motivate and create opportunities that enable financial self-sufficiency and other transformative outcomes. It is a three-way partnership among low-income family beneficiaries, family partners, and social workers The objective is to empower low-income families out of poverty by focusing on children’s education, family’s employment and livelihood opportunities.