38 recipients for SPH and SPH Foundation Scholarship awards

    - 16 in-house scholarships given out to children of staff and news vendors
    - 15 Lim Kim San Memorial scholarships awarded to students pursuing languages and humanities studies

Singapore, 22 July 2016 – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and SPH Foundation presented a total of 38 scholarships at their annual joint scholarship awards ceremony held at the SPH News Centre auditorium today. 

Dr Lee Boon Yang, Chairman of SPH and SPH Foundation, was the Guest-of-Honour at the event. 

There were 7 recipients for the SPH Journalism Scholarships. 

A total of 16 scholarships were also given out to the children of staff and newspaper vendors – 6 for junior college studies, 4 for polytechnic studies and 6 for university studies.  

Mr Clement Yong Jia-Xuan is an SPH Journalism scholarship award recipient who did his internship stint with The Straits Times. He will be reading History at Oxford University. 

He said: "I am honoured to be one of those selected for this year's scholarship. My four-month stint at SPH has reinforced my belief that journalism is for me as I am an information junkie, which makes working in the newsroom perfect since I'm not only expected to keep up with the latest news, but to approach all developments around me with an active mind. As a history student, working at The Straits Times in particular has also given me a front seat in watching the Singapore story unfold and put me in the unique position of writing the first draft of this history. I look forward to working at SPH, be it writing or editing. It is a process I want to be intimately connected with."

Another SPH journalism scholar is Ms Zhang Xi Ying, who was an intern at Lianhe Wanbao and will be doing Chinese Studies at Peking University. 

She said: "I am very thankful for this chance, and I feel honoured and humbled to be chosen as one of the scholars. The six months in Lianhe Wanbao were extremely meaningful and satisfying to me. Not only did I meet passionate people who shared with me their love for journalism, the people whom I interviewed also showed me aspects of society that I otherwise would not have the chance to see. Most important of all, I got to interact with the audience reading my articles, as a few of them actually emailed or called in to thank me for covering certain stories which impacted their lives. All these inspired me to find meaning behind the things I write, and made the time and effort I spent on the job very worthwhile." 

Since its inauguration in 2006, the Lim Kim San Memorial Scholarships are awarded annually. The bond-free scholarships have helped deserving students from modest family backgrounds further their degree programmes in languages, linguistics and the humanities at the local universities.  This year, there is a record 15 recipients receiving the Lim Kim San Memorial scholarships.

One of them is Ms Hilary Ho who will be pursuing the third-year of her Sociology studies at the National University of Singapore. She said: "This scholarship will free me from my financial worries and give me more time to focus on my studies and pursue my interest. I look forward to acquiring new skills and experiences made possible through this scholarship and I hope to pay this forward to others in need in future."


    i. Speech by Dr Lee Boon Yang, Chairman of SPH and SPH Foundation
    ii. List of SPH and SPH Foundation Lim Kim San Memorial Scholarship recipients

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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.


The English/Malay/Tamil Media group (EMTM) comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian, My Paper (English section) and their respective student publications. It also includes subsidiaries Tamil Murasu Ltd, which publishes Tamil Murasu and tabla!; book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE-Russell Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; and the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3.

The Chinese Media group (CMG) publishes three Chinese newspapers in print and digital format - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, ZBBZ Newsgazine and My Paper (Chinese section). It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly. 

SPH's other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, Stomp, zaobao.sg, omy.sg and SPH Razor. 

On an average day, 2.8 million* individuals or 68 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications in print copies or one of our digital platforms. (* Nielsen Media Index 2015, Monday-Sunday, read any SPH newspapers in print or digital format)

SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles and has various online sites, like hardwarezone.com, herworldplus.com and luxuryinsider.com in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. It has also invested in digital newsstand Magzter.

SPH also provides out-of-home (OOH) advertising options where it manages large format screens and static billboards at key locations in the Central Business District, Orchard Road, City Fringe as well as major heartland hubs.

SPH Buzz is a modern retail convenience chain with a network of stores around the island.

SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.


SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established to invest in a portfolio of income-producing real estate primarily for retail purposes. SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall in the centre of Clementi town.

The Seletar Mall, located in Sengkang, is SPH's latest retail development. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

Other Businesses

Online Classified

SPH’s online classifieds include the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs, FastJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds,Trezo), sgCarMart and StreetSine.
SPH's regional joint venture online classified business has a number of leading online classified sites in the region.

Events and Exhibitions

Sphere Exhibits, Sphere Conferences, Exhibits Inc and Bizlink Exhibition Services organise innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. 


SPH has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps.

For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.

About the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation

The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was first set up as the Press Foundation of Singapore in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. The seed contribution of $20 million to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. It was renamed Singapore Press Holdings Foundation in May 2005. 

For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.sphfoundation.org.sg.


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