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Bangkok Bank Scholarship – supporting SMU’s Thai students

12 October 2018

Bangkok Bank Scholarship recipients recently met with SMU Board of Trustees, SMU senior management and Bangkok Bank at a scholars gathering. From left to right: Mr Timothy Chia, Chairman, Hup Soon Global Corporation Ltd & Member, SMU International Advisory Council in Thailand & Member, Board of Trustees, SMU; Mr Chartsiri Sophonpanich, President and Director, Bangkok Bank PCL & Chair, SMU International Advisory Council in Thailand; Ms Ananphumtriphop Turian, SMU School of Information Systems alumni & second Bangkok Bank Scholarship recipient; Mr Ho Kwon Ping, Founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings & Chairman, Board of Trustees, SMU; Ms Ravipha Nilju, SMU second-year student at Lee Kong Chian School of Business & fifth Bangkok Bank Scholarship recipient; Mr Zulkilfi Bin Baharudin, Executive Chairman, Indo-Trans Corporation & Member, SMU International Advisory Council in Vietnam & Member, Board of Trustees, SMU; Professor Arnoud De Meyer, President, SMU.
The exclusive Bangkok Bank Scholarship, which support SMU undergraduates, was recently renewed, which will enable more Thai students to study at SMU. Valued at up to $100,000 or $25,000 per year, each student is supported for their entire four years of studies at SMU, with this scholarship which supports their annual tuition fees and/or living and study-related expenses.
It is awarded to one recipient each year, it is open to full-time undergraduates from Thailand and of Thai nationality enrolled in any degree programme at SMU, who have good academic results, and demonstrate leadership skills and character. Since 2013, the Bangkok Bank Scholarship has benefitted six such scholars.
Ms Ananphumtriphop Turian, who was awarded the Bangkok Bank Scholarship in 2014 and has recently graduated from SMU School of Information Systems, was most grateful towards Bangkok Bank. “The Bangkok Bank scholarship has opened up many new opportunities for me. I come from a humble family background. Without the support of the scholarship, I would not have had the opportunity to go on an exchange programme in a European country.”
Ms Ravipha Nilju, who is now a second-year student at SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business, felt that besides the financial support she received from the scholarship, the scholarship has also given her the opportunity to meet seniors who are also recipients of the scholarship and have lived in Singapore for quite some time. “It has given me the rare chance to reconnect with peers who come from a similar background as me. Through these seniors I was introduced to the welcoming Thai community in SMU and this has brought me one step closer to reconnecting with the Thai society.”
With successful recipients possibly being granted internship or career opportunities with Bangkok Bank or its designated companies, this is an attractive scholarship which continues to attract SMU students of Thai origin. 

Last updated on 31 Oct 2018 .