I’m delighted to be the first Chinese to win the first Queen’s Scholarship
The colonial government introduced the Queen’s Scholarship in 1885 for top students in Singapore and Malaya to enrol at a British university. Lim Boon Keng was the first student in Singapore to receive the scholarship. Awardees were selected through a competitive examination, which was set up by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate from 1886. The scholarship was suspended in 1911, but the efforts of educators and former scholars such as Lim Boon Keng and Song Ong Siang, as well as public support, helped it get restored in 1924.
, founded by Sir Cecil Clementi Smith. This could not have been achieved without the unwavering support of my principal, R.W. Hullet
Richmond William Hullett was the longest-serving headmaster of Raffles Institution, from 1871 to 1906. Today, the Hullett Memorial Library, the Hullett House in the house system, and the Hullett Block in the Raffles Institution Boarding Complex bear his name. He was also a renowned botanist and a member of several learned societies such as the elite Straits Philosophical Society. It held regular discussions on philosophy, theology, history, literature, science and art, and was very much a part of the intellectual and cultural life of colonial Singapore.
, as well as Mr. Wee Theam Tew
Born in Singapore and educated at Raffles Institution, Wee was an outstanding student of English and Chinese literature in his youth. The Peranakan lawyer was also fluent in English, Chinese and Malay. In 1902, Wee accepted the appointment of secretary to Prince Su, the military governor of Beijing and Minister to the Emperor. In 1904, he went to China and returned to Singapore the following year to resume his legal practice. However, his failing health led to a serious illness from which he never recovered, and he died at the age of 52.
, who granted me free access to his expansive collection of English books. The knowledge I’ve gleaned has provided me with a global perspective that will serve me well in the future.
As a Queen’s Scholar, I pledge to take my studies seriously, so I will be well-equipped to make a real difference when I return to Singapore.