The Ngee Ann Kongsi Gifting Ceremony: $1.2 million for the next generation of NAFA creatives

07 October 2021

7 October 2021, Thursday, 3.00pm to 4.15pm
Seminar Room, NAFA Campus 1, Wing B, Level 2
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In the midst of the pandemic, The Ngee Ann Kongsi (NAK) has reaffirmed its support for tertiary arts education with a $1.2 million scholarship contribution to Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). The Ngee Ann Kongsi Scholarship supports NAFA students who will be pursing Fine Art, Design Practice, and Performance Making degree courses validated by University of the Arts London (UAL) – ranked 2nd in the world for art and design in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 and global leader at undergraduate level.

For five student intakes from 2021, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Scholarship is made available to 10 NAFA recipients annually, who are Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents on 2- or 3-year pathways for the new UAL-validated degrees:

  1. Scholarship Provision for Students on 2-Year Pathway (valued at $600,000)
    Six Scholarships will be awarded for each intake of students, for a total of five intakes from Academic Year (AY) AY2021/2022 to AY2025/2026. Each Scholarship is valued at $10,000 per AY and an award recipient will receive a total of $20,000 over two AYs if the award is successfully renewed at Year 2.

  2. Scholarship Provision for Students on 3-Year Pathway (valued at $600,000)
    Four Scholarships will be awarded for each intake of students, for a total of five intakes from AY2021/2022 to AY2025/2026. Each Scholarship will be valued at $10,000 per AY and an award recipient will receive a total of $30,000 over three AYs if the award is successfully renewed at Years 2 and 3.

  3. Outside of the scholarship, NAK annually confers The Ngee Ann Kongsi Gold Medal and a cash award of $20,000 to the most outstanding diploma graduate. From 2023 to 2027, an additional Gold Medal and cash award of $20,000 will also be extended to the academy’s most outstanding graduate from the degree programmes.


For AY21/22, a total of 186 students are enrolled for the UAL-validated degree programmes.

Mr Jamie Teo, Vice President and Chairman of the Donation & Charity Sub-Committee, The Ngee Ann Kongsi, said, “Over the years, The Ngee Ann Kongsi has broadened its philanthropic support for Singapore’s education sector and this includes quality arts education at the tertiary level. We are proud to be a part of NAFA’s journey since 2009. With our latest gift of scholarships totalling $1.2 million, we lend our support to NAFA to nurture a new generation of artists, creatives, and changemakers through its UAL-validated degrees. We have no doubt that they will make their mark in the professional arts scene in Singapore and globally.”

In line with COVID-19 safe management measures, the Gifting Ceremony will see around 50 guests comprising NAFA Senior Management, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Committee of Management, and scholarship recipients gathered to witness the Gift Agreement Signing, Cheque and Memento Presentation, and Presentation of Certificates.

Mrs Tan-Soh Wai Lan, President of NAFA said, “We are extremely grateful for the support from The Ngee Ann Kongsi, as NAFA looks to enrich lives and communities through education and practice. Since 2009, the Kongsi has been donating generously to the academy, actively sowing seeds for future generations of Singaporean creatives while empowering us to continue inspiring learning and growth through the arts. Moving forward, their generous gift signals tremendous confidence and support for future NAFA graduates, as they lead the way in growing Singapore’s arts and culture.”

ANNEX 1 – The Ngee Ann Kongsi Scholarship Background Information
ANNEX 2 – The Ngee Ann Kongsi Gifting Ceremony Official Schedule
ANNEX 3 – Featured Scholarship Recipients
ANNEX 4 – About Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
ANNEX 5 – About The Ngee Ann Kongsi