SOTA: School of the Arts Singapore

SOTA alumni in diverse fields - scholarships attained in 2019

Published on Dec 17, 2019

Through a holistic education anchored in the arts, SOTA aims to nurture future-ready citizens who will draw on their creativity to positively impact society. Many of our graduates are recognised for their potential and continue to pursue their passions in diverse fields at illustrious schools both in Singapore and abroad.

We are proud to share some of our alumni's achievements:


2019 President's Scholarship_Allison Tan
Allison Tan (centre) at the President's Scholarships Award Ceremony, accompanied by (left to right) SOTA teachers Mr David Han, Ms Samantha Wong, Ms Germaine Cheng, and SOTA Principal Mrs Mary Seah. Photo courtesy of Mrs Mary Seah

Allison Tan (Dance, 2018) is the second SOTA student who has been awarded the President's Scholarship. She is also the first SOTA student to receive the SAF Scholarship. Allison was drawn to the military personnel's strong commitment and passion for serving when she met them at a Mindef Experience Programme. Inspired to make a difference to the lives of others, she decided to join the Republic of Singapore Navy. Allison will pursue international relations at the University of St Andrews in Scotland next year, after completing her midshipman course.



2019 SAF Merit Scholarship_Jacinta Yee Li Ting_Photo by Amy Khoo
Jacinta Yee (second from right) with (left to right) SOTA Vice-principal, Arts, Ms Amy Khoo, Mr and Mrs Yee, and SOTA Principal Mrs Mary Seah. Photo courtesy of Ms Amy Khoo

Jacinta Yee (Visual Arts, 2018) received the SAF Merit Scholarship, which is awarded to individuals who have excelled academically and who possess dynamic leadership qualities. Currently serving the Republic of Singapore Air Force, Jacinta will go on to study Geography at University College London.



2019 Maryam Mendaki scholarship copy
Photo courtesy of MENDAKI / Maryam Binte Noorhimli

Maryam Binte Noorhimli (Theatre, 2018) has been awarded the Anugerah Belia Cemerlang MENDAKI (Overseas Award). Transfixed by how theatre can educate and transform spaces and people, Maryam is particularly interested in community theatre. As she continues on her theatre journey, she is discovering how a more community-centric lens may have the potential to nurture the strengths of individuals within a community, laying the work for a more lasting and positive transformation. Through pursuing Acting and Community Theatre at East 15 Acting School, University of Essex, Maryam hopes to use her skills as a theatre-maker to inspire an active and thinking community and promote self-growth through her work.



2019 MOE scholarships collage
Top (left to right): Ng Jun Qing, SOTA teacher Ms Charis Lo, Lee Yu Xin, and Pavethren s/o Kanagarethinam. Bottom (left to right): Pavethren s/o Kanagarethinam, Ng Jun Qing, and Lee Yu Xin receiving their scholarships at the award ceremony. Photos courtesy of Ms Charis Lo

Pavethren s/o Kanagarethinam (Music, 2016), Ng Jun Qing (Dance, 2018), and Lee Yu Xin (Visual Arts, 2018) received scholarships from the Ministry of Education of Singapore (MOE). Pavethren and Jun Qing received the MOE Teaching Award, while Yu Xin was awarded the MOE Teaching Scholarship. We look forward to how they use their talents and creativity to inspire the next generation in this meaningful vocation.



2019 SGD scholarship collage
Left: Nishok with his mother. Right: Ashley Jane Leow receiving her scholarship at the award ceremony. Photos courtesy of Nishok and Ashley Jane Leow

Nishok (Theatre, 2013) and Ashley Jane Leow (Film, 2018) were awarded the inaugural Singapore Digital (SG:D) Scholarship. Offered by Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), our two alumni are among 81 scholarship recipients, out of more than 1000 applications. Both Nishok and Ashley are aspiring filmmakers who will continue to pursue their craft at illustrious colleges.



2019 SgIS scholarship - Susanne Goh
Susanne Goh receiving her scholarship at the award ceremony. Photo courtesy of Susanne Goh

Susanne Goh (Dance, 2018) received the Singapore-Industry (SgIS) Scholarship. Offered by key industry enterprises in Singapore, the SgIS is a multi-industry scholarship that aims to groom future leaders in various sectors. Susanne has begun her undergraduate journey at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS, and is keen to pursue Southeast Asian Studies.



2019 SPH Journalism Scholarship_Christie Esther Chiu
Christie Esther Chiu receiving the SPH Journalism Scholarship. Photo courtesy of Christie Esther Chiu

Christie Esther Chiu (Theatre, 2018) is a recipient of the SPH Journalism Scholarship. Through an internship stint with The Straits Times after graduating from SOTA, she realised the significance of journalism and how it could create meaningful changes in others' lives. As an aspiring journalist, she hopes to contribute to the discussion of the importance of the arts in mainstream education in the future. Christie will read Liberal Arts at Yale-NUS College. Christie was mentioned in the article HERE.