Yi Peng grew up in a low-income family. His parents, who came from China about 30 years ago, have been facing financial difficulties while raising Yi Peng and his younger brother.
To become more self-sufficient, Yi Peng started saving for his school fees even before he entered university. Besides providing home tuition, he often took up odd jobs to earn more money for his family.
“When I received the Loo Geok Eng Foundation bursary, my family and I were so happy and relieved,” says Yi Peng.
“It alleviated the financial stress at home. I finally don’t have to worry about paying my school fees,” he continues.
For Yi Peng, the bursary gave him not just money, but also hope; the hope for a better school life and future. Without being bogged down by pressures of part-time work, he is able to participate in various school activities like his favourite Track and Field. He is also involved in the organising committee of freshmen orientation camps.
When asked about the future, the optimistic and aspiring student says, “I have always wanted to become a civil engineer since young. I hope to help build the future of Singapore. Thanks to Loo Geok Eng Foundation, I am now a step closer to my dreams.”
Yi Peng also talked about giving back to the society. A few years ago, he organised a volunteering initiative for his junior college peers to help out at Dyslexia Association of Singapore.
“My current priority is to complete my university studies and make the most of my time as an NTU student,” he adds.
“When I graduate, I hope I will be able to help others, like how you have helped me. Thank you.”