The SWS initiative recognises SAF personnel who are nearing the 50-year-old retirement age, and provides new skills and knowledge to expand their horizons and help them transit to new work roles.
Some of these pioneer graduates have progressed into new capacities, while others are getting ready to embark on new roles.
In June, the SMU Warriors Scholarship (SWS) MOU was renewed, offering another 20 scholarships to eligible and retiring military officers across the next 3 years, from 2017 to 2019.
On 15 July, SMU held the SMU Warriors Graduation and Conferral Celebration, to pay tribute to ‘pioneer’ graduates and welcome new scholars, in the year of SMU15 and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) 50th anniversary. 10 graduates under the SWS programme completed various postgraduate degrees with flying colours, while 8 new scholars were conferred with the Scholarship at the celebration.
On 14 January, SAF Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant-General (LG) Ng Chee Meng signed a Memorandum of Agreement on the SMU Warriors Scholarship with SMU President Professor Arnoud De Meyer. This SMU scholarship offers retiring military personnel a "no strings attached" chance to pursue a master degree and to start a new career.
The scheme is the brainchild of SMU Dean (Postgraduate Professional Postgraduate degree) Dr Philip Zerrillo. SMU will sponsor up to 20 bond-free postgraduate scholarships annually for the next three years, at an estimated cost of $1 million a year. Applicants can enrol for 18 Postgraduate degrees. The scholarship is open to retiring SAF military personnel with at least 10 years of service.