Celebrating the Next Generation of Defence Scientists

30 Oct 2023

The DSTA Scholarships Award Ceremony was held on 30 October 2023. It marked a new chapter for 57 talents, who will be pursuing their passion in science and technology through the various scholarships awarded by DSTA.

The scholarships awarded at this year’s ceremony included the DSTA Polytechnic, Merit, Merit Cyber, Scholarships and DSTA Scholarship (Postgraduate). Many proud parents and family members were present at the event to witness their loved ones receiving their scholarships.

During the ceremony, DSTA Chief Executive Mervyn Tan emphasised the purpose of our work – which is to strengthen Singapore’s defence through tech – and motivated our scholars to make the most of their scholarships.

“With the scholarships, you have been given the opportunity to reach even greater heights. As you embark on your studies, I encourage you to think about how you can help Singapore overcome real-world security challenges and contribute to the defence of Singapore,” he said.

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DSTA Chief Executive Mervyn Tan speaking at the DSTA Scholarships Award Ceremony

The scholarships provide individuals whom are passionate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics numerous opportunities for personal and professional development. Recipients will get to learn from experts and be exposed to real-world challenges through exciting internships in related fields, and receive exclusive invites to defence related events.

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Group photos of scholarship recipients with DSTA’s Management Committee.

Wee Chang Han, a DSTA Merit Scholarship recipient who is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering at Nanyang Technological University explained how his internship at DSTA’s Simulation & Training Systems Hub Programme Centre provided many opportunities to sharpen his technical skills in an innovative environment, affirming his decision to take up this scholarship. He was involved in a project related to Augmented Virtuality and Machine Learning.

“During my internship, I was involved in building a Virtual Reality simulation to improve one of RSN’s training programme. I had many learning opportunities, from being exposed to various technology, such as virtual reality and augmented reality, to working alongside other DSTA engineers. This allowed me to cultivate my competencies. Overall, I had a fruitful internship experience,” he said.

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DSTA Scholarship recipients Wee Chang Han (second from left) and Samantha Sam (third from left) with fellow scholarship recipients.

DSTA Polytechnic Engineering Scholarship recipient Samantha Sam shared how this scholarship has given her exciting opportunities to learn beyond the classroom.

“Receiving this scholarship has allowed me to join curated programmes where I’ll be able to attend industry events, interact with other scholars and attend exclusive workshops to improve my leadership and critical thinking skills,” she said. Samantha is studying at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, pursuing a Diploma in Electronic and Computer Engineering.

Congratulations to all award recipients! Interested to explore the opportunities provided by the DSTA Scholarships? Find out more here.