DesignSingapore Council Awards Four Scholarships To Develop Talents Set To Be Changemakers For Design

Aug 4, 2017


DesignSingapore Council Awards Four Scholarships To Develop Talents Set To Be Changemakers For Design


Singapore, 4 August 2017 The DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) will welcome a new cohort of four scholars that are primed to be design leaders and changemakers for design. They are Ms Poonsiriwong Yu Wen Rachel, Ms Rebekah Elza Ong Lin, Mr Shawn Ng Ding Xiang and Ms Teh Yu Xuan. The scholars will receive their scholarship awards from Ms Tan Li San, Deputy Secretary (Industry and Information) of Ministry of Communications and Information today at the National Design Centre. Since 2005, the DesignSingapore Scholarship has been awarded to a total of 51 scholars in design disciplines such as Architecture, Fashion Design, Interaction Design, Product Design and Visual Communications.


Ms Poonsiriwong’s opportunity to participate in the Designathon 2017 organised by Dsg piqued her interest and affirmed her passion to pursue interaction design. She was also actively involved in designing a stool for Team Singapore para-archer Syahidah Alim to sit on when she competes. Ms Ong has designed a fall winter collection with elements of knitwear which mimics body temperature, movement and brain activity at each stage of the sleep cycle.


Mr Ng was the top graduate of his cohort for the Diploma in Product and Industrial Design course at Temasek Polytechnic. He includes, among his many achievements, being one of the three finalists for the Philips Design Award in 2015 for designing a modular leg prosthesis. The fourth scholar, Ms Teh, inspired by the well-loved story, The Little Prince, designedThe Little Prince Film Studio” which explored how architecture interacts with daylight.


"Passion, tenacity, and creativity. These are the critical traits needed to be successful in a digital future, and these are the key attributes by which Dsg selects its scholars. We are proud of our scholars; they have upheld design values, and helped Singapore put its stamp on the world design stage,” said Ms Agnes Kwek, Executive Director, Dsg.


Ms Poonsiriwong will pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interaction Design at California College of the Arts in the United States; Ms Ong will read Bachelor of Arts (Hon) in Fashion Design and Development at the University of the Arts London in the United Kingdom (UK); Mr Ng will study Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design at the National University of Singapore, while Ms Teh will embark on the Master in Architecture programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London in the UK.


These four scholars have big shoes to fill. Upon graduation, they will be joining past alumni who have gone on to successful careers. Some have started their own design practice, while others have been working as design professionals in architectural firms and design companies.

Ms Lim Si Ping, a 2014 Dsg scholar recently collaborated with IBM Watson to create an interactive performance for their conference in Las Vegas, while Ms Juliana Ong, a 2009 scholar held a solo exhibition in Taiwan at The Pier-2 Art Centre and has won the Derwent Art Prize and the John Ruskin Prize. Ms Victoria Koo, a 2015 scholar did her final year project, in collaboration with the Department for Education in the UK, on teacher retention and innovating career pathways. She submitted her proposal to the Future of Work competition and won a £15,000 cash prize to start a business with 12 months support from InnovationRCA.


Since its launch, the DesignSingapore Scholarship has attracted many promising young designers to pursue a holistic education to fuel their design aspirations.


Please refer to Annex A for the profiles of 2017 DesignSingapore Scholars.


Annexes are included in the pdf copy of the media release.




4 AUGUST 2017

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Written on : 04 Aug 2017

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