OCBC Bank has long been an active philanthropic advocate, as seen through its many sponsorship initiatives and programmes. Among these is the OCBC Local Undergraduate Scholarship, which was founded on the sole belief that every individual should have the opportunity to pursue a university education.
The OCBC Local Undergraduate Scholarship provides talented and passionate individuals with a springboard to pursue their dreams. For OCBC Scholar Donald Law, this bond-free scholarship has helped him pursue his passion for music with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).
Early Encounters with Music
For Donald, music and playing the piano has always been a very personal affair. He took piano lessons since he was five and found his calling when he heard a piece by Richard Clayderman. “I love the way he expresses his emotions though his music. I wanted to mimic that influence,” he says candidly.
However as his academics took precedence in the later years, this passion had to take a back seat. Other obstacles included reserved opinion of music as a career choice from family and friends. “I felt withdrawn and lost. But I was certain of my dream to be a musician and after relentlessly persuading my parents, I earned their respect and support to pursue this path,” he recalls.
OCBC takes pride in ensuring each scholar is provided with ample developmental opportunities, to interact and learn with other scholars about its organisation. For a musician like Donald, the induction programmes, which he has described as “extremely interesting and a great launching platform”, have provided him with a rare all-access pass to experience the dollars and cents of the banking industry. “Being so unfamiliar with the finance sector, the experience has opened my eyes and given me new insights into the challenges faced by professions in the sector,” he shares.
Aside from industry-focused programmes, OCBC also organises other programmes like Scholars @ CAMP-us. It provides a platform for OCBC’s current and alumni scholars to come together to network, exchange ideas and understand more about the OCBC family. Donald muses, “Being able to interact with my peers and seniors from different academic disciplines has certainly been refreshing. These programmes have also provided me with new perceptions, and insights which I can definitely learn from and implement to my studies.”
Words of Advice
When asked what aspiring OCBC scholars
should look for in a scholarship, Donald has a few words of advice. “I would
advise them to definitely understand what it is they are seeking for in a
scholarship. Additionally, the bond tagged to most scholarships should be
another key consideration for any scholar. I feel that if they have considered
and understood these important factors of a scholarship, they will be able to
make a well-informed decision.”