Reflections on Stamford Scholarship Projects
Stamford School Scholarship is unique in a way that applicants would have to submit a proposal for a project they would do that would contribute positively towards the larger community in order to win it. Half of the scholarship is given to the Scholar when their project is selected. Following that, Stamford Scholars would have to raise funds or use their award money to carry out the project that they proposed in order to be awarded the other half of the Scholarship. More information about Stamford Scholarship is found here.
The Scholars’ peers were invited to give their honest review on the projects carried out and here are their reflections on the projects.
Using Egg Shells as Fertilisers and Pesticides for Plants
Scholar: Tanya Gandhi
Review by: William Lim
At first, Tanya was not confident as her first thought was to just give it a try. However, her brilliant idea caught the attention of the judges. Her project as about using waste materials such as eggshells as fertiliser as well as pesticide for plants. This was a very low cost project where students contributed eggshells. Stamfordians were able to contribute towards the environment by helping plants grow healthier and pesticide-free.
Tanya had to gather the eggshells and co-ordinate with the school gardeners. She put in effort and care and spent time washing the eggshells. It could be seen how she went beyond her comfort zone and shone as a leader.
When she completed her project, she thought that it was totally worth it and even life-changing. Her confidence grew tremendously as she did things she never imagined she could. Tanya has excelled and grown as a person. She intends to use her scholarship award as her college funds. Stamfordians have been inspired and look forward to seeing many more express their fullest potential as a leader.
Peer-Tutoring Programme for Weaker Students
Scholar: Azalea Egerton
Review by: Dylan Frederick Pingkardi
Azalea, a Primary 4 student, is a hardworking and talented student. In her application for the award, she decided to make a teaching programme which would help students with their studies. The inspired thing about her programme was that those teaching were also students of the school. She asked the Primary 4, 5 and 6 students to teach the Primary 1, 2 and 3 students.
Due to problems she faced, such as students misplacing their reply slips, her project took a longer time than she had expected. Nevertheless, she found ways to overcome any problems that arose and was able to finish her project with the support of her beloved family.
When she completed her project, she received positive feedback and learned that students involved in her programme obtained excellent scores in their test.
Azalea is completely satisfied with the result of her project and hopes to apply for the Stamford Scholarship next year. She had learned the value of hard work and to plan carefully for the future.
Plastic Bottle Recycling Programme
Scholar: Melinda Widjaja
Review by: Alyssa Sylvanya
When Melinda decided to apply for the Book Prize, it took her weeks to think of how she could make Stamford and the environment a better place. She found out that there were many empty plastic bottles laying around the school and decided to collect them and change them into something rewarding.
In her project, Melinda bought huge trashcans which were then placed in different corners and reserved for plastic bottles only. Every week she would collect the bottles and sell them to a local recycling centre. In turn, she donated the money towards Stamford’s annual charity drive.
Melinda is glad to have helped in making Stamford and the environment cleaner with less plastic bottles. Additionally, she has also sharpened her leadership skills and experienced how to implement her ideas. Her wish is to extend this project so that more people will know that plastic bottles cause pollution and that they can be recycled instead.
Sports Event to Raise Awareness
Scholar: Justin Ang
Review by: Pasha Rheizal Aulia Wibowo
Justin’s original proposal was to organise a marathon event to raise awareness about the school, but due to safety and security concerns, he was asked to come up with a new idea. He was forced to think on his feet and managed to come up with a fresh idea of organising a friendly interschool football championship.
Justin managed to successfully organise and manage this interschool championship for various primary schools and not fall behind in his academic life. Moreover, Stamford’s football team learnt some valuable lessons about themselves as their competitors beat them in every match. That said, instead of dwelling on defeat, they saw it as an opportunity to sharpen their skills.
To sum up, Justin had successfully met all the criteria and objectives of the Stamford Scholarship and Book Prize. I hope that other Stamfordians will seize such an opportunity in the near future.
Maintaining Clean Classrooms
Scholar: Alexander Eldy
Review by: Clarissa Audinnya Halim & Jennifer Arianto Phang
Eldy’s aspiration is to help Stamfordians become more independent and he came up with his brilliant idea with the help of his brother. At first, Eldy was nervous, but with the support of his family, friends and Primary 5 classmates, he overcame his feelings.
His plan is for every primary student to clean their classroom during snack time and lunch time. He inspected every classroom and put stars on their chart if they did clean their class. Eldy felt very joyful and proud to have completed his project.
Scholar: Morenzo Widjaja
Review by: William Kurniawan Lukman
One of the awardees who caught my eye was Morenzo, a Primary 6 student, who set up an anti-bullying campaign. The project included putting up anti-bullying posters to encourage less bullying and to raise awareness of all the forms bullying can take and suggestions for how to deal with it. Furthermore, he used critical thinking and creativity to make these posters much more appealing by using different types of materials.
It is remarkable that a 12-year old could succeed in such a project with only a little help from his parents and within such a short amount of time.