OH Hope Fund
Boarding Scholarship by ACS Oldham Hall (OH)
The OH Hope Fund is set up with the aim of helping local Singaporean students, and is established in the same principle as the foundation of ACS Oldham Hall itself.
When Rev William F. Oldham founded ACS in 1886, it was a school by day and boarding place by night for students who needed education and lodging facilities.
Why OH Hope Fund?
To serve a niche market of need, where there are local youths who due to no fault of their own do not have a good structured environment to live and study in. The fragmenting of families and unfortunate events that these youths experience cause many of them to end up on the wrong side of the law, and they also become ideal targets for gangs.
A real case example would be a 15-year-old girl whose mother has passed away, and whose ill father is cared for in a nursing home, leaving her alone. The timely intervention of a kind Samaritan has allowed her to stay in Oldham Hall, providing support and pastoral care for this youth in a safe environment while she goes through a very challenging and vulnerable period of her life.
With the facilities and capacity available in OH, we hope to give back to society by providing lodging and pastoral care to such youths, helping them grow up to be responsible and mature adults who can contribute to the society.
The eligibility criteria for the scholarship are as follows:
- Singaporean students
- 13-18 years old
- Student may apply regardless of their academic results, provided that any weak academic results are not due to negative character traits but are attributed to difficulties beyond the control of the student
- Applicants must have a referral agency, e.g. their school counsellor, who can attest to their situation
- Parent or parents must undertake to be co-operative and abide by OH’s counsel
The organisation making the referral of a student will be required to submit a written letter with the background and recommendation. The referring agency must remain the case manager and continue to provide professional intervention to the student and his/her family.