Fourteen ex-residents of the Muhammadiyah Welfare Home (MWH), a model rehabilitation institution for boys, received Al-Fatih scholarships in 2018. This is a bumper crop for the home, which offered two Al-Fatih scholarships in 2016.
"We gave out the awards to 14 boys who are our former residents. One doing a course in the polytechnic; one in PSB Academy; and the rest in ITE (NITEC and higher NITEC)," said Dr Mariam Aljunied, MWH Management Committee Member.
The scholarship, worth S$2,500, comes with some strings attached. Each recipient must return to MWH once a month. "That's the window of opportunity for us to give counsel, advice, check in on these boys and extend help and support if needed, even after they've left us," Dr Aljunied said.