National netballer Kimberly Lim used to struggle with her studies as she had to work part-time supplement her single-parent family’s income. The stress had become so bad at one point that she contemplated giving up netball.
But her passion for the game led her to stay on, and her team went on to win the SEA Games netball gold medal this year.
Hearing about her struggles, Kaplan president Leon Choong decided to give Kimberly one more surprise – a $32,000 scholarship to help her complete her psychology and marketing degree from Murdoch University.
“I know it has been so hard for her all this time, working and studying to help me. So there’s a lot to be thankful for,” said Madam Ginny Lau, Kimberly’s mother, who has 2 other children.
Mr Choong praised Kimberly for being a straight-A student, and said: “After the SEA Games, I had friends telling me she was part of the netball team that won gold for Singapore, and I learnt about her family background. So I decided that we could do something to help her out.”
With her scholarship, Kimberly can now rest easy about her remaining school fees.
“I was still trying to figure out how to pay for my next semester,” she said. “Now, I can focus more on what I want to do and hopefully excel in it.”