In the recent articles on SCOOP, we shared some tips on how to get the SNCF scholarship and strategies to judge whether the scholarship is indeed for you. This time round in First of Everything series which aims to showcase the rich history of Singapore’s co-operative heritage on a journey, I will be taking you 10 years back to discover and know more about our pioneer batch of scholars – Irving, Yong Hui and Xian Yin!

The SNCF scholarship aims at attracting, developing and nurturing suitable talents to enter the ranks of the Co-operative Movement in Singapore. The award, sponsored by The Central Co-operative Fund, also serves as a motivation to all co-operatives to strive for excellence and innovation in the Movement through shared ideas and participation. 

Batch of 2008

Ms Leow Xian Yin 

Xian Yin graduated from Anglo-Chinese Junior College – AC Boleh! She pursued a Bachelor in Mass Communications at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. Just like Irving, Xian Yin also underwent a 2 months internship program with the SNCF Communications department.

She shares that “the two-month stint provided her with great insight into SNCF – the organisation itself, its several distinctly different yet intertwined roles as an apex body and also the Co-operative sector as a whole. I am thankful for the opportunity to have a first-hand experience of what goes on in the day-to-day operations and the team that works behind the scene.” This internship has developed her interest in gaining experience of working with an affiliate. She was given the opportunity to produce the Donors’ Slideshow for Singapore Amalgamated Services Co-operative Organisation (SASCO), and was even put under immense pressure of making amendments right up to the very day of the presentation. The two months of experience steered her forward in playing an impactful role in the Co-operative scene upon graduation.

Mr Lim Wei Lun, Irving 

Irving was studying Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore when he was awarded the SNCF scholarship back in 2008. He was a graduate of Anderson Junior College back in 2004 and only attained mediocre grades for his A levels. Albeit disappointed, Irving did not allow the setback to prevent him from reaching his potential. He persevered and worked hard to obtain impressive grades in his first year of undergraduate studies. His dedication and efforts eventually paid off when the Scholarship Selection Committee was attracted to his drive in achieving academic excellence.

Alongside Xian Yin, Irving had to go through a two-month internship of which he received two major takeaways:

  • A better understanding of Co-operatives and the Co-operative movement in Singapore

Even as an observer in meetings or a participant in events, Irving was able to learn about the collaborative efforts by various staff in SNCF to ensure a smooth co-ordination of activities amongst the 4 major and distinctively different sectors.

  • Honing both soft and hard skills

Both Xian Yin and Irving had to bring their textbook knowledge to reality when they had to deal with the production of videos as well as print and digital collaterals for a project. As his job scope was in line with his course of study such as publications design, Irving excelled in this area and benefitted greatly from the experience! His interest in the Co-operative movement was heightened and he continues to contribute to it today.

Mr Chen Yong Hui 

Yong Hui graduated from Saint Andrew’s Junior College in 2007 and pursued a Bachelor of Accountancy at Nanyang Technological University. The SNCF scholarship helped path and support him not just through his 3 years in NTU but also after graduation! All of our scholars are given the opportunity to work in one of our 66 affiliates, ranging from the credit and maritime industry to the education sector. This gives them the opportunity to discover and pursue their individual and unique passions in an industry of their choice – the world is your oyster!


Mother Theresa once said: “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love”. SNCF is indeed a stepping stone for you to be the connecting piece in the tripartite relationship of the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. 

Come join us today and be a scholar with a heart!