We all need help to realise our potential. Twenty-year-old Stephanie Ow may be visually impaired but she has never let this stand in the way of her passion for the erhu. She wants to be a professional musician some day. The Deutsche Bank-Singapore Chinese Orchestra Music Scholarship has been awarded to Stephanie in recognition of her talent and her drive. Members of the Orchestra will nurture her artistic talent to help her realise her dream.
The Deutsche Bank-Singapore Chinese Orchestra Music Programme, also part of Born to Be, is designed for children with special needs. This collaborative programme with Singapore Chinese Orchestra and Rainbow Centre Singapore aims not only to develop the musical capabilities of the students, but more importantly to inspire them to increase their levels of social interaction and thereby give them confidence.
Every student should have the opportunity to attain a tertiary education, regardless of their background. AkarakA funds underprivileged students to cover tuition fees and living expenses through its student sponsorship programme. The non-profit organisation is based in Singapore but operates around the region.
Through Born to Be, Deutsche Bank funds the tertiary education of students in Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Our volunteers also provide career and educational guidance through AkarakA’s mentoring programme, and frequently assists in its fundraising campaigns.
We all need help to realise our potential. In 2009, Deutsche Bank partnered with the Singapore Art Museum to launch Singapore’s first ever Art Bus programme. The bus takes children from their schools to the museum where they attend a guided tour-cum-storytelling session held at the galleries, followed by a hands-on art activity tailored to suit different age groups.
The ongoing arrangement is a part of the Deutsche Bank Born to Be programme, aiming to make art education more accessible to children and to develop their appreciation of contemporary art.
Deutsche Bank partners Singapore Management University (SMU) to sponsor an award to recognise SMU student teams who have demonstrated commitment and passion to meet the needs of the communities they served through local or overseas community service projects.
The Deutsche Bank Born to Be Youth Engagement Award is a prize of SGD5,000 given to the group of students with the best corporate citizenship project that aligns with the Bank’s Born to Be programme. The aim is to inspire the students and ultimately develop a movement of young working adults in Singapore who are keen to contribute to the community.
Everyone deserves the right to a tertiary education. In 2010, as part of its Born to Be initiative, Deutsche Bank established an endowment fund for the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Through this fund, it provides Deutsche Bank Study Awards to SUTD students. SUTD, Singapore's fourth public university, collaborates with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and China's Zhejiang University. It offers specialised courses in architecture and sustainable design; engineering product development; engineering systems and design; and information systems technology and design.
Every year, the Deutsche Bank Study Award is given to two students with good academic standing face financial difficulties. The award is used to finance their tuition fees, helping along the way to becoming who they were born to be.