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MGS > About Us > Awards & Scholarships > MGS Special Awards and Scholarships

MGS Special Awards and Scholarships


Sophia Blackmore Award
Given to a Primary or Secondary MGS student who displays either exemplary courage and determination in the face of challenging circumstances or magnanimity and altruism in the face of adversity.

Miss Sophia Blackmore was the first woman missionary sent by the Methodist Women’s Foreign Missionary Society to Singapore in 1887. With fortitude, tenacity and passion for the welfare of others, she pioneered education for girls in Singapore. She founded a church and two well-known schools, one of which is MGS. 


Ruth Wong Award 
Given to the top PSLE student continuing her studies in MGS. 
 
A visionary and pioneering educator, Dr Ruth Wong Hie King graduated from MGS in 1934 and went on to become the first woman principal of the Teachers’ Training College and the founding director of the Institute of Education in Singapore. She was inducted into the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014 and is one of eight pioneers featured on the Singapore Bicentennial commemorative currency note issued in 2019.


Jumabhoy Award
Given to an outstanding current Secondary/Year Four student in recognition of her academic progress, sterling performance in CCA and service to the community. 

The Jumabhoy family is a dedicated supporter of education‑centric philanthropic initiatives and believes strongly in giving back to the community. 


Puan Sri Helene Tan Chin Tuan Scholarships
Given to outstanding students who have excelled in both curricular and co-curricular pursuits, with a passion for life and serving others. 
 
The scholarships are awarded to students from the following categories:
(i) Secondary/ Year Four O-Level/ IP graduates
(ii) Current Secondary Four/ Year Four students 
(iii) Current Secondary One/ Year One students who continue their studies in MGS from Primary Six
 
Puan Sri Helene Tan Chin Tuan served as President of the MGS Alumnae Association in 1951, spearheading fundraising efforts to build the Mary Nind Wing at the Mount Sophia campus. She was a firm believer in helping the less fortunate in society and is recognised today for her significant contributions to public service and charity work.
 
 
Professor Tommy Koh Book Prize (GCE O-Level)
Given to the second best performing student in the GCE O-Level cohort. 
 
Professor Tommy Koh Book Prize (Integrated Programme)
Given to the second best performing student in the Year Four Integrated Programme cohort.
 
Professor Tommy Koh is a Professor of Law at NUS and an Ambassador-At-Large at MFA.  He was the President of the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea and Chairman of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.  He was also Singapore’s Ambassador to the US and the Chief Negotiator of the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.  He has also been a champion of the arts, the environment and civil society.  Mrs Tommy Koh is an alumna of MGS.
 
 
Wong Hee Hua Award
Given to a music student from the graduating class for her outstanding contribution to the musical life of MGS.  
 
Miss Wong Hee Hua is the younger sister of Ruth Wong. She graduated from MGS in 1936 at the age of 14 and went on to become a teacher in her alma mater. Her forte was in the teaching of Music and Mathematics. Under her leadership, the MGS choir won many awards. 
 
 
Ellice Handy Award (GCE O-Level)
Given to the top student in the GCE O-Level cohort.
 
Ellice Handy Award (Integrated Programme)
Given to the top student in the Year Four Integrated Programme cohort.
 
Mrs Ellice Handy was an old girl, and later a teacher at MGS where she taught English, History and Bible Knowledge. She was the first Asian principal of MGS and wrote the first Singaporean cookbook, My Favourite Recipes.
 
 
Tan Ley Chee Award
Given to the best all-rounder in the graduating class. 
 
The Tan Ley Chee Award originated from the Best All Round Student Award created in 1976. The award is named after the former Ngui Ley Chee, an old girl, and president of the MGS Alumnae Association for a number of years.


Mrs Anna Tham Book Prize
Given to the top scorer in Mathematics and Additional Mathematics in the upper secondary levels (both the IP-Track and O-Level Track). 
 
Mrs Anna Tham is a former student and later, a Mathematics teacher at her alma mater at MGS. She is the longest-serving Principal of MGS (1977 to 1994). A pioneering Guider, Mrs Tham continues to dedicate her energies to imparting the life skills and values of the Guiding Movement to the next generation.


Professor Miranda Yap Book Prize
Given to the top scorer in each of the sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics – in the upper secondary levels (both the IP-Track and O-Level Track) as well as the top scorer in Primary 5 and Primary 6 Science. 
 
A pioneer of biomedical sciences in Singapore, Professor Miranda Yap was the founding executive director of the Bioprocessing Technology Institute (BTI) and the executive director of the A*STAR Graduate Academy. She guided the development of specialised scientific institutions, and laid the foundations for Singapore’s thriving biologics industry.