Three years at TP, with countless moments to experience—and they made the best of it. They cultivated their skills, nurtured their curiosity and set higher goals. Today, they stand out in their chosen fields.
Learn about their breakthrough journeys in TP, inspiring us all to #reachhigher and be the best versions of ourselves.
Harvard University, Master in Public Administration
Many would count working at Al Jazeera, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) or the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a career highlight.
Neha Thakkar made her mark at all three global organisations! Her journey into the world of international communications began at Al Jazeera, where she rose from the position of a technical planner to producer and then editor. She hasn’t looked back since cutting her teeth in her first assignment, covering the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in India.
Neha’s stellar background gained her acceptance into the prestigious Harvard University, where she recently graduated with a Master in Public Administration, and an award for academic distinction.
NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Undergraduate
Her love for animals brought this O-level 3-pointer from Singapore Chinese Girls School to TP’s Veterinary Technology course after secondary school. Her desire to be of service to others then led her to the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.
At TP, Sofeah worked hard to ensure that she could have as many options for further studies as possible. And she excelled! With her impressive GPA, the three-time TP Scholarship recipient successfully made her way to medical school.
Today, Sofeah is keeping her medical career options open, but is giving some thought to specialising in geriatric medicine, to help the elderly achieve a good quality of life.
Ju-Jitsu Silver Medallist, 2018 Asian Games
Constance is Singapore’s first-ever medal winner in this sport at the Asian Games. The second-year Early Childhood Studies student only fell in love with Ju-Jitsu less than three years ago, but she dreams of becoming the world champion one day.
Her dedication and natural ability saw her make the cut to represent Team Singapore at the 2018 Asian Games. Up against more experienced competitors, Constance dug deep and fought her way to the finals, where she eventually lost to the reigning world champion, Sung Kira, by only 2 points!
This all-rounder also excels in her studies, having earned her place on the prestigious Director’s List with her outstanding academic performance.
Founder, XXV Singapore
Lutfil Hadi is a man of heart and ideas. As a student, after receiving some financial assistance from TP, he decided to give back by designing and selling t-shirts that paid homage to TP’s 25th anniversary. Proceeds from their sales would go to students in financial need. His effort paid off, with sales far exceeding his expectations.
He didn’t stop there. With some financial support and guidance from TP’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Centre, Lutfil turned his charitable work into a growing business. Our enterprising graduate has since expanded his collection to include other merchandise and today, XXV sells sweatshirts, jerseys, tote bags, lanyards and accessories. The company continues to donate 10 percent of all sales proceeds to TP’s needy students.
Deputy Director, Legal Aid Bureau
In 2003, Sheela Kumari became the first polytechnic student to be enrolled into the NUS Law Faculty.
Upon graduating from TP’s Law & Management course as a top student, she applied for a place at NUS Law. During her interview, her natural eloquence and passion for law shone through and secured her a place in the university.
Since then, Sheela has established her career and worked for the likes of Rajah & Tann. Today, she finds meaning and gratification working for the Legal Aid Bureau, which gives access to legal assistance to those who cannot afford it.