Dickson was born legally blind with Leber’s congenital amaurosis, a rare degenerative disease that results in severe loss of vision. He is unable to read fine print and hence, uses a magnifier for printed text and a screen reader when using the computer. His eyes are also sensitive to sunlight.
Dickson did not allow his disability to hinder his education and learning.
In Secondary School, he received the Edusave bursary awards in 2007 and 2008, as well as an academic award for topping his cohort in History in 2007. Dickson was also active in the school band and the St John’s Ambulance Brigade.
Dickson went on to be the first legally blind student in Singapore to pursue a diploma education at Nanyang Polytechnic. There, he took up business management studies and specialised in human resource management. He made it to the Director’s List for four consecutive semesters from 2011 to 2013 and achieved a GPA score of 3.92.
Currently a final-year Bachelor of Computing in Computer Science student at the National University of Singapore (NUS School of Computing), Dickson represents Singapore at accessibility conferences. He interned at Singtel IT and GovTech and is also the co-lead for Theseabilities’ Web & Mobile Accessibility Initiative. Dickson hopes to come up with an invention that would help improve the lives of people with visual impairments.
The Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities is a multi-disciplinary scholarship that recognises excellent academic results of students with physical, hearing, visual or speech impairment, as well as developmental disabilities, and enables them to complete their undergraduate studies at a recognised local university.
Application for this scholarship is open to all Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents who
- are diagnosed with a permanent, physical, sensory or developmental disability,
- have good GCE ‘A’ Level and/or Diploma results,
- are applying for full-time first degree programme in local universities or a part-time degree programme at Singapore University of Social Sciences.
Complete the application form and send it back to us by 23 May 2018 along with scanned copies of these supporting documents:
- Photocopy of front and back of Identity Card
- Medical certification of disabilities
- Academic records and transcripts
- University enrollment letter
- Records of personal achievements
For more questions, please contact us here.