Determined to Dream
Twenty-two year-old Shirley Lee is a determined and ambitious young lady despite her difficult and challenging childhood. Since 12, she was placed in the care of her paternal grandparents. She had to be placed in The Tent, a welfare home for girls in May 2006, after they passed on.
In 2009, Shirley joined a mentoring programme run by Beautiful People that helps girls to find meaning and purpose in life and to work towards fulfilling their dreams. While at The Tent, Shirley studied hard in school. At the same time, she took up part-time jobs whenever she could, since she has no family to rely on financially.
At the Institute of Technology Education, Shirley found her passion in Accounting. She did well, achieving a Higher NITEC in Accounting. Subsequently, she earned her Accounting Diploma at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 2015. She funded her Polytechnic education through a bursary and part-time jobs.
Shirley’s interest and passion in the subject motivated her to pursue tertiary education in this field. Shirley’s dream is to be an accounting lecturer/teacher either in Polytechnic or University.
Through our Dream Fund, Shirley has successfully graduated with a Bachelor degree in Accountancy from the Singapore Institute of Management – Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She has also found a job with an auditing firm!
Written in 2017