Leap year baby wins $30,000 scholarship
A BABY born at the stroke of midnight on Leap Day, which happens once every four years on Feb 29, has won a $30,000 scholarship.
The infant, weighing 3.31kg, was born at Mount Alvernia Hospital to sales professional Goo Kim Liong and his accounts administrative executive wife Shoo Chui Ngoo, both 39, Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily News reported yesterday.
The boy, whom Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao reported was born eight days earlier than expected, is their second child. They have a daughter aged two years and four months.
As the infant was the first to be born here on Feb 29, he has snagged a $30,000 Leap Year Baby Scholarship from the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), the fourth time such an award has been given out.
Mr Goo told Shin Min that he and his wife were unaware that such an award existed until the nurses told them.
The happy father said that he found the award "very meaningful" but added that the boy's health is "most important".
Mr Goo added that his father, who picked the name for his daughter, will name the boy.
The baby has also won $600 in vouchers from MDIS, which it gave away to the first 10 leap year babies born this year to mark its 60th anniversary.
The scholarship will cover the child's course fees for any bachelor's degree programme jointly offered by MDIS and its university partners, including those from Australia, France, Britain and the United States.
He must meet entry requirements for the selected programme and must use the scholarship before he is 30 years old.