Interview with Ms Foong King Yi, Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship Recipient 2013

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 Interview with Ms Foong King Yi, Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship Recipient 2013

March 20, 2015
​Microsoft YouthSpark is a global initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries during the next three years. This companywide initiative includes citizenship and other company programmes—both new and enhanced—that empower youth to imagine and realise their full potential by connecting them with greater opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship.  

Since young, Ms Foong King Yi struggled with reading, writing and spelling and had difficulties coping with her studies. Concerned, her parents and teachers brought her for learning assessments. King Yi was eventually diagnosed with dyslexia when she was 10. 

After graduating from St Theresa’s Convent, King Yi decided to further her studies in information technology (IT) and chose a Diploma in Business Applications at Republic Polytechnic as her course of study. At first, she struggled academically as she found it difficult to understand what was taught during lectures. To overcome that, King Yi drew out maps and diagrams to understand the theories better through visualisation. Even though the process was time-consuming and took a lot of effort, King Yi believed in working harder than others so that she would not lag behind because of her disability.

King Yi received the Ministry of Education’s EAGLES award, given to students who had demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and excelled in co-curricular activities. She was awarded the Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship in 2013 and is presently pursuing a Bachelor of Business in Logistics and Supply Chain at SIM-RMIT.

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