The late Madam Sarasvathy Kanagasabai was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Having lost her parents at a fairly young age, she was raised by her relatives in pre-war Malaya.
Education and career opportunities were limited for women of her generation.
Nonetheless, she firmly believed in opportunities for education for all, regardless of race, gender or station in life. She valued hard work, enterprise, adventure, risk-taking, duty and integrity, qualities which she sought to inculcate in all her seven children.
This bursary is a small tribute to those qualities that she espoused and embodied, and to her free spirit, her sense of humour, and, above all, to the memory of a beloved mother. This bursary is made possible through the generosity of Mr Mohanadass Kanagasabai, son of the late Madam Sarasvathy Kanagasabai.