The President may use the influence of his position to support charitable and social causes, such as sports, volunteerism, social entrepreneurship, culture and the arts. The President's Challenge championed by the President is one such example.  

The President is often invited to grace events organised by grassroots, community and welfare groups, ethnic and religious celebrations and social activities. 

The Istana is open to the public on national festivities such as the Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali, Labour Day and National Day. President will interact with members of the public during these open houses.


The President lends his name to awards in recognition of excellence achieved in various fields which are of importance to our nation and society and to encourage the development of our youths. These are as follows:


The Boys' Brigade President's Award 

The highest award in the Boys' Brigade programme, the President's Award is presented to BB Primers who have successfully completed the demanding requirements in leadership and service in the community, as well as in the BB as adventure activity leaders or event planners. In undertaking the Primers Programme, Primers are prepared not only for continued service in the BB, but also for young adulthood and active citizenship.

For more information on the Boys' Brigade President's Award, visit the Boys' Brigade website.


President's Challenge Social Enterprise Award (PCSEA) 

Launched in March 2012, the President's Challenge Social Enterprise Award (PCSEA) is the only award within the social enterprise sector in Singapore that recognizes outstanding social enterprises for their contributions made to the local community.

For more information on the PCSEA, visit the President's Challenge website.


President's Design Award 

The President's Design Award is Singapore's most prestigious design accolade. Established in 2006, the Award recognises excellence across all design disciplines, including advertising design and visual communications, architecture and urban design, fashion design, furniture design, interior design, landscape design, product and industrial design.

For more information on the President's Design Award, visit the Design Singapore website.


President's Award for the Environment 

The President's Award for the Environment (PAE) is the highest environmental accolade for individuals, organisations and companies that have made significant contributions towards environmental and water resource sustainability in Singapore. It recognises and honours the sustained environment and water-related contributions by environmental champions from the People, Public and Private (3P) sectors.

For more information on the President's Award for the Environment, visit the Ministry of The Environment & Water Resources website.


President's Guide Award 

The President's Guide Award, the highest level of achievement attainable by a Guide below the age of 18, is given in recognition of the Guides' love for Guiding, her commitment towards the Guiding Movement, and her efforts in upholding Guiding values and skills to respectable standards.

A President's Guide, is one, who through her years of Guiding experiences, has proven herself to have assimilated the qualities of leadership, strength of character and moral integrity, and civic consciousness and service oriented.

For more information on the President's Guide Award, click on this link.


President's Award for Nurses 

The President's Award for Nurses is a national award given in recognition of nurses who have made outstanding and significant contributions to the nursing profession and the community.

For more information on the President's Award for Nurses, click on this link


President's Scholarship Award 

The President's Scholarship is widely regarded as Singapore's most prestigious undergraduate scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to students who have gone beyond excellence in academic pursuits and co-curricular activities to distinguish themselves. In awarding the President's Scholarship, the PSC looks for outstanding young men and women with a strong ethos for Public Service, sound character and a dedication to improving the lives of Singaporeans. 

The President's Scholarship is awarded on top of another Public Sector scholarship.

For more information on President's Scholarship Award, visit the Public Service Commission website.



President's Scout Award 

The President's Scout Award is presented to the nation's most outstanding Venture Scouts in recognition of their excellent leadership and personal performance, their dedication to the Scout movements and their service to the community.

For more information on the President's Scout Award, click on this link.



President's Science and Technology Award 

First presented in 1987, the National Science and Technology Awards (NSTA) was elevated to the President's Science and Technology Awards (PSTA) in 2009. PSTA is the highest honours bestowed on exceptional research scientists and engineers in Singapore for their excellent achievements in science and technology and is given annually to recognise and celebrate outstanding and invaluable contributions by individuals or teams to the research and development landscape in Singapore. The President's Science and Technology Awards constitutes three different awards, namely, the President's Science and Technology Medal, the President's Science Award and the President's Technology Award.

For more information on the President's Science & Technology Awards, visit the A*Star website.


Singapore Red Cross President's Youth Award 

The Singapore Red Cross President's Youth Award may be awarded to the most outstanding cadets in recognition of their exemplary contributions and achievements. The individual would demonstrate leadership qualities, possess good academic scores, and be knowledgeable about the global perspective and current affairs of the Red Cross.

For more information on the Singapore Red Cross President's Youth Award, visit the Singapore Red Cross website.



SSO President's Young Performers Concert 

The President's Young Performers Concert was started in 2001 and has grown into a major local event to showcase Singapore's young and promising musical talents, many of whom have gone on to pursue successful careers in music, both locally and overseas.


President's Award for Teachers 

The President's Award for Teachers (PAT), introduced in 1998, gives national recognition to the critical role teachers play in moulding the future of our nation. These excellent teachers prepare their students for life and are committed to their own professional growth and the professional development of other teachers. They are those who, through word and deed, inspire both their students and peers. The award is presented annually by the President of the Republic of Singapore on Teachers' Day. 

For more information on the President's Award for Teachers, visit the Academy of Singapore Teachers website.



President's Young Talents 

Inaugurated by the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) in 2001, the President's Young Talents is Singapore's premier commissioning exhibition, featuring the island's most promising artists under the age of 35. Selected by an independent curatorial committee of local art professionals, these artists are mentored through the entire process of art creation, from concept development to exhibition realisation.


President's Volunteerism and Philanthropy Award 

The President's Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards (PVPA) are pinnacle awards for volunteerism and philanthropy. The awards honour those who have set excellence benchmarks in encouraging the spirit of giving in Singapore.

For more information on the President's Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards, visit the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre website.