The David Marshall Endowment encourages and advances education and training, with a focus on arts and culture. The endowment is a tribute to Mr David Saul Marshall who became Singapore’s first elected Chief Minister in 1955.
During his term, Mr Marshall led the early efforts to win self-government for Singapore, while dealing with crises such as the Hock Lee bus riots and strikes. A highly successful criminal lawyer known for his magnificent eloquence and commanding presence, Mr Marshall furthered Singapore's interests even after retiring from politics in 1963, serving as Ambassador to France, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland between 1978 and 1993. His resilience and zest for life was clearly demonstrated during his later years as an ambassador.
To date, the beneficiaries of the David Marshall Endowment include the School of the Arts, the Singapore Repertory Theatre and the Singapore National Youth Orchestra.