Saturday, May 03, 2008

JPA or PSD Scholarships for SPM 2007 Candidates

Public Service Department has announced new initiatives for SPM 2007 candidates.

As long as they get above 9As in their SPM, they would be guaranteed JPA or PSD scholarships to study in Form 6 in Fully Aided Schools .

Those in Universiti Malaya’s Science Preparatory Centre and International Islamic University’s matriculation programme, would also be offered scholarships.

If these students decide to do their degree in local university, they would be offered scholarships as well. These local universities include Malaysian branch of a foreign university such as Monash University, Nottingham University, Curtin University of Technology and Swinburne Unversity.

If these students get admission into Ivy League or equivalent university, they would be offered scholarships as well.

My personal thought on this is that it is quite a good move, as it would help to retain the top students within our country, but I think such scholarship, their details would need to be clearer. On studying at fully aided schools, these might need to be highlighted, as all those SMJK, which are traditionally top STPM schools are partially aided. So, they would not be part of this deal.

This is the details of the scholarship, as highlighted by The Star

Full quotation of it is as follow:-
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PSD scholarships for SPM students with 9As


PETALING JAYA: The Public Service Department (PSD) will offer scholarships to all students who scored 9As in their SPM examinations last year, regardless of background, to study Form Six in fully-aided schools.

Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Sidek Hassan said students who do matriculation, including those in Universiti Malaya’s Science Preparatory Centre and International Islamic University’s matriculation programme, would also be offered scholarships.

These students will also be sponsored for their first degree if they do it in a local university, he said in a statement yesterday.

Sidek said the PSD would also sponsor such students if they obtained places in an Ivy League or equivalent university.

Top-scoring students who get a place in a Malaysian branch of a foreign university such as Monash University, Nottingham University, Curtin University of Technology and Swinburne Unversity will also be offered scholarships.

On top of this, Sidek said the PSD would offer scholarships to 2,000 students for overseas studies and a further 10,000 for studies in local universities.

He said the scholarships were being offered in line with the Government’s efforts to develop human capital.

He said the Government was aware that the number of high achievers is growing every year. Yet, not every student would have a chance to get Government sponsorship.

“The Government realises that high achievers are assets.

“As such, it has introduced the initiative to increase the number of scholarships where students of any background will be offered as long as they satisfy the SPM 9A score condition,” he said.

The move, Sidek added, would indirectly encourage these high achievers to further their education in local universities.

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

this details of new scholarship are so sketchy, to make it worse there are no further details on the jpa, moe and mohe websites.

they should upload relevant info and guidelines as soon as possible to benefit students and relieve them from the agony of uncertainty!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, very vague indeed. So many question marks. Do they mean all who have 9A's (1A and 2A) will automatically qualify? No interview, no selection like races,cocurriculum activities,family background etc etc. Hope the authority concerned will clear our doubts and relieve us of the agony of waiting and uncertainties.

Chen Chow said...

JPA has mentioned that more details would be announced next week.

KeNth said...

hey chen chow

kenneth hiew here frm famine 2006

am in lower six now. currently awaiting the decision of JPA on this


sadly, didnt manage to secure JPA

Andrew said...

hey chen chow! found your blog when i was searching fot that 9a scholarship.

i was in famine 2006!

currently im in lower six. the scholarship offered must be registered online. my school just announced it.