The Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship to Encourage Upgrading (LKY-STEP) Award

Merit Based Scholarship | Scholarship Provided by : Lee Kuan Yew

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The Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship to Encourage Upgrading (LKY-STEP) Award is a merit based scholarship provided by Lee Kuan Yew.  Five scholarships are offered per year. Students interested in several fields of study including Architecture, Art & Design, Medicine, Business Management and Computer Science & Information Technology at the undergraduate level from several universities including Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, and Singapore Management University can apply for this scholarship.

Scholarship application closes on
May 29, 2016
Scholarship provided type
Number of scholarships offered
5 per year
Study Level
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Scholarship Details

The scholarship is applicable to students from Singapore for studies in Singapore. Scholarships of up to S$3500 are awarded to the students. The scholarship is open to all undergraduate students.


Eligibility Criteria

Students can apply irrespective of their gender. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:
  • Be a Singapore citizen or a Singapore Permanent Resident
  • Study at a full-time undergraduate programme leading to a first degree
  • Have strong leadership qualities and potential
  • Have an excellent Co-Curricular Activities records


Application Process

Applications usually open on 3rd May and close on 23rd May. Awards are offered based on competition amongst shortlisted candidates. Students can access the online application at the link below:
  • Interviews are held in June
  • Students who are shortlisted for the interviews are informed in early June
  • Only shortlisted candidates are notified for an interview.
Documents to be submitted:
  • Copy of NRIC
  • Polytechnic transcript
  • Polytechnic diploma certificate
  • GCE O-Level result/ITE results
  • Academic awards in schools
  • Financial awards / scholarships held previously
  • Co-curricular activity records
  • One A4 page essay.

Additional Information

The award may be withdrawn at any time, if, in the opinion of the university, the award holder’s progress or behaviour has not been satisfactory. If the award holder decides to terminate the scholarship prematurely, the university reserves the right to impose a repayment on a case-by-case basis.

LKY-STEP Award covers the normal duration of the undergraduate studies on the condition that the holder maintains a good academic performance and satisfactory conduct.
  • LKY-STEP Award holders receive:
    • One-off cash award of S$3,500
    • Subsidised tuition fees are waived by the universities if LKY-STEP Award holders are unsuccessful in securing a concurrent scholarship.

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