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About the Scholarship

The Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship to Encourage Upgrading (LKY-STEP) Award was established from donations received from Mr Lee Kuan Yew through the sale proceeds of autographed editions of Volume 2 of his Memoirs. The objective of the award is to encourage lifelong learning and will be offered to outstanding polytechnic graduates pursuing full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore University of Technology & Design(SUTD), Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) or Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). 


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Scholarship Details

LKY-STEP Award covers up to the normal programme duration on the condition that the holder maintain a record of good academic performance and exemplary conduct.

  • One-off cash award of S$3,500.
  • Subsidised Tuition fees will be waived by the universities if LKY-STEP Award holders are unsuccessful in securing a concurrent scholarship.
  • No bond attached, apart from the three-year bond applicable to all Singapore PRs under the MOE Tuition Grant Scheme.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents.
  • Successful awardees should read a full-time undergraduate degree programme leading to a first degree* at NTU, NUS, SMU, SUTD, SIT or SUSS.
  • Possess outstanding Diploma awarded by a polytechnic in Singapore (preferably Diploma with Merit) or SIT (Poly-FSI) qualifications.
  • Excellent co-curricular records.
  • Strong leadership qualities and potential.

    *With the exception of Biomedical Sciences & Chinese Medicine programme for which the award will only cover the first three years of study at NTU.

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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The award may be withdrawn at any time, if, in the opinion of the university, the award holder’s progress or behaviour has not been satisfactory.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.

Application Process

Application opens in May 2019.

National University of Singapore (NUS) is the Secretariat for LKY-STEP Award in AY2019/2020.

  • Details on the scholarship application will be released in April 2019.
  • Scholarship selection interviews will take place in June/July 2019.
  • Only applicants shortlisted for an interview will be informed via e-mail in June. Applicants that are not shortlisted will not receive any e-mail communication.

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