If you’ve recently completed your SPM exams, then you need to think carefully about your next major academic step. Yet, if you’re like the many financially-challenged SPM leavers, your future is not secure until you can find a good higher education scholarship in Malaysia. Although online resources that list the most appropriate post-SPM scholarships in Malaysia are scarce, you still need to find them if you’re unable to afford a degree course.
Here’s a straightforward list that’s likely to end your possibly frantic search for the appropriate university scholarship after SPM:
1. TOP GLOVE SCHOLARSHIP FUND 2017
This higher education sponsorship program offers you an opportunity to study at any local Malaysian university. You need to be already enrolled at a local university to qualify for the academic sponsorship. In addition, excellent academic results in SPM and participation in extra-curriculum activities are important prerequisites here.
If accepted into the scholarship program, you’ll receive funding based on the specific full-time degree course you’re pursuing in Malaysia. For example, students taking up law, arts, and management undergraduate studies receive up to RM 7,000 each year. Other supported undergraduate programs include engineering, medicine, and applied science.
2. IACT CREATIVE TALENT AWARD 2018
If you’re into the creative arts, this brainchild of the IACT College is a great scholarship opportunity for you. So long as you did your SPM at a Malaysian public, private, or international school, you can apply to this program. To be considered, you have to pass your SPM with 1A or higher, and demonstrate a perfect grasp of the English language.
One great advantage with this program is that it can sponsor your foundation course in disciplines such as media studies. If you’re taking up a diploma in marketing and advertising, broadcasting, mass communication, or graphic design, this sponsorship may be what you need. But when you’re already qualified for direct entry into university, consider applying for BA (Hons) Media, Culture, and Communication, or BA (Hons) Advertising and Design sponsorship.
3. UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON HIGH ACHIEVER SCHOLARSHIP
Look at this program if you’d like to study at the University of Southampton (Malaysia Campus), but you’re unable to raise your first-year tuition fees. Only first-year undergraduate students are eligible for the sponsorship, which covers only the first year of study. If you’re accepted into a degree program at this university, you’re automatically enrolled into the scholarship, so you need not apply for it separately.
You’re the ideal candidate for the scholarship program if you have 5As or more in your SPM. In addition, you need to be an engineering undergraduate student at the university to benefit from the automatic first-year sponsorship. There’s no deadline for applying to this program.
4. UCSI PRINCIPAL’S SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
This is an award under the UCSI University Trust that you should consider applying to if you can prove exceptional academic accomplishment and participation in co-curriculum activities. If accepted, you’ll benefit from partial or full tuition fee reductions over your entire undergraduate studies at USCI University or UCSI College.
You’ll get a full tuition fee waiver if your mid-term SPM results show 9As as well as As in subjects relevant to your undergraduate degree program, including English. On the other hand, a partial waiver will apply if you got 5 to 7As in the required subjects. In addition, holding student leadership positions, such as president or chairman, and participation in school clubs and societies gives you a competitive edge over fellow scholarship applicants.
If you’re a Malaysian SPM leaver, searching for financial relief to facilitate your higher education needs not be like a wild goose chase. Hopefully, the simplified list above can point you in the right direction so you can quickly find a scholarship in Malaysia that helps secure a bright academic future!