Guess what, I’ve been offered the prestigious Malaysia National Scholarship 2013! Such a pleasant surprise. I didn’t expect it. I knew I would get good grades for my SPM 2012 examination, but imagine, the top 50 for like 400000+ students?! Woah, my parents were so proud of me. =)
The offer letter cover.
The offer letter.
Okay, enough chit-chat. Here are the details of the generous scholarship offered to me:
- Full tuition fees, accommodation fees, exam fees and a monthly allowance of RM150 (JPA said 645 was too much because food and accommodations are already provided at KYUEM =( ) for my Pre-U studies.
- I have to restart my A-Levels at Kolej Yayasan UEM (KYUEM) starting from June.
- After my Pre-U studies, I have to enroll into a university ranked top 10 by The Times for each respective field of study for the respective year. Example, if I’m wanting to do medics in 2012, then I’ll have to enroll into a university ranked top 10 for medics for the year 2012 by The Times such as Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial etc.
- Of course, with my A-Level results, I can also apply for UM, USM, UKM and UPM, but I guess nobody is going to do that lol.
- Once I enter university, I’ll get a boost of my monthly allowance to 1.5k sterling pound. The scholarship will cover fully my university tuition fees, besides granting me hostel fees, book allowance, a laptop allowance of RM5000 for the first year ONLY and even clothes allowance (What’s this?!). A lot of other small and crappy allowances are also provided lol.
- The best thing is, there is no bond associated with the scholarship. You are only required to work in Malaysia for 7 years after graduating (10 years for medicine).
- You can choose to further your studies to Master degree or even PhD after consideration by JPA. However, you’re still required to work in Malaysia for a period of time upon graduation.
- Just in case I don’t get into the top 10 universities listed by The Times, as long as I get into the top 50 universities for my respective field of study (except medics, dentistry, pharmacy, they need to get top 10), JPA will transfer me under their PILN programme without having to go through any interviews. Under the PILN programme, my tuition fees will still be fully covered, just that I won’t receive that much allowance as those going to the top 10 universities.
I’m obviously very happy about the scholarship. However, it’s still a bit of hassle and trouble for me, because I’ve already started my A-Levels at Sunway College in January 2013, and now they’re asking me to restart it again, at KYUEM?! It’s going to be damn boring and a waste of my time and college fees. But I guess I can’t have the best of both worlds anyway. I’ve just received a scholarship worth at least RM500k and you won’t catch me whining over my 12k college fees wasted lol. /.\ Anyway, I’ll try to appeal to JPA so that I can continue my A-Level studies at Sunway College. Keeping my fingers crossed. Hope I succeed. Wish me luck.
Just in case you’re wondering what results it takes to get the National Scholarship, I’m afraid I don’t know either. However, you definitely have to gain straight A+s in your SPM to be even considered for the scholarship. Next comes your average marks. For my trial exam, I got an average of 94 marks. Not to demotivate you, but I’ve had a talk with some of the guys there regarding their marks, and I would estimate that you’ll need an average marks of 92 and above to get the scholarship. Just an estimate, nothing definite. Hope this helps. =)
Okay, I’m done. Hope this post has been informative and helpful to you guys. Cheers and good luck for your exams.