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leesiew
11-02-2011, 12:30 PM
Hello everyone.

I'm keen to sign up my daughter for the school-based scholarship offered by the Singapore government. However, she is in a Kebangsaan school. I was told that only Chinese school students were eligible to apply. Is that true? Is there an email address to which I can write?

I will appreciate any information on the matter greatly.

Cheers!

DarkNite
11-02-2011, 01:00 PM
Do you have any details or specifics for this so called school-based scholarship offered by the Singapore government?

I've few relations in their ASEAN scholarship (http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/scholarships/asean/) program.

leesiew
11-02-2011, 01:08 PM
I'm afraid I don't have much details but I understand that the ASEAN scholarship is a different program. If my daughter isn't successful in applying for the school-based scholarship, then I'd like her to have a shot at the ASEAN one. :)

cpleong
11-02-2011, 03:19 PM
Go for the ASEAN one first. That's more prestigious, and covers more $. Not sure about school-based ones...these must be offered by private/coveted schools, and results must be top notch.

leesiew
11-02-2011, 04:02 PM
Go for the ASEAN one first. That's more prestigious, and covers more $. Not sure about school-based ones...these must be offered by private/coveted schools, and results must be top notch.You're right. The ASEAN one is more prestigious but the thing is it's coming later. The school-based scholarship is being offered now. :D

HTCHONG
11-02-2011, 07:55 PM
The school based scholarship is offered by a few prestigious schools, such as, Raffles Institution (RI), Hwa Chong Institution. For your girl, you may want to try CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls Secondary, Cedar Girls’ Secondary or Anderson Secondary (a co-ed school).

Since it is a school based scholarship, you have to call the school for detail information. I heard the scholarship is mainly for the mainland Chinese but I may be wrong. Personally, I think ASEAN scholarship is a better deal. :)

For your reference

http://www.ri.edu.sg/main/schoolinfo/forstudents/admissionfee/scholarships

leesiew
11-02-2011, 11:53 PM
HtChong, thanks for your invaluable input. :)

DarkNite
12-02-2011, 10:18 AM
BTW How old is she?

leesiew
15-02-2011, 04:00 AM
She is 12. :)

DarkNite
15-02-2011, 01:18 PM
She is 12. :)
My opinion is too young. Suggest apply when she is in early Form2.

leesiew
18-02-2011, 11:46 AM
Go for the ASEAN one first. That's more prestigious, and covers more $. Not sure about school-based ones...these must be offered by private/coveted schools, and results must be top notch.Speaking of the Asean scholarship, do you know what kind of tests are conducted? In terms of preparation, how does the checklist look like?

Appreciate all information. Thanking you in advance.
My opinion is too young. Suggest apply when she is in early Form2.Thank you for your thoughts. :)

cml
18-02-2011, 01:21 PM
I think they would advertise in the papers and they would go around conducting tests and interviews to determine the candidates suitability. They normally hold the tests in hotels but not in the 5 star hotels because i think they are quite thrifty and unlike ours who would take everyone oportunity to splurge on gomens account.

leesiew
18-02-2011, 01:28 PM
Thank you, CML.

Anyone has children on the Asean Scholarship? Please do share your children's experience. :)

DarkNite
18-02-2011, 01:58 PM
Speaking of the Asean scholarship, do you know what kind of tests are conducted? In terms of preparation, how does the checklist look like?

I.Q., Maths and English - written and spoken. Every yr they change the format and priority. During interview they test(explore) candidate's character and mind set.

DarkNite
18-02-2011, 02:10 PM
Thank you, CML.
Anyone has children on the Asean Scholarship? Please do share your children's experience. :)
This scholarship only leads to 'O' level if you joined before taking Form 5/SPM.
If the candidate perform excellent in 'O' levels then the Sinkapo gomen will consider for pass-thru to 'A' level. And if further achieve excellence academic 'A' level results and co-curriculum then have to apply for Sinkapo's STAR scholarship.
FYI, Brilliant Malaysian Chinese girls are highly sought after. ;)

cml
18-02-2011, 03:10 PM
I saw them do it at the place i worked in Kuching. It seems the parents were much more excited than the students themselves and some of them were very stressed by it. Some came out crying and some blank expressions. The parents were all outside very concerned. I suppose that if one can get in then more or less ones future is secured.

tictactoe
18-02-2011, 03:11 PM
My friend's girl took the exam last year and found the maths test difficult cos it has topics not covered in the m'sian primary maths syllabus. Seems that those who got the scholarship all took additional olympic maths.

Rhiga
18-02-2011, 03:28 PM
You're right. The ASEAN one is more prestigious but the thing is it's coming later. The school-based scholarship is being offered now. :D

It is always good if your kids are selected and sponsored to study in Singapore (private or public)... no doubt about it.

Just have to evaluate the non-academic aspect i.e. psychological readiness, maturity if he/she has to be fully independent in Singapore especially at young age.

And for parents, do understand that the scholarship is not a visa for tertiary education in Singapore. Due to stiff competition among them, there are always success and failure stories.

No intention to pour cold water, I think it is good to factor the above when making decision.

Cheers

twique
18-02-2011, 04:35 PM
Thank you, CML.

Anyone has children on the Asean Scholarship? Please do share your children's experience. :)

my friend was a scholar some 20 years back. she was awarded the scholarship to attend sec 3 and 4 after SRP. she said it was a stressful time for her and she started to develop anxiety attack due to the pressure of maintaining good grades and it continues to her haunt her till this day. although she was offered A level scholarship upon completion of O level, she chose to come back to attend private college here. she thinks that 12 is a little to young and mid teen is probably a better age albeit the pressure.

jimijamison
21-02-2011, 01:54 PM
I am curious about 1 thing - if the kids are offered scholarships overseas, do they still need to attend National Service or are they exempt?

DarkNite
21-02-2011, 07:21 PM
I am curious about 1 thing - if the kids are offered scholarships overseas, do they still need to attend National Service or are they exempt?
Wow...my kids wasn't selected, so dunno.