Scholarships in Newspapers

The A level results is going to be released, and the same thing happens every year. Every year during this period of time, scholarship boards come together to advertise their scholarships in The Straits Times in an add-on paper called Scholars’ Choice.

It’s a day of demoralization when I realize that for one, I can’t get those scholarships because I’m a lowly stay in Singapore peasant, and two, I’m too old, already in University.

However, I can’t help but wonder, how many of us are absolutely sure of our interests and future aspirations? At the tender age of 18 going on 19, how many of us can really take the plunge and decide which university, which course, or even, which scholarship?

I guess one failure of our education system is that we did not manage to nurture a sense of interest and direction in most of our students, a thought I shared when I was contemplating which course to enter in NUS. We can’t blame the government, because such interests are hard to nurture and you have to expose students to a wide range of activities from arts to sciences and allow them to have free space to excel, without making them stressed out with trying to achieve high standards – something that’s in our CCAs today. That is why we don’t really have much direction.

Another thought I had now is, what scholarships are there for people like me, who are in university? Partial scholarships, I mean, where the scholarship board only pays for the remaining years you have in university. It is good to have partial scholarships, especially when the people there are more mature (after NS? About 4 years after their A level results?) and have a greater sense of direction. This is especially so after they have decided on their majors and their specializations within their majors. By then, they should have chosen a field they have more interest in, a field that they are comfortable with. We undergraduates would be in a much better position to know how we can serve the parent company.

Alas, not many scholarships offer partial scholarships. The two I know of is IDA, and ExxonMobile (I think. If I remember correctly from today’s newspaper).

Anyway, a scholarship isn’t very important in a local university context. I guess I will just go into my field of interest and hope that SIA will hire me. Lol.

2 thoughts on “Scholarships in Newspapers

  1. Partial scholarships? And lose the chance to bond the brightest minds for years and/or risk losing them to their ‘new-found interests’ along the way?

    Exposing students “to a wide range of activities from arts to sciences and allow them to have free space to excel”? Not if this affects demand in certain sectors of Singapore’s economy.

    Ever heard of a time when NUS raised school fees disproportionately across different faculties?

    With the system that’s already in place, doubt that some students can profess to have ‘a greater sense of direction’ even long after their tertiary days are over.

  2. Well, partial scholarships allows for bonds too, and they are more for people who are already interested in a particular field, after having been exposed to certain specializations?

    I do agree that whatever’s the hype now, the education sector will point students in that direction. It’s what happening for life sciences a few years back.

    For education to be truly successful, we have to have interested people studying their interested courses, and not go with the demand curve. But this will not happen.

    About NUS raising school fees disproportionately across different faculties, is that wrong?

    Well I tend to think that after tertiary education, we should have a better sense of direction than when we were in JC. How would be know that we would be interested in communication and IT in JC? We would only go to university and take relavant modules before discovering our interest.

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