RM50 million State Govt scholarship open for application

Yusof (centre) announces details of the State Government scholarship while Jenifer (right) and others look on.

KOTA KINABALU: Application for State Government scholarship is open today (March 26) for eligible students from Sabah and Labuan.

Minister of Education and Innovation Datuk Dr Yusof B. Yacob said the State Government has allocated about RM50 million to fund existing scholarship recipients and new applicants.

He said the State Government would be offering scholarship for 12 diploma courses and 34 undergraduate degree courses in public higher learning institutions (IPTA) and private higher learning institutions (IPTS).

“Students can apply for courses they desire but my advice is to pursue the courses listed by the State Government because these are the courses that meet the industry demand,” he said at a press conference here yesterday.

Dr Yusof said students could apply for the scholarship online at www.biasiswa.sabah.gov.my before the deadline on April 25, 2019. Students could also check the status of their application online.

The diploma courses listed include actuarial science, surveying, engineering, health and livestock farming, property management, accounting, agriculture, pure science, architecture and information technology.

Diploma scholarship applicants must pass the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) with at least 7As.

Meanwhile, the undergraduate or first degree courses that are offered scholarship include actuarial science, aquaculture, economy, pharmacy, engineering, entrepreneurship, communication, surveying, accounting, dentistry, forestry, fishery, agriculture, medicine, veterinary, psychology, environmental science, music, tourism and hospitality, education, Islamic studies, marine biological science, biotechnology, computer science, among others.

Scholarship applicants for first degree courses must pass Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with at least a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.33; diploma with CGPA 3.50; obtain at least Jayyid in Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) or pass matriculation or foundation programmes with CGPA 3.50.

Applicants for medicine, dentistry and pharmacy courses must obtain at least a CGPA of 3.8 for STPM, diploma or matriculation.

The age limit for diploma and undergraduate degree scholarship is not more than 20 and 25 years old respectively.

Dr Yusof said there was no fixed quota for the scholarship but the State Government would seek to sponsor students who have scored outstanding results in SPM and STPM.

“Based on our records, there are 148 students who scored 10As in SPM and 61 students who obtained 4As in STPM in Sabah.”

He said students who have obtained an offer letter from university could apply for the scholarship as well.

“For those who have not, we can assist them in enrolling into higher learning institutions.

“This is to prevent students from getting into unaccredited institutions, or select courses that are irrelevant to industry demand.”

He said there have been mistakes made in the past where students who were sponsored attended universities that were not even recognized, or pursued courses that were not relevant to industry needs.

As such, he advised students to change their mindset and opt for courses recommended that would meet needs of the industry, thereby help to develop the State.

In addition, Dr Yusof said the State Government has set aside 250 slots for poor students, or about 10 students from each district, to pursue higher education in IPTA or IPTS.

“The higher learning institutions must have Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with industry players so that these students would be employed upon graduation.

“Our aim to bring them out of poverty.”

He said the average sponsorship of RM20,000 for each poor student would pay for their tuition fees, living costs and accommodation.

Dr Yusof continued to say that his ministry would look into increasing the budget for scholarships so that more Sabahan students could enter IPTA or IPTS.

Nonetheless, he also encouraged students to look into scholarships offered by other sponsors as well, including Yayasan Sabah, Petronas, Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) and other foundations.

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