We thank Mr Devadas Krishnadas for his letter ("PSC scholarships: Tackle larger issues"; last Friday).
We agree that students from less privileged backgrounds should be helped.
There are government bursaries and financial assistance schemes to help them get a good education and enhance their social mobility.
A Public Service Commission (PSC) scholarship has a different purpose.
It is meant to help the Singapore Public Service get its fair share of talent.
As the scholarship is awarded based on merit, there are no quotas.
What this means is that all deserving candidates, regardless of their family backgrounds, are awarded the scholarship.
In assessing applicants for scholarships, the PSC looks not just at their capabilities, but also their commitment and passion to serve Singapore and Singaporeans.