PSC makes revisions to scholarships

PSC makes revisions to scholarships
Awarded: Some of this year’s Public Service Commission (PSC) Scholarship winners (from left) Daryl Pang, 20, Loh Jia Wei, 19, and Jared Kang, 20.

The Public Service Commission (PSC) is no longer making a distinction between its Overseas Merit Scholarship and Local-Overseas Merit Scholarship schemes.

Both will now be called PSC scholarships.

This means scholarship holders, whether they study in Singapore or abroad , will all come under one scheme.

In a document posted on its website last Friday, the PSC said it found that the distinction between the local and overseas awards "did not serve any purpose".

"Local and overseas scholarship holders are developed in the same manner and have access to the same career opportunities, regardless of where they study," it said.

No changes will be made to a scholarship holder's bond period or study duration under the revised scheme. The bond period ranges from four to six years, depending on where a candidate studies.

PSC scholarships tied to the foreign, legal, teaching and uniformed services will continue to be offered with no changes to their terms.

Scholarship holders on the Local-Overseas Merit Scholarship did their undergraduate degrees locally and were given the chance to do their master's degrees overseas if they performed well. Those awarded the Overseas Merit Scholarship spent their undergraduate years in top universities overseas.

The changes will kick in for those who apply for PSC scholarships from the 2015 exercise onwards. They are in line with the Public Service Leadership Programme which started in 2013, the PSC said, as the adjustment will sharpen the PSC's focus "on identifying outstanding young men and women with clear potential" for the programme.

The leadership programme grooms high-calibre officers to specialise in five areas ranging from economy building to security.

Scholarship holders will be placed on it if they meet the criteria, the PSC added.

This article was first published on May 31, 2015.
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