Pre-University Scholarship Options in Malaysia

How can you get a scholarship in Malaysia?

There are many institutions in Malaysia that provide bursaries and scholarships to high performing students that can help ease the burden of college tuition fees.

The trick is knowing what scholarships are available, how you can apply, and most importantly, application deadlines.

Here are 3 main ways you can secure a scholarship for your pre-university studies in Malaysia.

#1. Bursary from Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA)

What It Is

Managed by the Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA), this scholarship is especially for SPM students who managed to score 9A+ and above. The scholarship is for pre-university studies and can be extended to degree studies depending on your grades.

What You Need To Know

  • To be eligible for this scholarship, you must score 9A+ and above in SPM 2017
  • Applicable for STPM, Matrikulasi, Asasi, as well as A-Level, AUSMAT and Foundation at selected local private institutions
  • Applicants who meet the criteria set by JPA will also get a full scholarship to pursue their degree at public universities and selected private universities in Malaysia
  • Double degrees, professional qualifications (e.g. ACCA), twinning programmes and non-accredited courses are not sponsored by JPA
  • Sponsorship is in the form of a convertible loan. However, you will not be required to pay back this loan if you serve as a public servant upon graduation.

Application Deadline

Apply online via the JPA’s website. Application is from 19 March 2018 to 30 June 2018. Results are tentatively set to be announced on 2 June 2017.

For other scholarships by JPA, check out our JPA Scholarships 2018 article.

#2. Scholarships from Companies

What It Is

Many government-linked companies (GLCs), private foundations and also companies in Malaysia offer scholarships to high performing students. These scholarships typically cover your tuition fees at universities, as well as allowance and accommodation.

What You Need To Know

  • Eligibility differs between institutions
  • Some institutions may offer scholarships for certain degree courses only
  • Most institutions will require you to attend an interview and / or submit a comprehensive application (which may include a personal essay), in addition to having good grades
  • Some institutions may also impose a scholarship bond, which requires you to work for the institution upon graduation

Application Deadline

Application typically opens as soon as SPM results are out, and may close as quickly as 7 days after results are released. Make sure you’re on the alert!

List of Institutions & Scholarships

The following is a list of some of the pre-university scholarships offered by various companies and institutions in Malaysia.

Name of ScholarshipStudy LevelInterview?Key HighlightsDeadline
Bank Negara Malaysia - The Kijang Emas ScholarshipPre-U, UndergraduateYes- Straight As in SPM
- Up to full tuition fees
21-Mar-18
Bank Negara Malaysia - The Kijang ScholarshipsPre-U, UndergraduateYes- Minimum of 8As in SPM
- Up to full tuition fees
- Applicable for students pursuing pre-university, and subsequently undergraduate studies in Economics, Accounting, Finance, Actuarial Science, Law and Computer Science
21-Mar-18
Petronas Education Sponsorship ProgrammePre-U, UndergraduateYes- Minimum of 4A+ 5A- with min. A- in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics
- Full scholarship
- Scholars will need to observe a bond
- Scholarships are available for foundation and degree studies at UTP, as well as pre-university in Malaysia and degree studies overseas
22-Mar-18
Yayasan Tenaga Nasional Biasiswa Luar NegaraPre-U, UndergraduateYes- Minimum of As in SPM; CGPA 4.00 for STPM
- Full scholarship
- Scholars will need to observe a bond
22-Mar-18
Shell Malaysia ScholarshipPre-U, UndergraduateUnspecified- Minimum of 8As in SPM
- Scholars will need to observe a bond
- Successful applicants will be sent to Kolej Tuanku Jaafar to pursue A-Level
25-Mar-18
Sin Chew Daily Education Fund ScholarshipPre-U, UndergraduateYes- Up to full tuition fees
- Bond-free scholarship
25-Mar-18
JPA Program Khas Jepun, Korea, Perancis dan Jerman (JKPJ) 2018Pre-U, UndergraduateYes- Minimum of 7As for SPM 2017 students in specific subjects depending on area of study
- Full scholarship
- Scholars will need to observe a bond
27-Mar-18
PNB Global Scholarship Award 2018Pre-U, UndergraduateYes- Up to full tuition fees
29-Mar-18
The Star Education Fund Scholarship Awards 2018Pre-U, UndergraduateUnspecified- Bond-free scholarship
30-Mar-18
Yayasan Tenaga Nasional Future Leaders ScholarshipPre-U, UndergraduateYes- Minimum of SPM 6As (Science stream) and 4As (Arts stream); CGPA 3.00 for STPM
- Full scholarship plus allowance
- Scholars will need to observe a bond
- Monthly household income must not exceed RM20,000
31-Mar-18
Yayasan Sime Darby Pre-University Scholarship Programme (Local)Pre-UUnspecified- Minimum of 7As in SPM
- Full scholarship includes tuition fees, board and lodging and book allowance
- Scholars will need to observe a bond
- Total monthly gross household income of RM10,000 and below
06-Apr-18
Khazanah Global Scholarship ProgrammePre-U, UndergraduateYes- Minimum of 8As in SPM (for Pre-U); 3As for STPM or equivalent (for Undergraduate)
- Covers full tuition fees, accommodation and living expenses
- Scholars will need to observe a bond
- Successful foundation scholarship applicants will be sent to Kolej Yayasan UEM (KYUEM) to pursue A-Level
06-Apr-18
Khazanah Watan Scholarship ProgrammePre-U, UndergraduateYes- Minimum of 8As in SPM (for Pre-U); 3As for STPM or equivalent (for Undergraduate)
- Covers full tuition fees, accommodation and living expenses
- Scholars will need to observe a bond
- Khazanah Watan Scholarship is for local universities only
06-Apr-18
KPMG ASEAN Scholarship 2018Pre-U, UndergraduateYes- Minimum of 6As in SPM or 2Bs in A-Level or equivalent
- Tuition fees grant of RM20,000 per year
- Scholars will need to observe a bond
15-Apr-18
UEM Group ScholarshipPre-U, UndergraduateYes- Minimum of 7As in SPM
- Covers academic expenses including tuition and examination fees, insurance, as well as allowances for books, computer and subsistence
- Scholars will need to observe a bond
- Applicants will undergo a pre-university programme at Kolej Yayasan UEM (KYUEM), before furthering studies at international universities in Malaysia
22-Apr-18
Yayasan Bank Rakyat Scholarship (Pembiayaan Pendidikan Boleh Ubah)Pre-U, UndergraduateNo- Minimum of CGPA 3.0 in STPM
- Award of RM4,920 to RM18,600
- Scholars will need to observe a bond
29-Jun-18
OCBC ScholarshipPre-U, UndergraduateYes- Minimum of 7As in SPM or 2As in STPM or equivalent
- Award of RM12,000 (for public university) or RM23,000 (for private university) per year
- Scholars will need to observe a bond
30-Jun-18
JPA Program Penajaan 9A+ 2018Pre-U, UndergraduateYes- Minimum of 9A+ for SPM 2017 students
- Full scholarship
- Scholars will need to observe a bond
30-Jun-18
Amcorp Study GrantPre-UYes- Loan of RM20,000 or scholarship of RM50,000
- Scholars will need to observe a bond
- Only available for those pursuing ACCA full time
Always Open
Koon Yew Yin ScholarshipPre-UNo- Minimum of 5As in SPM
- Sufficient to cover tuition fees and living expenses for a 1-year foundation course in any public universities, as well as UTAR
- Bond-free scholarship
- For needy students whose parents are earning below RM3,000 per month
Unspecified

#3. Scholarships from Colleges and Universities

What It Is

Most colleges and universities offer full and partial scholarships to students who achieve good results in their SPM / O-Level.

What You Need To Know

  • You need to be enrolled in the college / university in order to receive the scholarship
  • Some scholarships are academic-based, which means that you will automatically receive the scholarship without needing to go through any interviews
  • Most scholarships are in the form of tuition fee deduction (which means you will not get cash) and only cover tuition fees. You may need to pay for external examination fees, as well as other general college fees.

Application Deadline

As with the other scholarships, application typically opens as soon as SPM results are out.

If you’re still unsure of what to study yet, check out our comprehensive course guides to decide on what to study!