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. JPA Program Penajaan 9A+ 2019

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 2018
  • Applicable for STPM, Matrikulasi, Asasi, as well as A-Level, AUSMAT and Foundation courses at selected local private institutions
  • Applicants who meet the criteria set by JPA may 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

You can apply online via JPA’s website from 15 March 2019 to 30 June 2019. The results are tentatively set to be announced in July 2019.

For other types of scholarships offered by JPA, check out our comprehensive JPA Scholarships 2019 article here.

#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
Sin Chew Daily Education Fund ScholarshipPre-U, UndergraduateYes- Academic requirements vary depending on the participating colleges/universities
- Up to full tuition fees
- Bond-free scholarship
The Star Education Fund Scholarship Awards 2019Pre-U, UndergraduateYes- Up to full tuition fees
- Bond-free scholarship
Bank Negara Malaysia Kijang ScholarshipPre-U, UndergraduateYes- Minimum 8A+/A in SPM 2018
- Full scholarship
- After pre-university, the sponsorship to pursue a degree is subject to meeting Bank Negara's criteria
Shell Malaysia ScholarshipPre-U, UndergraduateYes- Minimum of 8As in SPM
- Successful applicants will be sent to Kolej Tuanku Jaafar to pursue A-Level
Yayasan Telekom Malaysia Future Leaders ScholarshipPre-U, UndergraduateYes- Minimum of 6As in SPM 2018 for Science Stream and 4As in non-Science stream
- Full scholarship includes tuition fee and allowance
- Scholars will need to observe a bond
- Monthly household income must be RM20,000 and below
Yayasan Peneraju Tunas PotensiPre-U, UndergraduateYes- Minimum of 5A- in SPM or 2As in STPM or equivalent
- Full scholarship includes tuition fees, accommodation, living expenses and book allowance
- Bond-free scholarship
- Monthly household income must be RM4,000 and below
Anugerah Biasiswa Luar Negara PNB 2019Pre-U, UndergraduateYes- Minimum of 8A+/A in SPM 2018
- Full scholarship
- Successful applicants will pursue their studies in preparatory college in Malaysia before continuing to a degree in an approved university overseas
UEM Scholarship ProgrammePre-U, UndergraduateYes- Minimum 7A+/As in SPM 2018
- Scholarship covers tuition fees, living expenses and allowances
- Scholars will need to observe a bond
- Scholars will undergo a pre-university programme at Kolej Yayasan UEM (KYUEM) before furthering studies at international universities in Malaysia
Fair & Lovely Scholarship 2019Pre-U, UndergraduateUnspecified- Award of RM5,000
- Bond-free scholarship
- Minimum of 3A at STPM or equivalent
JPA Program Penajaan 9A+ 2019Pre-U, UndergraduateNo- Minimum 9A+ for SPM 2018 students
- Sponsorship is in the form of convertible loan
- Scholars will need to observe a bond
Karangkraf Scholarship 2019Pre-U, UndergraduateUnspecified- Minimum of 8Cs in SPM or CGPA 3.00 in STPM or equivalent
- Monthly household income must be RM5,000 and below
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Yayasan Tenaga Nasional Overseas ScholarshipPre-U, UndergraduateYes- Minimum 8As in SPM and A in English (GCE-O)
JPA Program Khas Jepun, Korea, Perancis dan Jerman 2019Pre-U, UndergraduateYes- SPM 2018 only; minimum of 5A+/A for BM, Maths, Add Maths, Physics and Chemistry and 2A- for English and Sejarah
- Full scholarship includes tuition fees and living expenses
- Scholars will need to observe a bond
- Programme is for students interested in studying Engineering, Science & Technology or Social Science in Japan, Korea, France or Germany
JPA Program Penajaan Nasional 2019Pre-U, UndergraduateYes- SPM 2018 only; minimum of 9A+
- Full scholarship includes tuition fees and living expenses
- Scholars will need to observe a bond
- Successful applicants will be sponsored to study abroad if they are accepted into the world's top universities in selected courses
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

#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, applications typically open as soon as SPM results are out with varying deadlines depending on the intakes, so you should constantly be on the lookout!

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