PUTRAJAYA: The Tunku Abdul Rahman Foundation has a new scholarship scheme for high-achieving students who have completed their first year of undergraduate study at local institutions.
Called the Tunku Abdul Rahman Study Endowment, the scheme is open to students shortlisted for but did not secure a Tunku Abdul Rahman Scholarship.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the new scholarships included tuition fees and a monthly allowance of RM600.
"These scholarships are meant to reward students who have high potential, but just did not meet the requirements of being a Tunku Scholar," he said.
A total of 39 students received the scholarships this year.
Meanwhile, only six out of 800 applicants were selected for the Tunku Abdul Rahman Scholarships. Mohamed Khaled, who is the foundation's chairman, said the academic requirement for Tunku Scholars will be set higher.
"In our efforts to make the scholarships truly prestigious and exclusive, recipients will have to maintain a CGPA of 3.75," he said, adding that scholars must also be active in co-curricular activities.
Tunku Scholars will have their tuition fees covered and receive a monthly allowance of RM1,000.