Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship to Encourage Upgrading (LKY-STEP) Award

The Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship to Encourage Upgrading (LKY-STEP) Award was made possible by Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who donated the proceeds from the sales of autographed editions of Volume Two of his memoirs. The scholarship is to encourage upgrading and lifelong learning, and is presented to outstanding polytechnic graduates who have performed well academically and attained good co-curricular activity records, and are matriculating into full-time undergraduate degree programmes at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore University of Design and Technology (SUTD), Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), and Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS).


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
  • Have strong leadership qualities and potential
  • Have good co-curricular activities records
  • Possess outstanding local polytechnic diploma (preferably Diploma with Merit)
  • Be matriculating into a full-time undergraduate degree programme at NUS/NTU/SMU/SUTD/SIT/SUSS in the year of application  


Scholarship Benefits

  • S$3,500 one-time cash award
  • Scholarship is bond-free 


Terms & Conditions

  • There is no bond attached to the scholarship.
  • Recipients of the scholarship (scholars) may concurrently hold other scholarships or bursaries.
  • Scholars who are unsuccessful in securing a concurrent scholarship will have their tuition fees (after MOE Tuition Grant) waived by their respective university.
  • The scholarship will be monitored and renewed every semester, provided the scholar maintains a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.50, or grades that are within the top 80 per cent of their cohort for Dentistry, Law and Medicine scholars, and good conduct.

Application & Shortlisting Process

  • Applications are to be submitted to the Secretariat, in the year of matriculation. Click here to apply and view the application dates.
  • Selection interviews will be held in June. Please ensure that you are available to attend the interviews in order to be considered for the award/scholarship. Your application will be withdrawn if you are unable to attend any scheduled selection interview(s) without valid reason(s).


Please submit your scholarship enquiries here