Originally Posted by luckylily
I don't think they're offering this year. Read previous threads and it has been abolished. i'm also hoping for this one because sponsors like Sime Darby and Maybank are not giving scholarships to A level leavers.
I have been through the same thing in SPM. Sucks to be graduating this year!
And it's not the top 50, only Top 10/20. I know a girl who got a place in Oxford but was turned down from this scholarship.
Hi, I am not sure which 'girl' you are talking about, but I am also a girl that got an unconditional offer from Oxford, and got turned down for this scholarship. Reasons? I am not eligible. They said applicant must be a second-year student, and the first year result must be CGPA 3.5 or above. The criteria above are simply just telling us, forget about JPA.
Also, there is a Big contradiction within the criteria:
1. I do not even have the money to start my first year of university (and that is the reason why I am applying for scholarships) , how do I have a chance to apply in my 'second year'? I could still recall that our PM, Najib said that JPA will provide scholarship to those who had secured an offer to study in world renowned universities, including Oxbridge (Oxford, Cambridge) for UK, and Ivy Leagues for US. Yes, it is true that JPA actually did not say that they are not offering the scholarship to me (since they told me that I must be in second year of university to be eligible), but in another perspective, JPA also did not promise me a scholarship. They said that they MIGHT give me a scholarship if I apply again in my second year of university.
2. Just let said that I have enough money to go for my first year of university. Then what if, in my second year they reject my application again, or there is a change in the scholarship policies where they are not going to sponsor overseas scholarship anymore? Isn't this rather risky?
This is the tricky part. I could not appeal because JPA did NOT say that they do not provide scholarship for my entire degree course. They just ask me to try again a year later. I understand that the government must have certain policies to protect themselves from spending money on people that only goes overseas to enjoy over their entire course, but please do understand that there are also some needy students that really need this scholarship to further their studies. Why not at least give these students a chance, let them begin their first year of study, and if their results are not good enough then only the government take back the scholarship sponsor?
After going through all these, I decided not to put too much hope on the government. Who knows maybe there are greater opportunities waiting for you out there.