They are… Scholars with a Heart
Meet our SNCF Co-op Scholars who are on the road to being leaders with a social mission. The scholarship is an undergraduate degree scholarship that supports talented, high-caliber students with a heart for the people. Our scholars have the courage to strive for academic excellence and to make a difference in society through co-operatives, which are sustainable regulated social enterprises that serve more than 1.3 million members in Singapore since 1925.
Do you have what it takes to make a difference?
Apply now! Closing date: 16 March 2017
The SNCF Co-op Scholarship attracts, develops and nurtures suitable talents to enter the ranks of the co-operative movement in Singapore. Co-operatives are regulated social enterprises which operate viable businesses to meet the economic, social and cultural needs of its members. The successful scholars will thus have to understand and embrace the principles and mission of co-operatives to contribute to society.
The SNCF Scholarship supports the scholar’s undergraduate study at any local university, capped at four years. It covers full tuition fees and a maintenance allowance of S$3,500 per academic year. In addition, the recipient is entitled to a hostel accommodation allowance up to S$3,500 per academic year and a maximum computer grant of S$3,000.
Upon graduation, the Scholar is to be bonded to SNCF for a period of up to four years and may be deployed to work in co-operatives and related sectors.
Preferred disciplines of study offered in a local university which includes Accountancy, Business Management, Economics, Information Technology, Mass Communications/Communications & New Media, and Statistics.
“It is my dream to groom and develop young leaders who are capable of not only taking charge of their lives, but also adding tremendous value to the society.”
Jax Liu Jiawei
” I have always thought of setting up my own business in the future and felt that this could be a great exposure and opportunity to experiment with a whole new business concept. My experience thus far has been nothing but fruitful as I am humbled by the amazing opportunities given”
Loh Qi Hui Joan
“I hope to continue engaging my peers in the co-operative, and one day become a mentor to others in the movement as well”
Gerald Tan Jiamin
“My experience with SNCF thus far has been a blessing where I have been given opportunities to start two co-operative initiatives, an e-youth online community and a co-op Café in NTU. The journey has been a challenging yet exciting one. I am looking forward for more youths with a passion to do good to join our family.”
“As an SNCF scholar, I would be able to help people, so that they can help themselves and others in return. The ripple effect resulted from my action would have a far greater impact than an individual’s effort alone.”
Guo Mei Qi
“As a SNCF scholar, I will be able to bring smiles and happiness to the people around me.
‘Expectations become definitions. Nothing is impossible.’..”
Low Choon Chye
“As an SNCF scholar, I hope to be able to put the knowledge and skills that I have gained in university to good use, in helping to raise awareness and advance the co-operative and social entrepreneurship movement in Singapore.”
Yeo Tiong Hui
“As a SNCF scholar, my goal is to enhance the inclusiveness of our society. With a conviction that co-operatives are able to help achieve this goal, I am excited to learn more about them and contribute to the co-operative movement in Singapore…”
Lee En Ying
- Singapore citizen or permanent resident
- Has excellent academic results (i.e. GCE ‘O’ Levels, ‘A’ Levels, International Baccalaureate or Polytechnic Diploma)
- Undergraduate (with at least 2 more years to course completion) with outstanding academic results
- Only for full-time first degree course at any local university
Applicants must first seek admission to the institutions on their own and preferably be accepted for admission before being considered for the Scholarship.
Eligible applicants will be assessed based on the following criteria (not in order of importance):
- Applicant’s academic records
- Applicant’s participation in Co-Curricular Activities (CCA)
- Applicant’s leadership qualities and potential with interest in co-operative work
- Applicant’s essay
- Portfolio/Showcase of Social Entrepreneurial initiatives (if any)
- Other factors being equal, the financial background of the applicant.
Scholars are required to serve a bond period which is equivalent to the number of years of sponsored studies. Duration of the bond will be offset upon completion of the internship program during the course of study,
- Fulfillment of all 3 years internship = Bond offset of 1 year
- Fulfillment of 2 years internship = Bond offset of 6 months
Can final year undergraduates apply for the Scholarship?
The Scholarship applies to existing undergraduates, with at least two more years to course completion. However, there is no backpay of sponsorship for the Scholarship. Interested final-year undergraduates are encouraged to explore career opportunities in co-operatives through their respective recruitment channels.
How would I be notified if I am shortlisted for an interview?
SNCF will contact applicants via email (and phone) to notify them about the interview.
If I have already accepted a scholarship, am I still eligible for the Co-operative Scholarship?
The general rule of thumb is that there shall not be dual or duplicate sponsorship coverage. Applicants should declare any existing grants or scholarships held during the application phase.
Am I allowed to switch my area of study?
The scholar is not allowed to switch his/her major without the written approval from SNCF.
Can I participate in my University Student Exchange or other Special Programmes?
The scholar is allowed to participate in all programmes offered by the University. He/ she is encouraged to explore those opportunities as the exposure and skills sets gained, coupled with the training provided by SNCF, would enhance his/ her contribution to the Co-operative Movement.
However, the scholar will be responsible for additional tuition fees and personal expenses if he/she needs to complete extra semesters of studies arising from his/her participation in these programmes.
Does the Scholarship cover Postgraduate Degree Programme?
Currently the Scholarship is targeted at students pursuing undergraduate courses.
Is it possible for me to pursue my Masters Degree immediately after University graduation without serving my bond with SNCF?
The scholar will be required to serve his/ her bond with the co-operative and related sectors after graduation. He/ She is encouraged to pursue Masters Degree after obtaining at least three to four years of work experience for optimal learning experiences and applications. However, deferment for Masters study may be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.
What are my obligations if I wish to break my bond?
The scholar who breaks his/her bond voluntarily will be required to pay liquidated damages, in accordance with the terms set out in the Deed.
What type of exposure will I get during the bond period?
Arrangements will be made for the scholar to take on appointments and work roles that will provide exposure and learning opportunities depending on available opportunities and his/her interest. He/she will have the privilege to attend co-operative-related forums and seminars to keep himself/herself up-to-date with the local and international co-operative movement and key challenges faced by co-operatives.
How much can I expect to be paid during the bond period?
The scholar will receive remuneration based on starting salaries for fresh graduates which are pegged competitively to a similar or related industry.