The GIC Sparks & Smiles is a special programme for undergraduates who believe they can make a positive impact in someone’s life. It is a Study Grant established to support full-time undergraduates of SIT who will participate in a leadership and community programme. Recipients will mentor disadvantaged children and youths as part of this programme.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
Students enrolled in SIT-conferred full-time undergraduate degree programmes.
Household Per Capita Income (PCI) less than or equal to S$2,475.
Communicate the desire and enthusiasm to be a mentor during the interview process
Each Grant is valued at S$6,000 and is tenable for one Academic Year.
The Grant will be used to fund the recipient’s tuition fees, course materials and other education-related expenses.
Recipient of this Grant may hold another Bursary concurrently to fund other educational expenses such as but not limited to OIP, etcetera.
Recipients will undergo a customised leadership and community programme that will include useful management skills and mentoring know-how. He/She will than gain first-hand experience as a mentor and friend to underprivileged children or youths.
Recipients shall serve as a mentor to underprivileged Singaporean children/youths for not less than 25 hours within an Academic Year (the “Mentoring Hours”) at appointed NGOs selected by the GIC.
These 25 Mentoring Hours do not include the selection process that applicants must go through, nor the 6-hour training that selected recipients must undergo.
These 25 Mentoring Hours shall be in addition to community service hours that the recipient may be required to perform as part of his or her curriculum at SIT.
50% of the Grant quantum will be disbursed upfront upon awarding the bursary. Disbursement of the balance 50% of the Grant at the end of the second/ third semester is subject to the submission of the reports and the receipt of a satisfactory appraisal by the assigned NGO for the Recipient.
No bond is required of the recipient.
Each recipient may be awarded the Grant for a maximum of two times (i.e. maximum of S$12,000) throughout the duration of his or her candidature.
Application dates & submission instructions can be found here.
About the Donor
This Grant has been made possible with a gift from GIC. GIC is a leading global investment firm with well over US$100 billion in assets under management. Established in 1981, the firm manages Singapore’s foreign reserves and is uniquely positioned for long- term and flexible investments across a wide range of asset classes, including real estate, private equity, equities and fixed income. GIC has investments in over 40 countries and has been investing in emerging markets for more than two decades. Headquartered in Singapore, GIC employs over 1,200 people across 10 offices in key financial cities worldwide. For more information on GIC, please visit www.gic.com.sg.