GIC Sparks & Smiles Award

The GIC Sparks & Smiles Award 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 SUTD who will participate in a leadership and community programme. Recipients will mentor disadvantaged children and youths as part of this programme.


  • Open to Singapore Citizens (SC) only
  • Full-time undergraduates in any year of study pursuing any pillar programme at SUTD
  • Demonstrated financial need with monthly household Per Capita Income of 110% or less of the Ministry of Education's ceiling for Gross Monthly Household per Capita Income as listed on Financial Assistance Information for IHLs
  • Motivated student
  • Must NOT be a current scholarship holder


  • Each Study Grant is tenable for one (1) year only
  • Recipients may reapply to be considered for the Study Grant in their subsequent year of study, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria
  • Each recipient shall be eligible for the Grant for a maximum of two (2) times throughout the duration of his/her candidature

Benefits of Award

  • S$6,000 per annum
  • No bond attached
  • Insights into Singapore's social landscape
  • Training by social service professionals in mentoring and basic counselling

Terms & Conditions

  • Successful recipients are expected to commit a minimum of 25 hours to mentor underprivileged youths/children with the Non-Governmental Organization ("NGO") selected by GIC
  • Recipients are required to attend a full day leadership and community training programme organised by the donor 
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.

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