The Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship to Encourage Upgrading (LKY-STEP) Award was established from donations received from the former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew through the sale proceeds of autographed editions of Volume 2 of his Memoirs. The objective of the award is to encourage skill upgrading and lifelong learning. The awards will be offered each year to outstanding polytechnic graduates pursuing their first full-time undergraduate degree at National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) or Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS).


Applicants must: 

  • Be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents.
  • Be matriculating into a full-time undergraduate degree course at NUS/ NTU/ SMU/ SUTD/ SIT/ SUSS in Academic Year 2019/2020.
  • Possess outstanding local polytechnic diploma (preferably Diploma with Merit).
  • Excellent co-curricular records.
  • Strong leadership qualities and potential. 

Benefits of the Awards

Recipients will receive: 

  • One-time cash award of S$3,500.
  • Subsidised tuition fees (after Tuition Grant) will be waived by the university if LKY-STEP Award holders are unsuccessful in securing a scholarship.
  • There will be no bond attached to the Award. All Singapore Permanent Residents are still required to serve the three-year bond applicable under the MOE Tuition Grant Scheme.

Terms & Conditions

  • Recipients of the award are allowed to hold concurrent scholarships offered by NUS/ NTU/ SMU/ SUTD/ SIT/ SUSS or other organizations.
  • The Award covers the normal duration of the undergraduate studies on the condition that the recipient maintains good academic performance and satisfactory conduct. Academic performance will be reviewed every term.

Application Procedures

  • Application period: 2 to 23 May 2019.
  • NUS is the secretariat for the LKY-STEP Award and UES for AY2019/2020.
  • Please click here to apply for the award and here to upload supporting documents. You only need to submit one common online application for both LKY-STEP Award and UES in AY2019/2020.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified via e-mail for an interview in mid-June.
  • Selection interviews will be held in end June.
  • For enquiries, please contact the secretariat at: or +65 6516 1010 during office hours.