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The Silent Minority Bursary

About the Bursary

Established in 2015, The Silent Minority Bursary aims to motivate needy Singaporean minority undergraduates at the Singapore Management University to achieve academic excellence despite their constraints.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time undergraduates in any degree programme
  • Singapore Citizens who are Malays, Indians or Eurasians
  • With demonstrated financial needs (gross monthly household per capita income not exceeding $1,000)
  • Families do not own any private property in Singapore or abroad
  • Faced a catastrophic event in the family due to divorce, serious sickness, death, accident or loss of job (over 6 months or longer) of the breadwinner of the family

Tenure and Benefits

  • Each bursary is tenable for one year of study and valued at:
    • PCI up to $500: $5,000
    • PCI between $501 and $750: $4,000
    • PCI between $751 and $1,000: $3,000
  • The bursary will go towards funding the recipients' annual tuition fees.
  • The recipients may be in concurrent receipt of another bursary for cash allowance, subject to fulfilment of its eligibility criteria.


Not required

Tuition Grant Scheme

The recipients are required to take advantage of the Tuition Grant Scheme provided by the Singapore Government for subsidised education.


Shortlisting of candidates for consideration will be from the list of applicants applying for SMU-administered bursaries in the year of award.



Centre for Student Financial Assistance
Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Assistance

About the Donor

The Silent Minority Bursary is made possible by The Silent Foundation, a foundation whose mission is to help “Silent Sufferers” who are overlooked. Education is the ultimate key in helping the less fortunate improve themselves and their situation. The founder of the foundation, Mr Teng Ngiek Lian, is a personal and powerful example of tremendous success despite trying circumstances and has demonstrated leadership with this refreshingly-different donation.

Led by Mr Teng, a Chinese gentleman, The Silent Foundation has established the bursary to provide financial relief to six full time SMU Singaporean undergraduates who are minorities - Malay, Indian or Eurasian – and who face daunting issues at home.


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Last updated on 20 Mar 2018.