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Tan Boon Teik Bursary

About the Bursary

Established in 2012 and funded from the proceeds of the Tan Boon Teik Fund, the Tan Boon Teik Bursary aims to provide financial assistance to full-time undergraduates in any degree programme at the Singapore Management University and to motivate them to achieve greater heights of excellence.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time undergraduates in any degree programme (preference for students from the School of Law)
  • Any nationality
  • Good academic achievements
  • With demonstrated financial needs (gross monthly per capita household income not exceeding $1,200)
  • Preference for students with demonstrated performing arts involvement, especially in the area of classical music.

Tenure and Benefits

  • Each bursary, valued at $6,000, is tenable for one year of study.
  • 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 (TGS) provided by the Singapore Government for subsidised education.
  • Under the TGS, non-Singaporean recipients (including Singapore Permanent Residents) will be contractually obliged to work for Singapore-based companies for 3 years upon graduation.


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 Tan Boon Teik Fund is an endowed contribution received from collective donors in memory of the late Mr Tan Boon Teik. The Fund is established to commemorate his twenty-five dedicated years of service and contributions to shaping the legal landscape of Singapore as Attorney-General and upholding the rule of law.

The late Mr Tan Boon Teik was the longest serving Attorney-General of post-independence Singapore, holding the post from 1969 to his retirement in 1992. He played a pivotal role in spearheading the formation of the Singapore Academy of Law and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. He also served as the Chairman of the Insurance Corporation of Singapore and of the Singapore Petroleum Corporation.

Despite his heavy responsibilities as the Public Prosecutor and the Government’s principal legal officer, he found time for the arts. A talented pianist himself, he was the founding Chairman of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and steered the orchestra for many years.


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Last updated on 2 Feb 2018.