1MDB Academic Grants Partnerships to Ease Access to Tertiary Education


“I worked hard in school in the hope that I secure this grant. The grant helps me pay for my university fees, so I don’t have to worry about money.  I can focus on keeping my grades up so I can be a lawyer and give back to society.  I want to make legal services accessible to the needy and the underprivileged.”

Yap Bing Yew
Recipient of the 1MDB Academic Grant for UEC students, 2010

1MDB introduced the academic grant to facilitate students in furthering their tertiary studies, regardless of their background.

We focus on helping students who do not have easy access to financial assistance to continue their studies.

For all of our academic grant projects, 1MDB has partnered with various organisations to ensure a wide reach and be certain that financial assistance reaches students of different backgrounds.

Our projects under this banner include:

  • Partnership with Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM) to provide study aid to deserving students from Sekolah Menengah Agama Rakyat and Sekolah Menengah Agama Negeri to study medicine, pharmacy and dentistry.
  • Partnership with Dong Jiao Zhong and Huaren Education Foundation to give academic grants to top Unified Examinations Certificate (UEC) holders to further their studies.
  • Partnership with Sri Murugan Centre (SMC) to provide grants to SMC students who excelled in their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) to pursue their tertiary studies.
  • Partnership with the Ministry of Education and Public Services Department to provide education aid to deserving students who did well in their SPM and STPM examinations.