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) or Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT).


Applicants must: 

  • be a Singapore Citizen (SC) or Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR);
  • possess outstanding academic results in a local polytechnic (preferably Diploma with Merit);
  • be matriculating into a full-time undergraduate degree course at NUS/ NTU/ SMU/ SUTD/ SIT for Academic Year 2017/2018;
  • have excellent Co-Curricular Activities records; and
  • have strong leadership qualities and potential. 

Benefits of the Awards

LKY-STEP Award holders will receive the following: 

  • a one-time cash award of S$3,500; and
  • a waiver of the subsidised tuition fees (after MOE Tuition Grant) during the course of undergraduate study at the university they are matriculating into if they 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 or other organizations.
  • The Award covers the normal duration of the undergraduate studies on the condition that the recipient maintains good academic performance and conduct.

Application Procedures

SUTD is the secretariat for Academic Year 2017/2018.

  • Applications Open: 04 May 2017
  • Applications Close: 24 May 2017

Applications have closed.

  • Late applications received after the stipulated deadline will not be accepted.
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be notified for an interview session in June 2017.

Submission of Supporting Documents
After applying online, please submit hard copies of the following:

  • Print-out of completed application form
  • NRIC (front and back)
  • Polytechnic Transcript
  • Polytechnic Diploma
  • GCE O-Level results/ ITE results (if applicable)
  • Academic Awards in schools
  • Financial awards/scholarships held previously or currently
  • Co-curricular activities records
  • One A4 page Essay – write a short essay on something of personal importance to you.

You may submit the above documents in a sealed envelope to the Secretariat via:

Mail Drop Box
LKY-STEP Award Secretariat
c/o Singapore University of Technology and Design
Office of Student Administration (OSA)
8 Somapah Road
Singapore 487372
The OSA submission box is located at SUTD, Building 3, Level 2, outside the Registrar’s Office and near the lift lobby.

Contact Us
For enquiries, please contact the Secretariat at email: or tel. no.: 6499 4060.