Haha, good that JPA is continuing this tajaan this year.
The official announcement is on JPA website, follow this link
. You will see that under 'Permohonan Atas Talian'.
Yes, it's true that this scholarship is opened for students who got 9As and above in SPM 2008. Most, if not all 9As+ scorers will get it.
Here are some details about this scholarship (as in what happened last year):
1. It will be opened in mid-June, as stated in the eSila website. It closes quite soon, so be quick.
2. You will need to apply online
. "borang permohonan dalam talian yang dimuat turun, decetak dan dihantar melalui pos tidak akan diproses"
And then you print out sth called Slip Permohonan Penajaan Tambahan SPM 2008.
Last year JPA did asked us to send in some documents (via pos laju of sorts), like a certified photocopy of SPM results and siblings's I/C (I wonder what's the use of sibling's I/C...lol) etc.
CCA and ECA certs are not needed.
But for last year, some of my friends did not even send ANYTHING to JPA but they still got it. So, I guess sending in the docs is just a formality. The most important thing is you need to apply online.
3. The offer letter of this scholarship will be sent in bulk (there will be many many scholars) to your school. So you don't have to sit at home and wait like PILN...lol. You will need to sign a contract & a surat penerimaam/penolakan.
If you already got other biasiswa/tajaan, like Biasiswa Persekutuan kecil, you can either choose this JPA or your biasiswa. You cannot hold both.
But if you're a matrix student, you will still either get your matrix allowance or this one.
4. The amount of scholarship is counted from May 2009 to Nov 2010 (18 months). It might change this year, I duno.
RM110 per month for Science students
RM90 per month for Arts students
So, total is
RM 110 x 18 = RM 1980 for Science students
RM 90 x 18 = RM1620 for Arts students
You will most probably be asked to open a bank Islam account. JPA will give you an account number by calling you (some of my friends did not receive any calls from JPA though), and with that account number you will need to go to Bank Islam and 'buka account'. If you did not receive any call, don't worry. Just head to the nearest Bank Islam and tell them you wanna buka account for this Tajaan JPA and they will tell you what to do. This will happen around late january next year.
The most you can take out from the bank is RM1962 (for Sc students), the rest will go to ATM card and other bank services.
5. This scholarship is actually called Biasiswa Persekutuan
Program Penajaan Tambahan Tahun 2009 JPA (Tingkatan 6/Matrix)
And it will be continued if you get an offer from any IPTA or IPTS recognised by JPA upon graduating from form6/matrix and with a minimun of 4 Bs in STPM/ matrix. By that time you need to apply online again. But whether or not JPA is going to support your tuition fees I don't know.
In our year, recognised IPTS were Nottingham, Monash, Swinburne and Curtin. Some said MMU, UTP and UNITEN are also included. Not sure.
Oh yeah, this sponsorship only applies for undergraduate studies 'dalam negara'. That means even you're enrolled in Nottingham/Monash, you cannot transfer to UK/Aussie main campus. You have to finish your degree here.
6. Some syarat-syarat asas: (copied from the handbook last yr)
not exceeding 20 yrs old on 31 December 2009
at least an A2 in Bhs Melayu, Sejarah and P Islam/Moral and any 6 of the subjects below
physics, chemistry,biology,maths, additional maths, English 1119 (not GCE O), Accounts, Perdagangan, P Keusahawanan, Ekonomi Asas, EST, Geografi, IT, Bhs Arab Tinggi, Bhs Arab Kuminikasi, Tasawur Islam, P Seni
healthy, not having critical diseases
got offered a place to do form6/matrix
I guess that's about it. Goodluck. Feel free to ask questions here. =)