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Friday, February 24, 2006

Jardine Scholarship

If you think Cambridge or Oxford is too costly for you, think again.

The Jardine Foundation Scholarship offers full scholarships for first degree courses in selected Colleges in Oxford and Cambridge, which are :
a) Oxford – Exeter, Oriel, Queen’s and Trinity
b) Cambridge – Downing, Magdalene and Trinity

You can apply for any courses (except Clinical Medicine) provided that you apply to the selected Colleges. The scholarship provides for the full University fees, College fees and maintenance fees (roughly 7000 quid for 2005-2006), as well as an economy class plane ticket at the start and end of your course.

To be eligible, you have to apply to the selected Cambridge or Oxford colleges in the first instance.

In Malaysia, the advertisement for the scholarship appears around August, usually in The Star newspaper. The deadline for the scholarship is usually around October, with the interviews taking place in November or December.

With your application, you have to submit documents, proofing that you have applied to either Cambridge or Oxford. Following that, you will be called for an interview. More information on the application can be found on www.jardine-foundation.org

The first round interview is usually a one-on-one interview. During this interview, you will be asked to describe yourself. Basically, you need to sell yourself during this interview but do not boast. Most applicants are rejected at this stage, so it is important to perform well. It also helps if you read up a little on the company and what they do.

If you’re successful in the first interview, you will then be called for a second interview. There are usually around 6-8 applicants in this round and it is a two-on-one interview. Again, sell yourself but there are other topics of discussion which varies widely.

Following a successful second round interview, you will attend the final round interview in Hong Kong in early January. They will pay for your air travel and put you up in Hotel Excelsior (owned by them) in Causeway Bay, which is a shopping heaven.

On the second day, you will make your way to Jardine House in Central district and have your interviews there. There are usually candidates from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, China and Hong Kong, with 1-2 candidates from each country and 3-4 candidates from Hong Kong itself.

Firstly, you will need to write an essay on a given topic within 45 minutes. Then, you will have your final round interview. The interview consists of 6-7 members, consisting of the Masters of various Cambridge and Oxford colleges and senior members of the Jardine Scholarship committee. It can seem daunting facing so many people at once but you’re already this far in the process, so give it your best shot.

After the interview, you will have a sit-down lunch with your interviewers. It can seem pressuring as if you’re being screened but rest assured that they all just want to get to know you better on a personal level and also have their lunch.

Then, you’re free to roam Hong Kong on your own before your flight home the next day. Such bliss…

You will hear of the results in the next 2-3 days. They make their mind up pretty quickly. Every year, they give about 5 scholarships. However, just because you’re the only candidate from a particular country doesn’t mean you will automatically get it. There was no successful Malaysian applicant from 2002-2004 despite being the sole Malaysian applicant. For the year of 2006, there were 3 Malaysian applicants sent to Hong Kong and 2 of them were successful.

A few days after you hear from Jardine, you will get your reply from your Cambridge or Oxford colleges, informing you whether you have been accepted or not. Usually, if you are sent to Hong Kong for the final interview, you have already been accepted by your college, as the Jardine Committee calls up the Colleges to check beforehand. However, this is not full proof and there have been incidents when this has not been the case. As a result, despite being successful in the interview, you will be rejected as you have not been accepted into a College which is the first criteria. Remember, the Scholarship does not come together with a College acceptance. They have to be earned individually.

The best thing about this scholarship is that it is bond free. Not many scholarships can lay claim to that. As for benefits, what I love about Jardine is that they actually take the time to know us on a personal level. Every year, we have a welcome dinner at a nice hotel in the first term, a Christmas lunch in their main office in London and a Chinese New Year dinner in the second term. All the Jardine scholars, the Masters of Colleges and the senior committee members come together to eat and chat in a very informal manner. They take time to know us better and are always keen to know what you are up to. Even though I am no longer under their scholarship, I am still invited back for all their functions in Cambridge.

One more thing about this Scholarship is that it is not need-blind. It is based totally on merit, ie how good or outstanding you are. They do not take into account your financial status when you’re applying which can be ideal for some people or not depending on your circumstances.

I hope I have covered enough details and fuel your interest in applying for a Jardine Scholarship.

by Lim Ming Yeong
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Ming Yeong was a Jardine Scholar from 2001-2004, studying pre-clinical medicine at Magdalene College, Cambridge University. She is now a final year clinical student at Cambridge.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know the guy who got the Jardine scholarship this year. All I can say is that sometimes scholarships officers do make mistakes.

6:40 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which scholar? You are referring to the scholar from which country?

10:35 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are referring to the scholar from which country?

10:37 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think it's the scholarship from Malaysia (the countries in which Jardine Matheson Holdings Limited or its subsidiaries operate or have significant business interests)

6:54 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think it's the scholarship from Malaysia (the countries in which Jardine Matheson Holdings Limited or its subsidiaries operate or have significant business interests)

6:55 PM

 
Blogger egghead said...

i think it's the scholarship from Malaysia (the countries in which Jardine Matheson Holdings Limited or its subsidiaries operate or have significant business interests)

6:56 PM

 
Blogger egghead said...

i think it's the scholarship from Malaysia ( one of the countries in which Jardine Matheson Holdings Limited or its subsidiaries operate or have significant business interests)

6:58 PM

 
Blogger egghead said...

i think it's the scholarship from Malaysia (the countries in which Jardine Matheson Holdings Limited or its subsidiaries operate or have significant business interests)

6:58 PM

 

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