GIC Sparks & Smiles Award

SPARKS logo.jpg Launched in 2015, GIC Sparks & Smiles (Sparks) supports committed Singaporean students from low-income households in making a real difference in the lives of others. The programme seeks to inspire and enable youths in Singapore to play a positive and active role in their communities.

GIC works closely with its charity partner Beyond Social Services (Beyond) to deliver the programme and recipients will gain access to different skills, experiences and opportunities, to empower them to grow in confidence and leadership. 

Beyond provides recipients with mentorship training and connects each of them to a disadvantaged child, youth or family. Acting as facilitators or mentors, recipients must build a relationship so they can make a difference through the act of doing. The activities done together can include tutorship, mentoring or facilitating conversations about key issues such as employment or education.

Recipients will be given:

  • S$6,000 per annum;
  • Customised training by social service professionals in mentoring and management skills; and
  • Insights into Singapore's social landscape and first-hand experience as a mentor and friend to underprivileged children or youths.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Full-time NTU Singaporean undergraduate;
  • Gross Monthly Household Per Capita Income (PCI) of less than or equal to $2,475 per month; and
  • Demonstrated commitment in serving the community.

PCI  =

Gross income of family members in household 

Total number of family members in household 


Gross income refers to amount before deduction of CPF. It includes allowances, overtime, commissions etc.


  • Each Award is tenable for one academic year. Recipients must be available for a minimum 6-month stretch;
  • As part of the Award requirement, recipients must serve as a mentor to underprivileged Singaporean children/youths for at least 25 mentoring hours within the academic year;
  • Recipients are required to undergo a compulsory training session by Beyond;
  • Recipients are required to attend sharing sessions before and after the programme. The welcome session is for present recipients to better prepare themselves before the start of your programme while past recipients are also expected to attend (at the end of your programme) to share your experiences; and
  • Recipients are required to provide feedback in a timely manner to Beyond.

Students who have been awarded other scholarships/study grants must check the terms and conditions of their awarded scholarship/study grant before applying for the GIC Sparks and Smiles Award.The Award does not have any restriction to students holding concurrent scholarships/study grants. However students are only eligible for the Award up to two times throughout his/her duration of study. Students who require further assistance can apply for the various loans available here.

Application Process

Applications have closed on 23 August 2019.

Late and incomplete applications will not be considered and only shortlisted applicants will be notified. Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a selection interview.

​Application period 5 - 23 August 2019
Notification to short​listed applicants ​2 - 4 September 2019
​Selection interviews ​9 - 11 September 2019
​Notification to successful applicants 16 September 2019
​Compulsory training session
(Full day at GIC)
28 September 2019

Questions about eligibility and application process should be directed to OComm​​​

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