The Queen’s Scholarship was abolished in 1959 and replaced by the Singapore State Scholarship when Singapore became self-governing. The State Scholarship was only tenable at the University of Malaya and recipients were selected on the basis of merit from students admitted to the university.
Singapore State Scholarship holders include Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam (Singapore’s 7th President) and Dr Yeo Ning Hong (former Cabinet Minister).
In 1964, Chairman of the PSC, Dr Phay Seng Whatt, revised the regulations to the State Scholarship so that the scholarship was “awarded to the cream of each school-leaving year, on the basis of the Higher School Certificate results or where appropriate school certificate results, without exclusion on grounds of what or where these students prefer to study.” Students in all language streams of education in Singapore were also eligible for the scholarship. Underpinning this review was the desire to uphold the basic intention of the scholarship, which was that it was to be the most prestigious award available conferred to the very best students on the basis of pure merit.