More undergrads from private institutions expected to apply for sports scholrships

KUANTAN: The Higher Education Ministry expects more applications for the sports scholarships from undergraduates of private institutions of higher learning, minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said. 

There were hardly any undergraduates from these private institutions who had received these scholarships. The first batch of these scholarships were awarded early this year. 

Mustapa said, ``If you have excelled in sports event at the national and international level, you can apply. 

``I hope to see more applications from you in the future,'' he said in his speech before officially opening the first private institutions of higher learning sports carnival at the indoor stadium in Indera Mahkota here on Friday. 

Also present was State Youth and Sports Committee Chairman Datuk Dr Ahmad Shukri Ismail. 

The three-day event will see 15 teams comprising 590 participants competing in four events: futsal, volleyball, bowling and netball. 

A sum of RM3mil has been set aside annually for the scholarships programme mooted by the Cabinet Committee on Sports Development. 

The scholarship comprises study fees, living allowance of RM500 monthly for diploma and first degree students and RM600 per month for advanced degree students, sports achievement incentive allowance, for international senior category (RM1,000 monthly), national and state category (RM500 monthly) and junior athlete category (RM250 monthly), sports equipment allowance of RM1,000 yearly and allowances for books, stationery, practical, thesis and project papers. 

Priority is also given to athletes involved in the eight core sports of football, tenpin bowling, badminton, swimming, squash, gymnastics, hockey, and track and field. 

At least 100 recipients are expected to benefit from the programme this year and it is expected to increase gradually to 300 annually by 2010. 

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