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Top Students Urge Government To Resume Ivy League Grant

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PETALING JAYA: A group of top students who could not pursue their tertiary education overseas due to Government budget cuts are asking for the resumption of the JPA Ivy League and its equivalent programme.

Student Justine Jason Barnabas, 20, said a big majority of those affected had settled for local universities or had other alternatives.

“The remaining 156 (in the group) are still willing to fight for overseas scholarship,” he said.

The programme has been consistently sponsoring students between 2008 and 2012 to exclusively the 10 best universities in their respective fields of study according to the Times Higher Education World Ranking.

Barnabas, who scored 9A+ and 1A in last year’s SPM, has secured entrance to University of Cali­fornia (UCLA) in Los Angeles as well as King’s College London to read Economics but could not continue his studies without a scholarship.

He said he had come up with a proposal during a meeting between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the students on June 2.

“In the proposal, we suggested for a middle ground between the Government and the students with the Government sponsoring 30 students through the programme.

“We suggested that assessments and interviews be conducted among the 156 hopefuls and the Government can choose 30 of the best.

“This way, the cream of the crop will have their chance to study overseas,” said Barnabas in a press conference organised by Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar at PKR headquarters here yesterday.

Barnabas had earlier said they were seeking corporate sponsorship to continue their studies.

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