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"I didn’t know that this programme was going to change me so much: it helped me with my confidence; it trained me to listen actively; and it helped me to get out of my comfort zone" - Akif, 2019 Scholar.

Closing The Gap exists to help bright, underrepresented students enter quality universities by empowering them with the knowledge and skills to achieve their fullest potential. We do this by recruiting high-potential students in Form 5/Upper 6 from lower-income backgrounds to join our 2-3 year intensive programme. Through the programme, students, called Scholars, receive support and guidance to attain entry into local or global universities. The programme consists of 4 components:

  • Regular workshops - that provide Scholars with the knowledge, resources and skills to set them up for success
  • Mentoring - each Scholar has a mentor who guides his/her university and scholarship planning for 2 years
  • Additional enrichment - external workshops, exposure trips and internships to supplement Scholars’ growth 
  • Residential camp - 5-day immersive university learning, community-building experience and  university-level tutorials. 

Closting The Gap is part of the AccessEd Global Network.

Programme impact 

1. Original Scholars recruited: 110, with 6 dropouts cumulatively (4 in 2017, 1 in 2018 and 1 in 2019) since, putting our retention rate at ~95%.
2. Estimated scholarships for both pre-university and university courses unlocked

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