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The Dare to Dream scholarship at NAFA is extended to deserving special needs students with limited financial resources to complete their education.

Eligibility/Assessment Criteria

  • Singaporean new students
  • Applicants must have been offered a place in a full-time Diploma programme in NAFA with good entrance test / audition results
  • Applicants who are medically certified with special needs
  • Demonstrates engagement in chosen field with activities outside of coursework, such as participation and/or achievements in external activities
  • Good attributes including discipline, diligence and leadership qualities
  • Financially needy. Per capita income not exceeding $2,500, or gross household monthly income not exceeding $10,000
  • Applicants must not receive concurrent Scholarships or Bursaries from NAFA or external organisations, with the exception of the Higher Education Community Bursary or Higher Education Bursary.

Classifications of Special Needs

SEN Category SEN Conditions
Physical & Sensory Difficulties
  • Physical Impairment (PI)1
  • Visual Impairment (VI)
  • Hearing Loss (HL)

  • 1Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida
Social & Behavioural Difficulties
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Learning & Language Difficulties
  • Intellectual Disabilities (including Down Syndrome and Global Development Delay)
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Development Language Disorders
  • Dyspraxia
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Irlen Syndrome
  • Other Learning & Language Difficulties
  • Sensory Processing Disorder/Sensory Integration Disorder
  • Selective Mutism2
  • Tourette Syndrome2
  • Epilepsy2

  • 2To be considered only if there are significant learning implications

Value of Award
$6,000 per academic year

Tenure of Award
Award is tenable for one academic year, and renewable yearly in subsequent academic year(s) of diploma studies, subject to the following criteria:

  • Reassessment of the financial needs of the recipient
  • Satisfactory attendance of at least 80% for all lessons

Eligible students may apply during the NAFA’s in-house Scholarships, Merit Awards and Bursaries application exercise (refer to for details).

For enquiries, please email Office of Student Care at [email protected] (Financial Aids & Awards Scheme).