THE closing date for the Star Education Fund is March 30.
The Star Education Fund is offering 295 scholarships worth nearly RM16.1mil from 31 institutions this year.
The fund, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, has disbursed RM117.9mil to 3,758 scholarship recipients since its inception in 1994.
Star Education Fund manager Susanna Kuan said while good grades are important, students need not be straight-A scorers to secure a scholarship.
Participation in extra curricular activities would be taken into consideration as well, she added.
“Scoring straight As is not the sole criteria of securing the scholarship.
“How you carry yourself during the interviews, family background as well as co-curricular and sports participation matters too,” she said.
It is important for students to choose a course they are interested in when applying for a scholarship.
“If you really want a scholarship, a good personal statement on why you deserve it is needed for you to stand out from the crowd,” she added.
Kuan will be speaking on the Star Education Fund during the Star Education Fair at the SPICE Arena, in Penang, this weekend.
She will be giving tips on applying for the scholarships and attending the scholarship interviews during a talk, ‘The Star Education Fund 2018’ tomorrow at 2.30pm.
Students can visit the Star Education Fund booth at the fair for more information on the scholarships.
Three previous fund recipients will also be present at the booth to speak on their experiences.
To be eligible, students must be Malaysians no older than 25 years old as of Jan 1 for undergraduate courses. There is no age limit for postgraduate students.
Monash University Malaysia and the University of Reading Malaysia are the fund’s new partners for this year, while Penang Medical College returns as a partner.
These scholarships cover a wide range of fields and disciplines, from entry-level courses to postgraduate education and professional studies. The scholarships are all bond-free.
Kuan explained that every scholarship application is vetted by representatives from The Star and its partner institutions.
Applicants will be shortlisted in early April and informed via e-mail. Scholarship interviews will be held from April to June.
For more information, visit thestar.com.my/edufund or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed application forms must reach: The Star Education Fund, Star Media Group Berhad, Menara Star, 15 Jalan 16/11, Section 16, 46350 Petaling Jaya by March 30.
Visit the Star Education Fund booth at the Star Education Fair at the SPICE Arena in Penang today and tomorrow from 11am to 7pm daily. Admission is free.