THE task of shortlisting candidates for the Star Education Fund 2003 scholarships has begun. Contributors now have to plough through 4,000 applications to select candidates for the grants.
Fund executive Katherine Poh said many of the applicants are straight-As students.
“However, it is not just grades that count in securing a scholarship. We will be selecting students based on (financial) need and also their participation in extra-curricular activities,” said Inti College administrative affairs director Sia Ah Hiok, adding that most popular courses are computer studies, engineering and business.
University of Nottingham in Malaysia (Unim) administrative support services director Paul Boardman said the quality of applicants this year is higher than last year’s. “Last year, we had lots of applicants for our engineering degree. This year, business seems to be very popular,” he said.
Candidates successful in securing the Unim scholarship have the privilege of using its new purpose-built campus in Semenyih, Selangor, when it opens its doors to students in 2005.
Sunway College’s Australian university programme director Lim Tiew Ming said she was impressed with the number of straight-As scorers among the scholarship applicants.
“We have received lots of applications for our information techno-logy courses, professional courses and Victoria University business degree programme,” she said.
Star Education Fund 2003 passed the RM7mil mark with 35 partners contributing 300 scholarships.
Four institutions joined the fund for the first time: Sentral Education, Penang; Edith Cowan University, Australia; Institut Teknologi Maklumat Nirmal, Ipoh; and PJ College of Art & Design, Selangor.
Contributors include: Inti International College Penang, Institut Perkim-Goon, Informatics, Equator Academy of Art, KDU College, Alif Creative Academy, Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology, FTMS-De Montfort University, Help Institute, Institute Advertising, Communication and Training, Inti College Malaysia, KLC Centre for Higher Studies, LimKokWing University College of Creative Technology and Metropolitan College.
Others are:the Penang Medical College, Malaysian Institute of Integrative Media, Millennium Institute of Technology, Malaysia University of Science and Technology, Nilai College, Prime College, Pusat Teknologi dan Pengurusan Lanjutan (Sungai Petani), Rima College, Saito Academy, SAL Group of Colleges, Sedaya International University College, SEG International, Stamford College, Sunway College, Taylor's College, The One Academy and the University of Nottingham in Malaysia.
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