THE Star Education Fund is offering 272 scholarships worth RM13.3mil during the Star Education Fair 2017 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
Star Education Fund manager Susanna Kuan said this was an increase from the 241 scholarships last year.
“We thank our 29 partners-in-education for their generosity in providing the scholarships to the fund,” she said.
These scholarships cover a wide range of fields and disciplines, from entry-level courses to undergraduate programmes, professional studies to vocational training. They are all bond-free.
Kuan said Quest International University Perak and Oriental Nilam College of Nursing which are new partners of the fund, are offering scholarships in Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Diploma in Nursing respectively.
She said the fund’s top four partner institutions – Sunway University, Taylor’s University, UCSI University Trust and The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus – were providing scholarships worth more than RM1mil each (to the fund).
To be eligible for Star Education Fund scholarships, students must be Malaysian citizens and no older than 25 as of Jan 1 for undergraduate courses.
Kuan said that while good grades were important, students need not be straight-A scorers to secure a scholarship.
“The applicant’s family background is also taken into consideration, as well as their participation in co-curricular activities.
“We do look for students who can demonstrate leadership qualities,” she added.
She explained that every scholarship application is vetted by representatives from The Star and its partner institutions.
Since 1994, the Star Education Fund has benefited 3,582 students with scholarships worth RM108.3mil.
Past scholarship recipients will be present at the Star Education Fund booth in Hall 3 and will share their experiences and answer related questions.
Methodist College Kuala Lumpur marketing manager Reuben Chan Chien Chern will give a talk titled “Are You Prepared to Apply for Scholarships After High School?”.
Chan will share tips on how to improve one’s chances in securing a scholarship.
The presentations from Chan and Kuan will take place today at the Star Education Fair 2017 from 1.35pm to 2.20pm at Hall 1 (Stage Area), of the convention centre.
Representatives from the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) will also be present on both days of the fair at Hall 3.
They will share information on PTPTN loans.
The Education & Career Talks are organised by Star Media Group Bhd, with the Finance Accreditation Agency as accreditation partner.
Other talks that will be held today are “Options After SPM: Choosing the Right Career Pathway”, “Psychology - Career of the Future”, “Career In The Hospitality Industry: Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, Tourism And Event Management”, “The World Of IT”, “Other Interesting Careers”, “Study and Work Overseas” and “Engineering”. (see table)
Free KFC vouchers worth RM5 will be given away to students.
They will need to register at Link Hall 3 to redeem the vouchers, which are limited to one per person on a first-come, first-served basis. Terms and conditions apply.
Students unsure of what to do after SPM or STPM can meet with experts on pre-university education, as well as counsellors and representatives from over 150 foreign and local institutions who will offer information on the range of certificate, foundation, diploma and postgraduate courses, as well as professional qualifications.
Take note, the Star Education Fair 2017 is being held at Exhibition Halls 1 to 5 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and ends today.
Opening hours are from 11am to 7pm and admission is free.
For details on the education fair, call 03-2333 2741, 03-2333 2742, 03-2333 2743 or 03-2333 2744.
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