March 29 is closing date for Star fund

THE closing date for the Star Education Fund is on March 29.

The Star Education Fund is offering 285 scholarships worth RM15.1mil from 32 institutions this year.

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.

To be eligible, students must be Malaysians no older than 25-years-old as of Jan 1 for undergraduate courses.

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.

Kuan and her team will be at the Star Education Fair in Penang at Setia SPICE Convention Centre from 11am to 7pm today.

Students with questions are welcome to see them at the fair.

Applicants will be shortlisted in early April and informed via e-mail. Scholarship interviews will be held from April to June.

The 32 partners-in-education are Brickfields Asia College; Erican College; HELP University; Heriot-Watt University Malaysia; IACT College; Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur; KDU University College; KDU Penang University College; Kolej Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman; Limkokwing University of Creative Technology; Malaysian Institute of Art; Management & Science University; MSU College Penang; Methodist College Kuala Lumpur; Monash University Malaysia; Multimedia University; Nilai University; Oriental Nilam College of Nursing & Health Sciences; Quest International University Perak; RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus; Saito University College; SEGi University & Colleges; Sentral College Penang; Sunway University; Sunway College; Sunway College Ipoh; Sunway College Johor Bahru; Taylor’s University; UCSI University; UCSI College; University of Nottingham Malaysia and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman.

For more information, visit or send an e-mail to 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 29.

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