Securing study funds

Kuan says participation in extra curricular activities will be taken into consideration.

THE Star Education Fund is offering 265 scholarships worth close to RM16mil from 30 institutions this year.

The fund has disbursed RM136.5mil to 4,050 scholarship recipients since its inception in 1994.

There will be opportunities to find out more about the scholarships during the Star Education Fair 2020 to be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Jan 4 and 5.

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 undergraduate education and professional studies. The scholarships are all bond-free.

Star Education Fund manager Susanna Kuan explained that every scholarship application is vetted by representatives from The Star and its partner institutions.

The closing date for the scholarships is two weeks after the release of the SPM and STPM results. Applicants will be shortlisted in early April and informed via e-mail. Interviews will be held from April to June.

While good grades are important, students need not be straight-A scorers to secure a scholarship.

Kuan said participation in extra curricular activities would be taken into consideration as well.

“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, said Kuan, a good personal statement on why you deserve it is needed for you to stand out from the crowd.

Kuan will be on hand during the Star Education Fair 2020 to answer any questions students or their parents may have.

She is also scheduled to speak on the Star Education Fund scholarship awards on the first day of the fair.

The fair is a one-stop centre to obtain information and guidance on study options and career developments.

Exhibitors and representatives from various organisations will be available to answer any questions the students or their parents might have. It is never too early to start thinking about tertiary education.The Star Education Fair will take place at Halls 4 and 5 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 11am to 7pm on Jan 4 and 5.

Admission is free.

Booths are still available for interested exhibitors.

For details, call 03-7967 1388 (ext 1097/1505) from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5.30pm, email or visit and

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