March 20 is closing date for Star fund

THE closing date for the Star Education Fund is on March 20.

This year, the Star Education Fund is offering 265 scholarships worth close to RM16mil from 30 institutions.

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

Applicants will be shortlisted at the end of March 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.

She also stressed to students that when submitting their documents and certificates obtained from co-curricular activities, it is best to submit only those which are most recent and relevant.

To be eligible for the Star Education Fund, 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.

The 30 partners-in-education are Brickfields Asia College; Equator College Penang; Erican College; HELP University; Heriot-Watt University Malaysia; IACT College; Infrastructure University KL; Kolej University Tunku Abdul Rahman; Malaysian Institute of Art; Management & Science University; Methodist College KL; Monash University Malaysia; Multimedia University; Nilai University; Quest International University Perak; RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus; Saito University College; SEGi University & Colleges; Sentral College Penang; Sunway College; Sunway College Ipoh; Sunway College Johor Bahru; Sunway University; Taylor’s University; UCSI College; UCSI University; University of Nottingham Malaysia; Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman; UOW Malaysia KDU University College and UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College.

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

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 20.

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