Making sure no student is left behind

NOW in its 27th year, the Star Education Fund remains committed to making quality education accessible to young Malaysian talents.

The fund and 30 of its partners-in-education have been helping deserving young people transform their lives for the better by providing access to quality education from a legion of world-class academics.

This year, the fund has awarded 122 scholarships worth RM8.3mil to students who were chosen based on their financial needs, academic performance, extracurricular activities and interview session.

To date, the fund has benefited 4,172 bright but needy Malaysians through scholarships valued at a whopping RM144.88mil. The commitment to make learning available to all will continue, thanks to the fund’s partners-in-education. Here’s what they have to say about the successful applicants and their determination to help our children succeed:

Students who applied for the fund – this year and every year – were high quality candidates who have a lot of potential and talent. We chose the best all-rounded candidate based on academic and extra-curricular excellence, but taking into account first and foremost students who are in need of financial aid. The selection was conducted differently this year. Interviews with shortlisted candidates had to be done virtually due to the recovery movement control order. Some of the candidates were really outstanding in the way they put in extra effort with their attire and how they conducted themselves – nervous yet very excited at the same time in answering questions. This year, Sunway awarded 23 scholarships worth a total of RM1.55mil – 11 from Sunway University, four from Sunway College, four from Sunway College Ipoh and three from Sunway College Johor Bahru. Sunway’s long standing journey with the Star Education Fund started in 1999 and we will continue partnership to reach out to even more deserving young people. We hope scholarship recipients will improve themselves academically, broaden their horizons, learn to contribute back to their community and society as well as be responsible citizens of the world.

Sunway Education Group chief executive officer Dr Elizabeth Lee

We want as many bright minds as possible to benefit from our partnership with the Star Education Fund. Our goal is to assist deserving talents by providing them with education from a legion of world-class academics and opportunities which would not otherwise have been available to them due to their circumstances. Monash has been participating in the Star Education Fund since 2018, giving two scholarships per year. This year, however, we gave out seven scholarships to high quality candidates, increasing the total amount from RM250,000 to RM1.08mil.Candidates’ selection were based on three main criteria – financial need, academic performance and involvement in extracurricular activities. To date, a total of 11 scholarships amounting to RM1.6mil have been given out. Having an education will allow individuals to understand the world, analyse situations and find life solutions. Everyone deserves an equal opportunity for education. In our most recent interview, candidate Chong Khai Wen stood out. His maturity and enthusiasm in seeking a good education with the intent of giving his parents a better life after their years of hardship were indeed admirable.

Monash University Malaysia President and Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Andrew Walker

Candidates of this year’s fund had remarkable academic achievement, portrayed strong personalities and career aspirations as well as a refreshing outlook on what were difficult academic questions. This year, RUMC gave out one full Star Education Fund scholarship for medicine worth RM650,000 as we believe in supporting students with excellent academic achievement who are passionate about pursuing their dream career of becoming a doctor. RUMC is proud to collaborate with the reputable Star Education Fund in aiding well-deserving students in fulfilling their aspirations. This year especially when we are battling the pandemic, RUMC realised the importance of assisting students who are in need and launched the 15% scholarship initiative to give those facing challenges due to Covid-19. We also offer 18 additional RUMC scholarships to deserving students – two of them are full scholarships for medicine, while 16 others are 20% and 15% scholarships.

RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus’ (RUMC, formerly known as Penang Medical College) president and chief executive officer Prof David L. Whitford

We have pledged more than RM15mil and funded more than 200 students since our collaboration with the Star Education Fund began 18 years ago. We are able to work with committed students to make a real difference in their lives when working alongside the fund. For 2020, we pledged RM1,140,200 for nine courses to deserving and academically excellent students. Youths are our future leaders, education is essential for them. We should continue to ensure that quality education is available to everyone. Amidst diverse career opportunities and the passion of young people, we believe that they are able to reach their dreams through a formal education route. Yearly, we see many talented students and we hope that their time with us will help them sharpen their skills and develop their talents and set them on a platform. It has been a pleasure working with the Star Education Fund and we look forward to working for this cause in the coming years.

University of Nottingham Malaysia chief executive officer, provost and pro-vice-chancellor Prof Graham Kendall

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