171 Star scholarships up for grabs

Towards a brighter future: Yeow (centre), Kuan (far right) and SMG Corporate Communication and Social Impact senior manager Selina Ng (far left) with some of the Star Education Fund partners in education at the soft launch in January.

THE Star Education Fund is back for the 30th consecutive year, and this time, 171 scholarships worth close to RM10.6mil from 23 institutions are available for applications.

Star Education Fund manager Susanna Kuan said while good grades are important, students need not be straight-A scorers to secure a scholarship.

“How you carry yourself during the interviews, your family background, as well as your co-curricular and sports participation, matter too,” she told StarEdu.

She added that it is important for students to choose a course they are interested in when applying for a scholarship.

“If you really want a scholarship, you need to write a good personal statement on why you deserve it to stand out from the crowd,” she advised.

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

Star Media Group chief executive officer Alex Yeow, who officiated the soft launch of the Star Education Fund Scholarship Awards 2023 in January, said the scholarships are highly coveted, thanks in large to the company’s partners in education.

“Since its inception in 1994, the Fund has benefited 4,361 scholarship recipients with a total value of over RM158.5mil,” he said.

To be eligible for the Star Education Fund scholarships, which are open for applications today, students must be Malaysians no older than 25 years of age as of Jan 1, 2023, 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 23 partners in education are Brickfields Asia College; HELP University; Heriot-Watt University Malaysia; IACT College; Malaysian Institute of Art; Management & Science University; Monash University Malaysia; Multimedia University; Saito University College; SEGi University & Colleges; Sentral College Penang; Sunway College; Sunway College Ipoh; Sunway College Johor Bahru; Sunway University; Taylor’s University; Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management and Technology; UCSI College; UCSI University; UCSI University Springhill; Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman; UOW Malaysia KDU University College and UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College.

For more information and to apply, go to thestar.com.my/edufund.

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