KUALA LUMPUR: The Star Education Fund 2003 passed the RM7mil mark with 35 partners contributing 300 scholarships.
The educational institutions, both local and foreign, pledged the awards during a ceremony to mark the opening of the Star Education Fair 2003 at the Putra World Trade Centre yesterday.
Four institutions which joined the Fund for the first time are Edith Cowan University, Australia; Institut Teknologi Maklumat Nirmal, Ipoh; PJ College of Art & Design, Petaling Jaya; and Sentral Education Sdn Bhd, Penang.
The other contributors are: Alif Creative Academy, Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology, Equator Academy of Art, FTMS-De Montfort University, HELP Institute, Institute Advertising, Communication and Training, Informatics, Institut Perkim-Goon, Inti College Malaysia, Inti College Penang, KLC Centre for Higher Studies, KDU College, LimKokWing Institute of Creative Technology, and Metropolitan College.
The sponsors also include the Malaysian Institute of Integrative Media, Millennium Institute of Technology, Malaysia University of Science and Technology, Nilai College, Penang Medical College, Prime College, Pusat Teknologi dan Pengurusan Lanjutan (Sungai Petani), Rima College, Saito Academy, SAL Group of Colleges, Sedaya International College, SEG International Bhd, Stamford College, Sunway College, Taylor’s College, The One Academy and the University of Nottingham in Malaysia.
Representatives from the institutions presented the awards to Education director-general Datuk Abdul Rafie Mahat. Also present was The Star group chief editor Datuk Ng Poh Tip.
In her speech, Ng said the fund was entering its 10th year and expressed The Star’s appreciation and gratitude to all the partners who had generously contributed to the Fund.
“Deserving and qualified students can now look forward to 300 scholarships worth RM7mil offered by 35 partners-in-education, local and foreign.
“The Star hopes more educational institutions will come forward to contribute to this good cause as we continue to mould a new generation of high achievers through the fund.”
Abdul Rafie commended the fund for its growth – from offering scholarships worth RM700,000 in 1994 to this year’s total of RM7mil.
The Star also awards scholarships to students through the fund.
Other than setting up a booth at the fair, the fund team also held a talk yesterday and will hold another today at 11.30am in Bilik Perhentian to educate scholarship hopefuls on the various courses offered and the application process.
The closing date for applications is March 7. Application forms can be downloaded from thestar.com.my/education/colleges/scholarships.html
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