PETALING JAYA: Some of the scholarships offered by The Star Education Fund are still up for grabs.
Students can opt for diplomas and degrees in areas like architecture, journalism-related programmes such as visual communication and digital image creation, software technology, international business administration, hospitality and tourism, information technology and computer sciences/engineering.
Professional programmes such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Association of Business Executives (ABE), Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) as well as the American Degree Transfer programmes in human resource management, marketing and management information systems are also available.
Star Education Fund senior executive Katherine Poh urged those who did not get what they applied for in public universities to opt for the scholarships.
There are many scholarship opportunities available so students should take advantage of this, she said.
Poh said the education fund unit had found that more students were opting to apply for scholarships in marketing and accounting programmes rather than IT.
It is important to choose what you are interested in or you may face difficulties in your studies later.
The scholarship is not just for students. Those aged 25 and below who have worked for several years, and want to go back to studying, can also apply, she said.
Fund secretary Ng Kok Wah said there was no bond under the scholarship but students must not be recipients of other financial aid.
We are looking for well-rounded students who are active in sports and co-curricular activities. We will try to match students according to their strengths as well as proximity to their home. For example, if students apply from Penang, we will try to make sure they get to study in Penang, he said.
Launched in 1994, the fund is divided into two tiers with the first tier consisting of contributions by The Star.
The second tier pools together study grants and scholarships from both private and local higher educational institutions. For more information, call 03-7967 1642.