Stand out with essay

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 06 Jan 2011

PETALING JAYA: Applying for scholarships can be a painless process, if you do it right.

Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange Education USA Advising Centre coordinator Doreen John said students should take time to reflect when writing the essay or statement of purpose.

“It should go beyond grades and co-curricular activities and include what makes them unique, experiences that have shaped them and their strengths and weaknesses,” she added.

While it is not a requirement for those applying to the Star Education Fund to submit a statement of purpose together with their supporting documents, marketing services (promotions and Star Education Fund) manager Susanna Kuan said doing so would make their applications stand out.

“We will call them for an interview if we are convinced by what they write.

“But applicants have to be truthful because this is not creative writing,” she said.

The Star Education Fund together with 29 selected partners-in-education are offering 215 scholarships this year worth close to RM8.65mil.

John and Kuan will be speaking during a session on “Funding Higher Education” at the 23rd Star Education Fair to be held on Jan 8 and 9 at the Kuala Lumpur Conven­tion Centre.

British Council Malaysia education marketing & promotion manager Patricia Hor and National Higher Education Fund Corp­oration senior assistant manager Zubir Che Embi will also speak.

Visitors to the Star Education Fund booth during the fair stand a chance of getting complimentary GSC movie passes or pizza vouchers from Domino’s on a first-come-first-served basis. The Star Education Fair will have over 550 booths and 170 exhibitors, and features experts speaking on career trends and study options in medicine, engineering, accoun­ting, mass communications, architecture and law. The fair will also be held at the Penang International Sports Arena on Feb 19 and 20. It is open from 11am to 7pm. Admission is free.

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