PETALING JAYA: Cindy Gee did not want to burden her ageing parents to finance her higher education.
The opportunity to relieve them of the cost literally arrived at her doorstep when she saw an advertisement in The Star, promoting its scholarships.
“I knew from a young age that I wanted to pursue higher education. I made sure I did well in the STPM and was offered a Business Administration course in Universiti Utara Malaysia,” said Gee, who was grateful to receive a full scholarship.
She was among the pioneer group of students to benefit from the Star Education Fund, which was established in 1994.
Gee now works as an accountant in Star Publications (M) Bhd, and has since passed the ACCA exams.
“Pursue education as high as you can and do not waste the opportunities that come to you. Even if there are obstacles, persevere. This will secure you a brighter future,” she said.
Eighteen years on, The Star is still providing opportunities to needy but deserving students who aspire to pursue undergraduate degrees at local public universities.
The Star Education Fund Undergraduate Scholarship Awards is open to Malaysians who are not older than 25 as at Jan 1 this year, with a good academic record (STPM or equivalent), active in extra-curricular activities, not receiving financial aid from other educational institutions or organisations and have gained admission into local public universities in Mass Communication/Management/Marketing/Business/English/Human Resource/Computer Science/Information Technology.
The scholarship is valued at RM7,500 per academic year and tenable for the minimum period required by the recipient to complete the course. Recipients may also be required to serve Star Publications upon completion of their studies.
Applications will close on Aug 15. Forms can be downloaded from thestar.com.my/edufund1. For details, call 03-7967 1388 (ext 1642/1644) or email email@example.com.