Giving back by becoming a student volunteer

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Star Education Fund recipient Adam Wong Mun Wai (pic) was happy to lend a helping hand at the Star Education Fair 2020 as a student volunteer.

“It is only right for me to give back to the company that has given me the opportunity to study in my preferred course and university, ” said Adam, 19, who is pursuing mechatronic engineering at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.

He said many who came to the Star Education Fund booth wanted to find out how the fund works.

“There were many who already knew about the fund but wanted advice on the application process.”

Adam’s younger brother Arthur Wong Jun Keng, 17, also volunteered at the booth at the two-day fair despite not being a recipient himself.

“I completed SPM last year and had some free time, ” he said.

To familiarise himself with all the information related to the scholarships, Arthur said he had two sessions with Star Education Fund manager Susanna Kuan and executive Peresamy Kalimuthu to understand more about them.

Arthur noted that visitors were mainly students who, like him, had completed their SPM last year.

Most of them wanted to know if full scholarships were provided and whether recipients would be bonded with the company, he said.

“Many of them were interested in pre-university courses, ” he added.

In her talk on Star Education Fund scholarship awards, Kuan explained that every scholarship application was vetted by representatives from The Star and its partner institutions.

The closing date for the scholarships is two weeks after the release of the SPM and STPM results.

Applicants will be shortlisted in early April and informed via email. Interviews will be held from April to June.

While good grades are important, students need not be straight-A scorers to secure a scholarship.

Kuan said participation in extra curricular activities would be taken into consideration.

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

To stand out among the crowd, Kuan also said that a good personal statement was needed on why you deserve the scholarship.

To be eligible, students must be Malaysians no older than 25 years old as of Jan 1 for undergraduate courses.

These scholarships cover a range of fields and disciplines, from entry-level courses to undergraduate education and professional studies. The scholarships are all bond-free.

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