Worth nearly RM14.2mil, the scholarships are offered by 30 institutions under the Star Education Fund, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018.
Star Education Fund manager Susanna Kuan said Monash University Malaysia is the fund’s new partner for 2018, while Penang Medical College returns as a partner.
If you want to learn how to secure a scholarship from the fund, catch Kuan on the first day of the Star Education Fair 2018, to be held from 11am to 7pm on Jan 6 and 7 at Halls 1 to 5 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
She will be speaking on “Funding Higher Education” at the fair, focusing on what the fund is about and its objectives.
“I will help students understand the fund’s application process and the criteria for education and selection,” said Kuan, who will also share tips on attending scholarship interviews.
She added that preparation and passion were key in making the cut.
“If you have passion, then you will have no difficulty convincing the panel that you are the right candidate.
“You should know why you are applying to a particular institution or course,” said Kuan, who stressed that while good grades were important, students need not be straight-A scorers.
Methodist College Kuala Lumpur marketing manager Reuben Chan Chien Chern will give a talk titled “Are You Prepared to Apply for Scholarships After High School?
Chan, who has been shortlisting candidates for the Star Education Fund for the past eight years, will share tips on how to avoid common mistakes in securing a scholarship.
The most common mistakes applicants make range from writing a generic application cover note to assuming they will secure the scholarship based on straight As. Their participation in other activities is just as important, he said.
“Students also need to understand the different types of scholarships available before applying,” said Chan.
Experts on pre-university education and representatives from colleges and universities will brief students and parents on a wide range of certificate, foundation, diploma and postgraduate courses, as well as professional qualifications.
Admission is free. There are booths available for interested exhibitors.
For details, call 03-7967 1388 (ext 1233/1475).