Find­ing the right schol­ar­ship

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SCHOL­AR­SHIPS are a great way to help you fur­ther your stud­ies at al­most no cost. Un­like loans and fi­nanc­ing schemes, a schol­ar­ship is a form of fi­nan­cial aid that does not need to be re­paid.

How­ever, cer­tain cri­te­ria need to be met for a stu­dent to be awarded a schol­ar­ship. In Malaysia, there is an abun­dance of schol­ar­ships that are avail­able, but how do you go about choos­ing the right one for you?

Here are some ways to look for the best schol­ar­ship for you.

On­line

A good place to start look­ing for schol­ar­ships is the In­ter­net. There are count­less web­sites that pro­vide schol­ar­ship list­ings, along with com­pre­hen­sive in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments, cour­ses cov­ered by the schol­ar­ship and the dead­lines for ap­pli­ca­tion.

You can use web­sites such as af­ter­school. my, studymalaysia.com and schol­ardeck.com to look for a schol­ar­ship.

Th­ese web­sites make look­ing for schol­ar­ships eas­ier be­cause you can find the de­tails of ev­ery schol­ar­ship pro­gramme in one place.

Al­ter­na­tively, you can visit the web­sites of higher education in­sti­tu­tions and check out their schol­ar­ship pro­grammes. How­ever, bear in mind that ob­tain­ing a schol­ar­ship from an in­sti­tu­tion usu­ally means that you have to study in that in­sti­tu­tion as well.

Cor­po­rate bod­ies

Large cor­po­ra­tions also give out schol­ar­ships. Com­pa­nies that give out schol­ar­ships value education highly and be­lieve that help­ing stu­dents with their education can be ben­e­fi­cial for the com­mu­nity and the coun­try.

Stu­dents who ob­tain schol­ar­ships from cor­po­ra­tions of­ten have lim­ited choices of cour­ses to study. Th­ese cour­ses are usu­ally re­lated to the field of ex­per­tise that an em­ployee work­ing for that com­pany is re­quired to have.

You must take into ac­count the cour­ses that the schol­ar­ship cov­ers be­fore ap­ply­ing so that you do not end up study­ing a course that is of no in­ter­est to you.

Gov­ern­men­tal and char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tions

Be­sides the In­ter­net, you can try your luck with gov­ern­men­tal and char­i­ta­ble in­sti­tu­tions that pro­vide fi­nan­cial aid for education.

Stu­dents can ap­ply for schol­ar­ships from the Malaysia’s Pub­lic Ser­vice Depart­ment ( JPA). Th­ese schol­ar­ships are of­fered through the JPA Bur­sary Pro­gramme or the JPA Schol­ar­ship Pro­gramme mainly to study lo­cally.

This year, only 200 of the stu­dents who ap­ply to JPA will be given schol­ar­ships to study en­gi­neer­ing in Ja­pan, South Korea, Ger­many and France.

The schol­ar­ships for the top 20 SPM scor­ers will en­able them to study any­where in the world.

The JPA Bur­sary Pro­gramme is only open to stu­dents who have com­pleted their pre- univer­sity stud­ies.

The JPA Schol­ar­ship Pro­gramme is only of­fered to SPM grad­u­ates.

In Malaysia, there are many char­i­ta­ble in­sti­tu­tions that pro­vide fi­nan­cial aid for education to those who need it.

Foun­da­tions such as the Kuok Foun­da­tion, the Sime Darby Foun­da­tion and the Tan Sri Lee Shin Cheng Foun­da­tion are some of the many that are cur­rently of­fer­ing schol­ar­ships to stu­dents.

Like the schol­ar­ships given out by cor­po­ra­tions, th­ese schol­ar­ships are also for a lim­ited list. Be­fore you ap­ply, make sure you meet the ap­pli­ca­tion cri­te­ria.

Con­tests

If you are al­ready un­der­tak­ing cour­ses at a col­lege or univer­sity, you can keep an eye out for schol­ar­ship con­tests. Th­ese con­tests usu­ally of­fer mon­e­tary prizes to win­ners, which you can use to pay your tu­ition fees or to pur­chase sup­plies.

Th­ese con­tests usu­ally re­quire you to sub­mit an es­say on cer­tain top­ics and the one with the best es­say wins the prize. Some con­tests, how­ever, are tar­geted at groups of stu­dents study­ing spe­cific cour­ses.

For ex­am­ple, a video con­test will typ­i­cally be tar­geted at broad­cast­ing stu­dents while a busi­ness idea con­test will be suited to busi­ness stu­dents. Pick the right con­test to join and you could win some free fund­ing.

Word of mouth

If you have a friend or a fam­ily mem­ber who is a re­cip­i­ent of a schol­ar­ship, ask them how you can go about get­ting your­self one. Since they have been through the process of ap­ply­ing for and re­ceiv­ing a schol­ar­ship, they can give you ad­vice on how to pre­pare for a schol­ar­ship ap­pli­ca­tion.

In ad­di­tion to that, you can head over to nearby col­leges and univer­si­ties and talk to their course coun­sel­lors.

Aside from hav­ing in- depth knowl­edge on cour­ses, they may also have some in­for­ma­tion on the lat­est schol­ar­ship pro­grammes.

Th­ese coun­sel­lors will have in­for­ma­tion about the cri­te­ria needed to ap­ply for cour­ses and schol­ar­ships and can pro­vide ad­vice on which schol­ar­ship best suits you based on your qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Keep try­ing and do not give up. New schol­ar­ships are cre­ated ev­ery year and you can try ap­ply­ing to the ones that best suit your qual­i­fi­ca­tions and needs.

Keep try­ing and do not give up. New schol­ar­ships are cre­ated ev­ery year and you can try ap­ply­ing to the ones that best suit your qual­i­fi­ca­tions and needs.

The In­ter­net is a good place to be­gin your search for schol­ar­ship from pri­vate and govern­ment bod­ies.

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