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More students to benefit from HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund (with photos)

     More students would benefit from the HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund, with the total scholarship allocation in the 2009/10 academic year being doubled to $24 million, the Secretary for Education, Mr Michael Suen said today (April 30).

     Speaking at a ceremony to honour the 230 scholarship recipients, Mr Suen said, "The HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund recognises the achievements of outstanding local and non-local students in our higher education sector.  It is also a key initiative to foster the development of Hong Kong as a regional education hub."

     The fund was established in 2008 and provided $12 million in scholarships to 162 local and 68 non-local students in nine participating institutions in the 2008/09 academic year.

    "I hope the scholarship awards will motivate local and non-local students alike to set higher benchmarks for academic excellence within and outside the campus, and the awardees will serve as role models for their peers in becoming responsible members of society, serving the community and caring for others," Mr Suen said.

     The scholarships are $40,000 a year for each local student and $80,000 for each non-local student, and are awarded based on academic excellence, community service, leadership and communication skills.

     The nine participating institutions are the City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Lingnan University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Ends/Thursday, April 30, 2009
Issued at HKT 19:34


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