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Over 5,000 outstanding students awarded scholarships by Government (with photos)

     The Secretary for Education, Mr Eddie Ng Hak-kim, today (April 23) presented certificates to 1,458 students who were offered scholarships and awards under the HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund and 3,545 scholarship and award recipients under the Self-financing Post-secondary Education Fund (SPEF) in the 2013/14 academic year. The total value of scholarships and awards distributed to these 5,003 students amounted to about $129 million.
     A spokesman for the Education Bureau said, "The Scholarship Fund was established in 2008 to attract outstanding local students to advance their studies at home, and meritorious non-local students to pursue higher education opportunities in Hong Kong. Scholarships are offered to students studying full-time publicly funded undergraduate-level or above programmes and students studying full-time publicly funded sub-degree programmes at 10 participating institutions. (List of institutions in Annex I.)

     "The Self-financing Post-secondary Scholarship Scheme was established under the SPEF in 2011 to promote the quality and sustainable development of the self-financing post-secondary sector. Under the scheme, scholarships and awards are offered to students pursuing full-time locally accredited self-financing sub-degree or undergraduate programmes. (List of 32 participating institutions in Annex II.)

     "Apart from offering the Talent Development Scholarship and the Reaching Out Award, both the Scholarship Fund and the SPEF give recognition to deserving post-secondary students with special educational needs (SEN) by establishing the Endeavour Merit Award and the Endeavour Scholarship respectively in the 2013/14 academic year. A total of 100 students benefited from the new scholarship and the new award this year, representing about 15 per cent of the SEN students pursuing such post-secondary programmes.

     "In addition, the Scholarship Fund will every year award targeted scholarships to first-year non-local full-time students from Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries, India and Korea, who are enrolled in publicly funded degree programmes in Hong Kong. The SPEF also offers the Outstanding Performance Scholarship and the Best Progress Award."

     In the 2013/14 academic year, 1,069 local and 389 non-local students received scholarships from the Scholarship Fund. These include 889 publicly funded undergraduate-level or above students and 569 students studying in publicly funded sub-degree programmes. In addition, the Fund also reserved about $30 million for the Talent Development Scholarship and the Reaching Out Award. Last year, the total number of recipients of the scholarship and the award was 1 882 and the total value amounted to about $19 million.

     The SPEF offered scholarships and awards to 3,484 local and 61 non-local students this academic year. Of these recipients, 2,311 studied sub-degree programmes and the remaining 1,234 pursued undergraduate courses.

     Details of the scholarships and awards under the Scholarship Fund are available at Those under the SPEF are available at

Ends/Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Issued at HKT 16:55


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