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Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme opens for applications
     The Education Bureau (EDB) today (October 11) announced that the Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme (HKSES) will, from today until December 31, be open for applications from eligible Hong Kong students who intend to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate studies at world-renowned universities outside Hong Kong starting from the 2022/23 academic year.
     A spokesman for the EDB said, "As a merit-based scheme targeting the most outstanding Hong Kong students, the HKSES seeks to cultivate a cadre of brilliant young achievers who will return home after receiving world-class education supported by the scholarship to enrich Hong Kong's talent pool and competitiveness in the long run. Selection will be based on candidates' academic achievements and other attributes such as leadership qualities and potential as well as their contributions and commitment to society. Awardees are required to complete their specific study programmes and undertake to return to Hong Kong upon graduation to work for at least two years or a period equivalent to the duration of the scholarship received, whichever is the longer."
     Awardees will receive a non-means-tested scholarship to cover their tuition fees, subject to a ceiling of $300,000 per annum. In addition, a means-tested bursary subject to a ceiling of $200,000 per student per annum will be granted to students who may need additional financial support during their studies to cover their living and study-related expenses. The value of the award will be correspondingly reduced if an awardee also receives other awards, both locally and abroad, or assistance to finance his or her same studies overseas.
     Apart from the monetary scholarship, the value of the HKSES also lies in its prestige and recognition as well as other non-monetary benefits. Awardees will receive a series of support and mentorship services to be rendered by the Government and other sectors of the community.
     More details on the HKSES are available at the HKSES website (hkses.edb.gov.hk). Eligible students who intend to pursue their first year of undergraduate or postgraduate studies at world-renowned universities outside Hong Kong in the 2022/23 academic year (i.e. during the period from August 2022 to July 2023) may submit their applications for scholarship online via the application system at the HKSES website on or before December 31, 2021, by 6pm.
     Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend interviews for the scholarship from April 2022 onwards after receiving unconditional offers from their chosen programmes. They will be notified of the results in due course after the interviews.
Ends/Monday, October 11, 2021
Issued at HKT 12:30
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