Meyers-McBride fund helps 30 bright pupils
THIRTY of Hong Kong's brightest and most deserving school pupils received a financial boost from the Nicola Meyers and Kenneth McBride Memorial Fund yesterday.
The students each received scholarship cheques for between $2,500 and $3,000 in memory of the two Island School teenagers murdered on Braemar Hill in 1985.
Maggie McBride, Kenneth's mother, congratulated the students on their drive, integrity and hard work, which marked their selection from 100 applicants.
She said some of the students had shone academically despite holding down weekend and after-school jobs to help support their families.
''They have this strength of character. If Hong Kong is in hands like these, surely the right course will prevail,'' she said.
''The depth of talent of these young people, plus their circumstances, is very moving. The hard thing is denying anyone a scholarship.'' The memorial fund provides cash annually to help talented but financially needy students recommended by secondary school principals. Contributions from Sunday Morning Post readers and the Island School Parent Teachers' Association helped establish the scholarships.
Sunday Morning Post editor Ann Quon congratulated the students and fund organisers.
''It's a tribute that the fund has been able to continue into its eighth year, and that students like you can benefit, making a tragedy into something very positive,'' she said.
Wah Yan College student Terence Goh Yau-hang, 17, said he planned to use his windfall to seek a place in a British university.
''I want to be a doctor, to practise medicine as well as research neuro-science,'' he said.
''I want to study the human brain and nervous system.'' Vivian Lau Tung-yin, 20, of Maryknoll Convent School, said her family was thrilled with her award, which would help her study English and become a lawyer.
''My teacher told me . . . and I couldn't believe it,'' she said.