Scholarship boost

PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 31 March, 2008, 12:00am

Thirty tertiary students were awarded Hong Kong Jockey Club scholarships of HK$290,000 each last Tuesday in recognition of their outstanding academic performance and community services. The grant will support the students' academic expenses and living costs.

The 30 winners - 20 local students and 10 from the mainland - are all full-time students at the local universities or the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. They were nominated on the basis of outstanding academic performances, notable talents and active participation in community services.

Each student will receive

a grant totalling about HK$290,000 over the three years that they are studying at the institutions, provided they continue to show academic excellence and participate in community services.

The scholarship scheme aims to encourage students to contribute their talents to society. About 239 students have been awarded the scholarship since it was established in 1998. Those who have already graduated have founded the Jockey Club Scholars Alumni Association and organised community projects such as Schoolala.

'They [the graduates] went to a secondary school and mentored students, not so much in terms of providing career advice as in encouraging them to make the fullest use of their skills, knowledge and creativity to explore new possibilities in their lives,' said Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Jockey Club's CEO.