Scholarships open doors to winners
A record 12 people received bachelor of laws (LLB) admission scholarships this year, says Surya Deva, associate professor at City University and leader of the LLB programme.
'Our programme attracts quality applicants and gives them recognition. While there were only six awardees in 2009, the number doubled this year,' he says.
The scholarship was established three years ago and is awarded to outstanding secondary school students nominated by their principals and admitted to the LLB programme through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System. There is no quota set for the number of recipients each year and students are chosen mainly based on academic merit, as demonstrated through Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority and Use of English results. The selection committee may also consider non-academic and extra-curricular achievements.
Each secondary school is entitled to nominate one person. Successful candidates receive HK$50,000.
Po Leung Kuk Tang Yuk Tien College graduate Taylor Li Lap-kan was thrilled when he learned he had won the scholarship. 'It's a big relief for me and I feel more secure as my family doesn't have to worry about my tuition and living expenses,' he says.
He's also eligible for City University's A+++ Entrance Scholarship, worth HK$40,000 per year. 'I can buy a computer for myself and even attend overseas exchange programmes. The LLB admission scholarship means a lot to me as it is a validation of my past effort and motivates myself to work harder.'
Li says he chose City University's school of law because of its reputation and global network. 'When I was in Form Seven, my school invited the school of law to conduct a briefing session and there were staff and students who shared their experience with us. I was so impressed by their presentation and professionalism.'
First-time award winner Yung Ron, who is an active athlete, says he is delighted with the scholarship. 'Apart from alleviating our financial burden, it recognises my ability and encourages me to work harder. I'll spend part of the money on tuition fees and increase my cultural exposure by participating in future study tours and overseas exchange programmes in Australia and [Britain],' he says.
Yung was a soccer team captain at Diocesan Boys' School and also plays handball. 'I was more aware of current issues. During the interview, I was asked to comment on a current issue in Hong Kong and was able to do so.'
Yung's father, Gary Yung, commends the scholarship programme for the opportunities it gives students. 'This award makes a big difference. Thanks to the resourcefulness of City University, the scholarship creates additional incentives to motivate students,' he says.
Bettina Wang Zhenyuan, from Carmel Secondary School, is one of four female recipients of scholarships this year. 'I applied for the scholarship because it would signify a recognition of my past achievements and be a motivational force for my future studies,' she says.
Wang says the most challenging part of the selection process was the interview. 'I had to remain calm and confident. The most important part was not preparing the questions, but to be confident and show the professors that you have what it takes,' she says.