MORE than 500 Baptist University students received a total of $3.7 million in the form of scholarships, bursaries and loans offered by more than 100 organisations, professional bodies, firms and individuals for their studies. Cherry Law Yuk-fung, a journalism student who received a $15,000 scholarship offered by the South China Morning Post, said it inspired her to work. She said the award had been a great encouragement. 'I felt honoured to receive this award which increased my confidence both in study and work. It was also a relief to have the financial burdens posed by my school fees eased,' said the Year 2 student of the Faculty of Communications. The award was made on the basis of the university panel's assessment of academic achievements by students as well as their performance in extra-curricular activities. Ms Law attributed her success to hard work and the fact that she was actively involved in various extra-curricular activities. 'I believe that anyone can be successful if they try their best in whatever tasks they undertake in life,' she said. Addressing students at the scholarship presentation ceremony held at the university campus, the chairman of the Students' Affairs Committee, Professor Herbert Tsang, expressed his gratitude to donors. 'We have been able to grant over 224 scholarships worth about $1.9 million and 137 bursaries totalling $813,125 because of the donors' generosity.' Another 163 received loans, while 24 students received Leadership Development Grants totalling $120,000 from private sources.