Polytechnic University's Hong Kong Community College will reserve $4.6 million for scholarships and activities for its associate degree students during 2005-06. Director of HKCC Simon Leung Tak-wing said around $2.6 million would be used to fund 10 scholarships and student support activities each year. Six of the scholarships are new. Awards will be given to new students based on their outstanding school results and top associate degree graduates moving on to degree courses. Dr Leung denied the new scholarships were set up to attract more applicants. He said they were intended to provide financial support and recognise outstanding performance. About 30 to 40 per cent of the $2.6 million would be given to scholars based on their performance. The rest would fund students' all-round development, including international and cultural exchanges. This summer, 163 students will take part in exchanges organised by the college, including tours to Canada, the US and Shanghai. It will also spend $2 million on other initiatives to promote personal development, such as international summer schools and language programmes. More than 200 co-curricular events will be held in the coming academic year.