The Hong Kong Community College (HKCC) has set aside $4.6 million for scholarships and student-related activities in the 2005-2006 academic year. The allocation is in line with the HKCC's motto of developing students' potential through a holistic education. The college is an affiliate of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The HKCC hopes to encourage students to develop their potential through quality education, all-round excellence and a rewarding campus life, said its director, Dr Simon Leung. 'The key emphasis of our plan is not so much on the dollar value but its effectiveness in enabling the students to benefit from a truly comprehensive and value-added educational experience,' he said. A total of $2.6 million will be allocated for 10 categories of scholarships and support funds, benefiting 600 students. The scholarships include outstanding performance, learning support, all-round development and cultural exchange. They will not be restricted to academic performance since their purpose is to encourage greater personal and professional development. Another $2 million will be spent on development activities such as language upgrading skills and health and beauty courses. This summer, 163 students will take part in these activities and some will get the chance to go overseas on exchange visits. The activities will include study tours to places such as Shanghai, Beijing, the United States and Canada. More than 200 programmes will be held in the coming academic year, offering 7,000 places for HKCC students. Students have gained valuable experience from previous activities. Naomi Liu Hoi-yu, a Year Two student in the Associate in Business programme, worked as an intern in Harbin , where she was able to apply her skills in a practical situation. She also travelled to Russia and ended up receiving a job offer from the Kowloon Shangri-La hotel, but declined it in order to finish her degree. 'The experience made me want to pursue this career,' she said. Lily Chan, a Beauty and Health Therapy student, said her trip to China gave her a better idea about the growing cosmetics industry on the mainland. Lemon Lau Mung-ha, a Year Two student in the Associate in Bilingual Communication course, went to the US. Her trip to New York helped boost her confidence and gave her new-found courage, she said. 'If it weren't for the scholarships, I would never be able to do this,' she added.