The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) awarded scholarships to 27 outstanding university students last month in recognition of their academic excellence and active participation in community service. The scholarships provide study grants of more than $200,000 to each first-year university student. Recipients of the awards will automatically become members of the Jockey Club Scholars Alumni Association, which organises regular community service work for the scholarship recipients. At the award presentation ceremony, HKJC's executive director (charities) William Yiu praised the award-winners for their enthusiasm in serving the community. 'Young people should cherish the opportunity to learn and explore new horizons. Being active members of society, they should also take the initiative to help the needy,' said Mr Yiu. Jamie Zhan was grateful to the HKJC for supporting her studies. 'The grant will reduce the financial burden on my family. I will use it to buy reference books and pay for my overseas study trips,' said the Year One applied biology student from City University of Hong Kong. Tom Ho Chi-chun felt proud of his achievement. 'I'm always active in doing voluntary work. There are many underprivileged people in society who need our support. I will certainly take part in more community service projects in future,' said the University of Hong Kong Year One medical student.