THE Sir Edward Youde Memorial Overseas Scholarships and Fellowships Scheme has been extended to embrace disabled students undertaking overseas studies, with one deaf student granted a scholarship to study in the United States. At the sending-off party for the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Overseas fellows and scholars 1994/95 last Wednesday, chairman of the memorial fund council, Legislative Councillor Ronald Arculli, congratulated the award winners, and wished them the very best in the future. The Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund was established in April 1987 with donations from the public, in memory of the late Hong Kong Governor. The purpose of the fund is to provide for and encourage the education or learning of, or research by, the people of Hong Kong. The Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowships and Scholarships for Overseas Studies is one of five major award schemes instituted and administrated by the council. The scheme is aimed at encouraging the achievement of scholastic excellence by Hong Kong students in overseas studies, leading to a postgraduate degree or undergraduate studies leading to a first degree. Twelve awards are offered every year for postgraduate and undergraduate studies. During the period 1987/88 to 1993/94, a total of 25 fellowships and 33 scholarships were granted. Many of the fellows and scholars have returned to contribute towards the betterment of Hong Kong.