Hong Kong musician Serrini sets up scholarship for HKU art students

  • Five full-time local Bachelor of Arts students in their second year or above will be awarded HK$10,000 each
  • The HKU alumni, who has previously received scholarships, wants to help outstanding undergraduates develop their full potential
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The 31-year-old singer-songwriter has received scholarships during her time at HKU, and recently got her doctorate in comparative literature. Photo: SCMP/Edmond So

Hong Kong’s popular singer-songwriter Serruria Leung Ka-yan has set up a scholarship for the University of Hong Kong (HKU) students who actively participate in music, sports and other artistic pursuits.

Leung, better known as Serrini, won a silver award in the female singer of the year category at ViuTV’s music awards in April. Her hits include Internet Security Threat, Kowloon Blondie Ling and Don’t Text Him.

Leung will be offering up to five scholarships a year, at HK$10,000 each.

The independent musician started out recording folk songs in her bedroom, and has grown in popularity in recent years. Photo: Facebook

“It is just a small amount of money that aims to bring a little happiness to undergraduate students in the new school year,” she wrote on her Facebook page earlier this week, adding that she would contribute even more funds to the scholarship next year.

Leung obtained her doctorate in comparative literature from HKU this year.

According to HKU’s website, the scholarship will be awarded annually to full-time local Bachelor of Arts students in their second year or above. They need to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher.

They must also have “other attributes such as but not limited to demonstrated leadership abilities, active participation in community service, mastery in areas such as sports, music or artistic pursuits or other non-academic achievements”.

HKU’s Development and Alumni Affairs Office told Young Post that Leung had also received scholarships during her time at HKU.

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“Serrini found the scholarships very helpful in different aspects of her life, so she decided to establish a scholarship to help other students develop their full potential,” the office said.

HKU’s faculty of arts would run the screening and interview process for the singer’s scholarship, the office added.

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