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HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund

HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund

 

With a view to attracting outstanding local students to advance their studies at home, and meritorious non-local students to pursue higher education opportunities in Hong Kong, the Government established in 2008 the $1 billion HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund (the Fund) to recognize outstanding local and non-local students.  Each academic year, the Government will distribute a sum of money, funded by the investment income generated from the Fund, to the nine institutions [the eight University Grants Committee-funded institutions and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA)] offering full-time publicly-funded programmes at degree or above levels.  The scholarship is $40,000 per year for local students and $80,000 per year for non-local students.  In 2011, the Government injected $250 million into the Fund to extend the benefit to students of full-time publicly-funded sub-degree programmes offered by five institutions (City University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Institute of Education, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKAPA and the Vocational Training Council) from 2011/12 academic year onwards.  The scholarship award for these sub-degree students is between $20,000 to $30,000 per year for both local and non-local students. 

 

Starting from the 2012/13 academic year, up to ten targeted scholarships have been offered to first-year non-local full-time students from ASEAN countries, India and Korea, who are enrolled in publicly-funded degree programmes in Hong Kong.  Starting from 2016/17, up to ten additional scholarship would be made available for first-year Indonesian students to pursue full-time study in publicly-funded degree programmes in Hong Kong.  The scholarship is tenable for the normal duration of the programme concerned and renewable annually subject to satisfactory academic performance of the awardees.  Enquiries about the Hong Kong Scholarship for “Belt and Road” Students should be directed to the Education Bureau at hksbr@edb.gov.hk.

 

  

Selection Criteria

 

In deciding if a student who applies for the above scholarships should be awarded, the institutions take the following qualities into consideration –


Students of full-time publicly-funded degree or above level programmes
(a) excellent performance in academic studies;
(b) recognized contribution to the institution/society;
(c) demonstrated leadership and good communication skills; and
(d) strong commitment to the Hong Kong community.

 

Students of full-time publicly-funded sub-degree programmes
(a) high standard of academic performance;
(b) demonstration of leadership and good communication skills;
(c) valuable contribution to the institution/community; and/or
(d) strong commitment to the Hong Kong community.

 


Number of Awardees and Amount Awarded

Degree and above level Students

Academic Year 

Number of Awardees

Amount Awarded

2008/09

230

$12 Million

2009/10

441

$24 Million

2010/11

514

$29 Million

2011/12

514

$29 Million

2012/13

720

$43 Million

2013/14

853

$50 Million

2014/15

882

$51 Million

 Sub-degree Students

Academic Year 

Number of Awardees

Amount Awarded

2011/12

143

$3 Million

2012/13

421

$9 Million

2013/14

555

$12 Million

2014/15

565

$12 Million

 

 

The Hong Kong, China-APEC Scholarship

 

 Starting from 2014/15 academic year, non-local recipients of the HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund originate from APEC member economies are awarded the “Hong Kong, China-APEC Scholarship” to support and carry forward the APEC Scholarship Initiative which aims to promote the creation of privately and publicly funded APEC-branded scholarship, training, and internship opportunities to benefit students and professionals, especially youth and women from developing APEC economies.  An introduction of the APEC Scholarship Initiative can be found at http://education.apec.org/.

 

 

 

Talent Development Scholarship and Reaching Out Award

 

In 2012, the government further injected $1 billion into the Fund, and two new scholarships and awards, namely the Talent Development Scholarship (TDS)  and Reaching Out Award (ROA)  have been established in 2012/13 academic year to benefit a wider range of students not only with outstanding academic performance, but also achievements and talents in other non-academic fields.

 

The Talent Development Scholarship (TDS) aims to give recognition to students who have demonstrated achievements or talent in non-academic areas and provide support for these students to further develop their talent and potential.  It will be offered to students enrolled in full-time publicly-funded programmes at sub-degree or above levels who have demonstrated talent or potential in (a) Sports and games; (b) Music and performing arts; (c) Culture, arts and design; or (d) Innovation, science and technology.

  

 

The Reaching Out Award (ROA) aims to support meritorious students enrolled in full-time publicly-funded programmes at sub-degree or above levels to participate in learning, internship or service programmes, as well as national, regional and international events and competitions that are conducted outside Hong Kong and organised/endorsed by institutions. Some examples of activities and sharing of the recipients can be found here.

 

The amount of each award for TDS and ROA is set at $10,000 for both degree or above and sub-degree students, irrespective of whether they are local or non-local students.

 

 

Endeavour Merit Award

   

In 2013, the government injected another $20 million into the Fund to set up the Endeavour Merit Award (EMA) in the 2013/14 academic year to give recognition to deserving post-secondary students with special educational needs (SEN) in the pursuit of excellence in academic and other areas.  The amount of each award for both local and non-local students pursuing publicly-funded sub-degree and degree or above level programmes is pitched at $10,000.

 

* SEN includes specific learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder, physical disability, visual impairment, hearing impairment, speech and language impairment, and others.

 

 

 

Links to Participating Institutions

 

For further information on this scholarship as well as other scholarships provided by the various institutions, please refer to the links below –

 

City University of Hong Kong

http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sds/sch/index.html

 

Hong Kong Baptist University

http://sa.hkbu.edu.hk/campus/scholarships.html 

 

Lingnan University

http://www.ln.edu.hk/ssc/campuslife/scholarship/prize/index.html

 

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

http://www5.cuhk.edu.hk/oafa/index.php/scholarships

 

The Hong Kong Institute of Education

http://www.ied.edu.hk/sao/eng/view.php?id=13&sec=Scholarships

 

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

http://www.polyu.edu.hk/sao/services/3-5_scholarship.htm#prize

 

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

http://sfao.ust.hk/scholarships/index.html

 

The University of Hong Kong

http://www.scholarships.hku.hk/Scholarships

 

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

http://www.hkapa.edu/about/support-services/sao/student-financial-services/

 

The Vocational Training Council

http://www.vtc.edu.hk/studyat/html/en/programmes/s7_scholarships_and_award_schemes.html

 


A Leaflet on Information on Government Scholarship Awards for Tertiary Students in Hong Kong can be found here.

 

 

Other Information

 

 

Budgets and Annual Reports

Annual Budgets (2008 - 2014)

 

Annual report on scholarship distribution (2008-12)

Annual report on scholarship distribution (2012-13)

Annual report on scholarship distribution (2013-14)

 

 

 

Audited Statement of Accounts of the Fund

For the year ended 31 August 2015

For the year ended 31 August 2014 

For the year ended 31 August 2013

For the year ended 31 August 2012

For the year ended 31 August 2011

For the year ended 31 August 2010

For the year ended 31 August 2009

For the year ended 31 August 2008

 

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