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The Hong Kong Alumni Association Scholarship
In 2009, Cardiff University's Hong Kong Alumni Association set up an annual scholarship worth £1,200. The purpose of the scholarship is to reward excellence amongst Hong Kong domiciled students studying at undergraduate level at Cardiff University with the award being open to those students achieving First Class honours in first and/or second year exams.
The 2009/10 award was given to Sebastian Page, a final year BSc Business Management student at Cardiff Business School. Born and raised in Hong Kong to Welsh parents from Cardiff, in fact his grandfather is also an alumnus of Cardiff University who went on to become Director of Waterworks in Hong Kong.
Speaking of his appreciation for the scholarship, Sebastian said: "Being the first recipient of the Scholarship is a real honour for me. It has taken some of my financial concerns away, and I have been able to focus on my studies, and hopefully on securing a good career back in Hong Kong once I graduate."
The 2010/11 award was granted to Charity Yan.
She says, "A scholarship, in my opinion, is a long term investment in those with potential to exceed even the best of their abilities. I am a character of big dreams, desires and drive, but these qualities would not be meaningful if I were to only use them for my benefit. In such a capitalist and money driven world, it is easy often to focus too much on personal gains and less so on the well being of others; thus it is all the more important to remain conscious of the things we could do to counter this imbalance and offer what we have to those who have not."
The 2011/12 award was granted to Ka Lun (Jason) Chan (MEng, Mechanical Engineering).
Jason has been passionate about his subject since childhood, and as a teenager he built robots and won a number of prizes in maths challenges. "Engineering pushes back the limits of the possible," he says. He applied to do engineering at Cardiff because the School offered good facilities in a relaxed, sociable environment, and he aims to continue his studies after his initial degree. "This scholarship will allow me to enrich my experience in engineering, to travel and visit fascinating areas, and to read more books. It has relieved some of the financial pressure on me and my parents and I am very grateful – thank you."
The 2012/13 award was awarded to Siu Wai (Ben) Fong (MEng Civil Engineering).
'I realised a long time ago that high-quality infrastructures are key to improving quality of life, and following my earlier studies in China, I decided to study Engineering in Cardiff too. It is a great University. I particularly love Structural Analysis and Design, and recently won the 'Lloyds Register of Shipping Prize' for best overall performance in it. I've also been able to travel across Europe examining many different design structures
I'm very grateful for this scholarship: it relieved me of financial burden and really gave me a chance to enrich my knowledge and enhance my future career.'
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