Cheung Kong Scholarship Essay

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 Education University of Hong Kong, 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.  Enquiries about the Fund should be directed to the Education Bureau at hkgsf@edb.gov.hk.

 

Since the 2012/13 academic year, up to ten targeted scholarships have been offered each year 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. Up to ten additional scholarships are offered to first-year non-local students from Indonesia and Malaysia starting, respectively, from 2016/17 and 2018/19 for pursuing full-time studies in publicly-funded degree programmes in Hong Kong. In addition, starting from 2017/18, new scholarships funded by private donations are made available to students from selected countries/regions along the Belt and Road. These scholarships are tenable for the normal duration of the programmes concerned and renewable annually subject to satisfactory academic performance of the awardees. Enquiries 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/or
(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

710

$42 Million

2013/14

834

$47 Million

2014/15

854

$47 Million

2015/16

865

$47 Million

2016/17

869

$48 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

564

$12 Million

2015/16

568

$12 Million

2016/17

570

$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/scholarships

 

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

http://www.oafa.cuhk.edu.hk/sfas/scholarships-financial-aid/introduction

 

The Education University of Hong Kong

https://www.eduhk.hk/sao/?p=213

 

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

https://sfao.ust.hk

 

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

 


More information on studying in Hong Kong and Government scholarship awards for tertiary students in Hong Kong can be found at http://www.studyinhongkong.edu.hk.

 

 

Other Information

 

 

Budgets and Annual Reports

Annual Budgets (2008 - 2017)

 

Annual report on scholarship distribution (2008-12)

Annual report on scholarship distribution (2012-13)

Annual report on scholarship distribution (2013-14)

Annual report on scholarship distribution (2014-15)

Annual report on scholarship distribution (2015-16) 

 

Audited Statement of Accounts of the Fund

For the year ended 31 August 2008

For the year ended 31 August 2009 

For the year ended 31 August 2010 

For the year ended 31 August 2011

For the year ended 31 August 2012

For the year ended 31 August 2013

For the year ended 31 August 2014

For the year ended 31 August 2015

For the year ended 31 August 2016

Merit-Based Scholarship Programs

INTRODUCTION 

The Board of Governors of The ISF Academy has established a Merit-Based Scholarship Program to encourage our students to strive for excellence in their chosen passions, be it in academics, the arts, sports, or other areas. This scholarship program provides for a fee remission of 50% to 100% of the annual tuition fee and, in the case of the Special Talent Scholarship, an annual allowance is also provided.

 The objectives of this program are:  

  • to encourage and motivate our students to strive for academic excellence and a balanced development; and
  • to acknowledge our students’ achievements and efforts, particularly in the areas of leadership, contribution to the Academy community, as well as in their academic studies.

As this program is separate and distinct from the Financial Aid Program, students who qualify and receive an ISF Academy Scholarship may also apply for Financial Aid.

Students who are presently studying in the Academy as well as transfer students are eligible to apply for these scholarships. The Scholarship Selection Committee does not distinguish between existing and transfer students in its deliberations.

Meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee the award of a scholarship. The award of the scholarship is at the sole discretion of the Academy. In the case of the Amy Li Chong Yuet-Ming Scholarship, it is at the sole discretion of the scholarship donor. 


SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE AND ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Our scholarships are open to all students who:

  • exhibit exemplary conduct;
  • uphold the vision and mission of the Academy; and
  • meet the requirements for the scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded in the year prior to the applicable year, i.e. students in Grade 5 apply for a scholarship that will be applicable for their Grade 6 year. 


The ISF Academy Academic Scholarship

 Key Features

  • Scholarships are available in each grade for Grade 6 to 12 students.
  • Awards the recipient with a 50% fee remission of the annual tuition each year for their remaining years as a student of The ISF Academy subject to an annual review. There is no reduction in the Capital Levy.
  • Scholarship recipients who withdraw from ISF without sufficient notice will be charged full 100% amount of fees in lieu of notice.

 Eligibility

  • Students with outstanding academic achievements in the past three years. (Please note that more emphasis is placed on the more recent school reports)
    • Non-ISF Academy students are academically in the top 10% in their existing school.
    • ISF Academy students should achieve a Commitment to Learning grade of at least “4” for each individual subject and obtain the following grades in the two years prior to their application:
      • In Primary, an average of at least “5.2” out of “7” in each of the following subjects English, Chinese, English Mathematics, Chinese Mathematics, English Guided Discovery, and Chinese Guided Discovery;
      • In Grade 6 to 10, students should generally be achieving at least ISF Magna Cum Laude on their reports (top 10% of their class) in their MYP and non-MYP subjects with no subject scoring less than a “4”; and
      • In Grade 11, at least 36 points out of the total score of 42 points (excluding Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay bonus points).
  • To remain on the scholarship for subsequent years, students must:
    • continue to remain in excellent academic standing/commitment to learning;
    • contribute to the Academy community; and
    • serve as a role model for the student body.

Click here for The ISF Academy Academic Scholarship Application Form.


The ISF Academy Special Talent Scholarship

 Key Features

  • Scholarships are available in each grade for Grade 6 to 12 students.
  • Awards the recipient with a 50% fee remission of the annual tuition each year for their remaining years as a student of The ISF Academy subject to an annual review. There is no reduction in the Capital Levy.
  • Awards the recipient with an annual HK$5,000 training and competition allowance.
  • Scholarship recipients who withdraw from ISF without sufficient notice will be charged full 100% amount of fees in lieu of notice.

 Eligibility

  • Demonstrate excellence in a sport, an art, or any other area. Excellence varies from talent to talent and the Scholarship Selection Committee will take the uniqueness of each talent into account when considering the application. Having a clear plan for the ongoing development of this special talent (e.g. through training and/or competition) is an important factor in the application process.
  • Students with good academic achievements in the past three years (Please note that more emphasis is placed on the more recent school reports):
    • Non-ISF Academy students are academically in the top 20% in their current school.
    • ISF Academy students should achieve a Commitment to Learning grade of at least “4” for each individual subject and obtain the following grades in the two years prior to their application:
      • In Primary, an average of at least “5.2” out of “7” in three out of the following six subjects English, Chinese, English Mathematics, Chinese Mathematics, English Guided Discovery, and Chinese Guided Discovery;
      • In Grade 6 to 10, students should generally be achieving ISF Honors (top 20% in their class) on their report in their MYP and non-MYP subjects with no subject scoring less than a “4”; and
      • In Grade 11, at least 32 points out of the total score of 42 points (excluding Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay bonus points).
  • To remain on the scholarship, students must: 
    • continue to excel in relevant competitions/exhibitions/performances, etc.;
    • continue to remain in good academic standing and commitment to learning grades as stated above; and
    • serve as a role model for the student body.

Click here for The ISF Academy Special Talent Scholarship Application Form.


The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) Scholarship

Key Features

  • Up to five two-year IB DP Scholarships are available for Grade 10 students. Applicants in Grade 11 may also apply for a one-year IB DP Scholarship if any remains available;

  • The scholarship provides the recipient with:
    • 100% fee remission of the annual tuition fee for the two-year IB DP in Grade 11 and 12; and
    • a waiver from the Capital Contribution Scheme in Grade 11 and 12 for transfer students.
  • Scholarship recipients who withdraw from ISF without sufficient notice will be charged full 100% amount of fees in lieu of notice.

Eligibility

  • Students with outstanding academic achievements in the past three years. (Please note that more emphasis is placed on the more recent school reports)
    • Non-ISF Academy students are academically in the top 5% in their current school.
    • ISF Academy students must achieve a Commitment to Learning grade of at least “4” for each individual subject and obtain the following grades in the two years prior to their application:
      • In Grade 8 to 10, generally achieving ISF Summa Cum Laude (top 5% in their class) on their report / an average of at least “6.3” (out of “7”) in their MYP and non-MYP subjects with no subject scoring less than a “4”; 
      • In Grade 11, at least 38 points out of the total score of 42 points (excluding Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay bonus points).
  • To remain on the scholarship, students must:
    • continue to remain in excellent academic standing/Commitment to Learning; and
    • contribute to the community;
    • serve as a role model for the student body.

Click here for The ISF Academy International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Scholarship Application Form.


The Amy Li Chong Yuet-Ming Scholarships for University Students

 Key Features

  • Maximum of three university undergraduate scholarships to be awarded annually;
  • A maximum allowance of HK$500,000 to be granted over the course of the undergraduate degree. The allowance may be used to cover tuition, and board and lodging expenses;
  • Awarded at the start of the applicable academic year; and
  • Valid for any university in the world endorsed by the Scholarship Selection Committee.

Eligibility

  • A Grade 12 student of The ISF Academy;
  • Student must receive admission (which may or may not be conditional) for full time study at an accredited university with degree granting programs in the year of graduation from The ISF Academy;
  • Academic and personal qualities of the candidate starting from Grade 9 will be taken into consideration in the assessment;
  • Student must have a minimum predicted IB Diploma score of 40 out of 45 (or 37 out of 42 if bonus points are included);
    • Student should have proven leadership qualities and be involved in non-curricular activities and community service;
    • Student should demonstrate qualities and conduct that reflect the ethos of the Eight Virtues + One;
    • Student should demonstrate a high level of Putonghua-English biculturalism and biculturalism.

Click here for The Amy Li Chong Yuet-Ming Scholarship Application Form.


SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROCEDURE

  1. Please obtain the Scholarship Application form from the Academy website.

  2. Deadline for the submission of forms:
    • Applications for the university scholarship must be submitted before Thursday, December 14, 2017; and
    • Applications for the Grade 6 to 12 scholarships must be submitted before Friday, January 5, 2018. Transfer students who miss the January deadline may contact the Admissions Office.
  3. Notification of results:
    • Applicants for the University scholarship will be notified in June; and 
    • Applicants for the Grade 6 to 12 scholarships will be notified before the end of March 2018.
  4. Scholarship recipients who withdraw from ISF without sufficient notice will be charged full 100% amount of fees in lieu of notice.

 

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