Hong Kong alumni community commits to transformational scholarship

With the world currently facing some of its largest issues, it is more important than ever to invest in young people and equip them to deal with the challenges of the future.

Recognising this need, several Monash University alumni in Hong Kong have launched the third Hong Kong Alumni Scholarship. Already 75% of the required funding has been committed.

First established in 2016, each alumni-led scholarship has a total value of $260,000 over four years. It’s available to disadvantaged students who are academically bright, show leadership potential, and have been actively involved in supporting their community.

Kristy Lin & Margaret Gardner
Kristy Lin is the inaugural recipient of the HK Alumni Scholarship. She is now in her final year of law at Monash. Here she is, pictured with Vice-Chancellor Margaret Gardner.

The scholarship enables students undertake a life-changing educational experience at Monash University’s campuses in Melbourne. Funding covers tuition, accommodation, stipends and return flights home.

So far two students have been awarded the scholarship – Kristy Lin and Chor Kiu (Chorky) Cheung.

Kristy, who was raised in a public housing estate in Hong Kong, says the scholarship has made an incredible difference to her future and will help her “break free from cross-generation poverty.”

“'I believe we thrive on challenges and learn from the process,” she shares. “I am most grateful for the opportunity to study at Monash and all other experiences, as it has helped me become a more sustained, independent and well-rounded individual by allowing me to develop to my potential.”

You can support disadvantaged students in Hong Kong

Monash University acknowledges the following alumni for their incredible contribution at these trying times:

  • Mr Joseph Chan
  • Ms Theresa Chan
  • Miss Grace Yen
  • Miss Kathleen Ng
  • Mr Teddy Hung
  • Mr Timothy Sze
  • Ms Geraldine Johns-Putra

Joseph Chan and Theresa Chan are also members of the Monash Global Leaders' Network Advisory Committee in Hong Kong, and have been championing this incredible initiative since last year.

In fact, Joseph Chan has been closely involved ever since the development of the first Hong Kong Alumni Scholarship in 2015, and says that the learning experience at Monash wasn’t confined to its lecture theatres.

“It’s more than a university education. Monash students learn lifelong skills like how to be independent and develop their critical thinking and cross-cultural competence,” Mr Chan says.

As for Theresa Chan, she believes that the current circumstance means youth who are capable but are financially disadvantaged are in need of support more than ever.

“I’m grateful to the Monash education and experience, and believe it’s a responsibility to serve the community and give back. It's my wish to see how we could collectively come together and realise the dream of Hong Kong’s youth through education”. As explained by Ms Chan.

We would like to invite the wider alumni community to help fund the remaining 25% of the scholarship. Together we can realise this opportunity for the next generation.

Please type ‘HK Alumni Scholarship’ in the ‘My gift preferences’ section of the form. This will ensure your gift is directed to the Hong Kong alumni scholarship. Your gift will make a lasting impact.

For further details please email Ziqiao Chen, Development Coordinator International on ziqiao.chen@monash.edu