This year, four HKU students were awarded the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) Scholarship in recognition of their academic performance and commitment to serving the community.
The Scholarship recipients are outstanding students from different disciplines and backgrounds, yet they all share one common characteristic: passion in serving the community. "We hope the Scholars will follow the Club's spirit in giving back to society and contributing to the community. And therefore, apart from academic ability, we put a high emphasis on their passion towards community service," said the HKJC Chairman Dr Simon Ip Sik-On.
"It was a roller-coaster decision when I chose Music as my major. It had been in my mind for years that I would be a businessman; everything changed after I joined a volunteer programme teaching children from low-income families. This very contradiction with a business setting made me realise the power of music to bring joy to a person. Ever since then, I have aspired to become a conductor so that I can fulfil my dream of letting everyone know and get into music. I would also like to establish a music school and fund for the underprivileged," said Li Ka-Chi (BA, Year3).
Marco Zhenji Van-Boswell (MBBS, Year 2) also actively contributes to community service as a medical student. "I have received accolades from medical volunteering programmes but the real reward is knowing that the time I devoted might have brightened up the days of those in need. Apart from financial support, the Scholarship also provides me with a platform to interact more with passionate individuals who are committed to serving the community."
The HKJC Scholarship Scheme was established by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust in 1998. To date, the Scholarship has been awarded to over 400 students in Hong Kong. It is hoped that the Scholars will make good use of their diverse backgrounds and expertise to serve the community. It is also believed that their enthusiasm will help to promote the spirit of volunteerism, philanthropy and commitment to the community.
Dr Simon Ip Sik-On (front 5th left), Chairman of the HKJC, management of the HKJC and university representatives, together with recipients of the HKJC Scholarship Scheme.