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The 2020 Hong Kong Association of University Women (HKAUW) Scholarship Presentation Ceremony was held online on 14 August 2021. Two APSS students, Ms Winkie LAU (currently, a BASW Year 3 student) and Ms Carmen YAU (MSW graduate; currently a PhD student), received awards from HKAUW for their academic achievements and excellence in community service. Winkie received the Undergraduate Scholarship, while Carmen received the Postgraduate Scholarship.

 

Let us hear from the two award-winning students:

 

Carmen YAU: “Disability is Not a Stigma”

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This scholarship has changed the way I see and present myself. In the past, I started with “Hi, I’m Carmen. I have spinal muscular atrophy. Yes, I’m disabled. I am a disabled advocate.” Over the past couple of years, I have been a radio host of RTHK Radio 1, a committee member of the Equal Opportunities Commission, and the chairperson of the Association of Women with Disabilities Hong Kong. Disability was part of my identity, but now, I can’t just play the disability card since receiving this award.

 

This scholarship helps me connect with my identity as a woman and a novice in academia, who is studying disability, sexuality and social media in the social work discipline. This award encourages me to continue to stretch my mind, heart and arms to bridge the gap between the disability community and academia.

 

Winning this award would not have been possible without the support and inspiration I have received from my teachers, my collaborators and my peers, for whom I have the deepest respect and from whom I have derived the strength to challenge myself and perform better at each stage of my life. Disability is not a stigma - it has a unique vision and mission. I would like to make a special mention to Dr CHAN Chitat and Dr Jenny HUI, who have been my mentors throughout my journey as a social work researcher and practitioner.

 

I am determined to make the best of all opportunities presented to me, and to rise to the challenges that I will encounter in my lifetime. Through a series of personal and academic obstacles, I have emerged as a much stronger person than I could have ever imagined.

 

Winkie LAU: “Life Enlightens Life”

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I am very honoured to be one of the awardees of the 2020 HKAUW Undergraduate Scholarship!

 

As a social work student, I am keen on exploring the society and building closer bonds with people from all walks of life. The BASW programme has definitely equipped me with a multi-dimensional perspective and transformed me into a reflective practitioner. With a holistic mindset, I am able to realise the connections behind people’s choices and actions. This helps me plan for actionable steps to help people in need.

 

“Life enlightens life”. Committed to being a social worker in the future, I will continue to spread love and kindness to help the vulnerable in society. Thanks to APSS for inspiring me to become a caring and responsible person who brings positivity to the world.

 

About HKAUW Scholarships

HKAUW offers scholarships to female university students at local tertiary institutions in recognition of their academic achievement and participation in community services. In this year alone, 17 university students have been awarded HKAUW Scholarships.