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Gaining a chance to excel 

PolyU’s scholarship and bursary schemes help students fulfill their promise

PolyU’s students come from diverse backgrounds, and the University strives to encourage students to chase their dreams and recognise their achievements in academic, sports and other areas. Generous donations from private organisations, businesses and individuals along with government funds enable PolyU to offer various forms of scholarships and prizes to award excellence, and bursaries to those who need them.

There could be no better way of learning about how academic scholarships help PolyU’s leaders of tomorrow than hearing some of their stories. Take Cindy Chan Ho-yee, for instance. She is recipient of the D. H. Chen Foundation Scholarship between 2015/16 and 2018/19, and also the Most Outstanding PolyU Student 2018 award. The scholarship provided her with both financial support and opportunities to take part in social service projects and overseas exchanges in the UK and Taiwan.

Cindy’s story was initially one of tragedy. The loss of her grandmother affected her greatly, inducing emotional breakdown and hospitalisation, and she was unable to continue her studies in London. Yet, she reflected,

My family and the medical team from hospital never gave up on me. Nor did I. After I was discharged, I embarked on a gap period of two years. I took up multiple internships to obtain hands-on skills, but I knew that getting a degree was crucial.
Academic-Chan Ho Yee
Most Outstanding PolyU Student 2018

Cindy Chan Ho-yee


In 2015 she received an offer from PolyU to return to her design studies, and her time at the University was what she called “life-changing”.

At PolyU, Cindy started a design research group, the School of Design Open Ideas, that encouraged students to consider social issues. The project was a success and had widespread media coverage. Cindy then developed another initiative, Deep Food, to create “experimental food design projects that promote food as a medium of thought with an Asian perspective”. She said looking back, the four years at PolyU was an incredible experience of learning and growing with peers. The opportunity to take part in social services also gave her a better picture of what she could do to serve community and make positive impacts.

PolyU students can also benefit from sports scholarships awarded at entry if they have reached an international level of performance in their sporting areas. Ng Yan-kin, a Year 1 student in the BSc (Hons) in Hotel Management programme at the School of Hotel and Tourism Management and the University’s Swimming Team captain, explained that the scholarship “enabled me to concentrate on both study and sports. It motivated me to work harder and continue to pursue excellence”.

To give another example of the transformative power of community generosity, the PolyU Bursary Scheme helps students who cannot cover their study and living expenses themselves or with government aid. By alleviating their financial concerns, students can concentrate on their studies and personal development.

Tsoi Wan-fei, a Year 5 student in the BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing programme, commented that “thanks to the bursary, my family could get through their financial crisis. The bursary enabled me to focus on my clinical placement and learning without worries. I will work hard to become a good nurse.”

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Publishing date: December 2019

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