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The D. H. Chen Foundation Scholarship Program

  • initiate
  • catalyst for collaboration
  • impact
  • year
    Established in 2015
  • location
    Hong Kong
  • partners
    CUHK, PolyU, HKUST, HKU, Oxford
  • beneficiaries
    University students
  • no of beneficiaries
    22 per year
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Investing Today, Impacting Tomorrow

Stemming from a strong belief in the power of education to effect change, the Foundation has established a diversity of scholarship/bursary schemes to support local university students to pursue their study. The various schemes have benefited nearly 500 local university students to date and are continuing to benefit more:

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
•  D. H. Chen Foundation Scholarship (MBA Program)
•  D. H. Chen Foundation Student Bursaries and Loans
•  D. H. Chen Foundation Scholarships (Faculty of Medicine)

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
•  D. H. Chen Foundation Bursary

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
•  The D. H. Chen Foundation Life Science Scholarship

Shue Yan University
•  Dr. D. H. Chen Foundation Service Scholarships

While the financial support offered by the different schemes has been fundamental to our scholars’ studies in the past years, we believe that a Scholarship program can also bring about tremendous personal, professional and social benefits.

We also believe that many brilliant young people in Hong Kong are full of extraordinary talent and social aspiration, and they are constantly searching for inspirations and opportunities to realize their potential and become active contributors to the community.

  • Migrant Outreach and Education Initiative (MOEI) Cambodia Programme at Faculty of Social Sciences, HKU. Photo credit: The University of Hong Kong

  • HKU Mentorship Programme. Photo credit: The University of Hong Kong

  • Photo credit: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

  • Copyright © Oxford University Images / John Cairns Photography - All rights reserved.

  • Copyright © Oxford University Images / John Cairns Photography - All rights reserved.

Premised on these beliefs, the Foundation established the whole new The D. H. Chen Foundation Scholarship Program (the “Scholarship Program”) in 2015, a milestone initiative investing in deserving students who will combine their intellect and humanitarian ethos of social service to drive impact for a better tomorrow. Choosing among Hong Kong’s brightest scholars and collaborating with some of the most prestigious universities, the Scholarship Program will award 22 Scholarships in total annually starting from 2016/17, aiming to nurture, empower and connect promising, visionary and insightful leaders for Hong Kong. 

The Scholarship Program offers comprehensive financial support during the Scholars’ full-course of study, ensuring that they are well-supported to pursue different academic, personal and professional goals.

In addition, a diversity of distinctive features will also be offered to foster our Scholars’ social awareness and engagement:

  • 1

    Social service exposure: a range of social service opportunities will be offered to encourage our Scholars to apply their well-earned knowledge and skills to serve the community;

  • 2

    Mentorship: respectable leaders of different professions with outstanding social service accomplishments will share their personal stories with our Scholars to enhance their philanthropic aspirations;

  • 3

    Scholars network: various networking and leadership development programs will be organized to enable our Scholars to stay connected, engaged and inspired; and

  • 4

    Annual award dinner: an award dinner will be hosted to unite our Scholars with distinguished guests, celebrating their remarkable achievements.

  • The comprehensive Scholarship Program combines nurturing of local future leaders and participation in community services. Not only does it provide the awardees with financial support for undergraduate studies, but it also offers opportunities for whole-person development and, more importantly, community services for helping others.

    Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung
    President and Vice-Chancellor
    The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • The D. H. Chen Foundation Scholarship provides students with unique opportunities to enrich their learning experience and unleash their potential to bring about positive social change. I believe this Scholarship will help us better nurture the next generation of all-round leaders with a strong sense of social responsibility.

    Professor Timothy W. Tong
    President
    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

  • The D. H. Chen Foundation Scholarship is a resourceful Scholarship Program with a comprehensive range of holistic education components, nurturing thoughtful and visionary leaders for our better tomorrow.

    Professor Tony F. Chan
    President
    The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

  • With their enthusiasm and natural ability to lead, the future leaders nurtured through this collaborative scholarship scheme will be able to meet their fullest potential and contribute wholly to the betterment of society and the world at large.

    Professor Peter Mathieson
    President and Vice-Chancellor
    The University of Hong Kong

  • The D. H. Chen Foundation and Oxford are united by a shared ambition. We aim to increase the opportunities and support available to bright young students, helping them realise their potential regardless of their background or financial circumstances. Our ground-breaking scholarship programme will allow talented students from Hong Kong to study here, and take full advantage of all that Oxford has to offer.

    Professor Louise Richardson
    Vice Chancellor
    The University of Oxford

Scholarship Program for Local Undergraduate Students

20 full scholarships will be awarded to outstanding undergraduate students at four local universities, namely The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and The University of Hong Kong, offering our Scholars a unique opportunity to optimize their university experience, broaden their global perspectives and strengthen their commitment to serve.

The Scholarship covers tuition fee, living allowance and an exchange allowance which supports our Scholars to gain overseas exposure. And to give our Scholars unique recognition, a Vice-chancellor roundtable event will be arranged at each participating university so that they can share and reflect on their accomplishments and challenges.

  • The Scholarship offers my daughter many unique opportunities in enriching her learning, leadership and service experience that nurtures her to become a more capable and benevolent person. It provides resourceful support to all the Scholars to develop their potentials and actualize their aspirations for driving social good.

    Amy Leung

    Mother of Vivian Lo, PolyU

  • To the Scholars, being awarded The D. H. Chen Foundation Scholarship is not only a form of recognition, but also a motivation for them to soar to greater heights. I hope this serves as an encouragement, as well as a constant reminder for them to serve the society, especially the underprivileged, with a grateful heart.

    Eva Weng

    Mother of Yuki Ip, HKU

  • There is a wise saying from a Thirukkural – an ancient Indian literary work that expounds the truth of life. “The duty of the father towards his children is to give a head start in knowledge over the best of scholars.” The Foundation with no exaggeration is like a father organization supporting young scholars. I thank the Foundation for the trust and encouragement given to the Scholars to achieve their best and contribute to the community.

    Jayashree Sambamurthy

    Mother of Vikram Sambamurthy, HKUST

  • I thank The D. H. Chen Foundation for supporting Queenie to further realize her potential overseas. I look eagerly forward to her return from Oxford and her contribution to Hong Kong thereupon.

    Li Kwok Fai

    Father of Queenie Li, Oxford

  • As parents of one of The D. H. Chen Foundation Scholars, I and my wife are extremely grateful to the Foundation for bringing this very well thought out, comprehensive scholarship program into reality and success. It creates an opportunity and network for these future leaders, who will emerge year after year, to get together, interact and join hands to contribute and give back to society in the long run.

    Philip Cheng
    Father of Chester Cheng, CUHK

Scholarship Program at the University of Oxford ("Oxford")

Two full undergraduate scholarships will be awarded to exceptional Hong Kong students demonstrating excellent academic merits who may be prevented from pursuing an education at Oxford due to financial barriers. These history-first means-tested scholarships at Oxford will provide funding for tuition fees, college fees, living costs and an internship allowance which enables the Scholar to undertake an internship anywhere in the world. We believe that by offering our Scholars these life-changing opportunities, they will soar high and reach wide, dreaming the impossible dream.

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