116 CUHK students awarded Link University Scholarship
116 undergraduate students from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) were awarded the Link University Scholarship 2022/23 in recognition of their outstanding academic studies and community service achievements. This year, 220 awardees were selected from more than 2,000 applicants in the 11 universities in Hong Kong, and CUHK students account for more than half of them.
This is the fifth consecutive year that more than half of the scholarship awardees have come from CUHK. Professor Rocky S. Tuan, CUHK Vice-Chancellor and President, said, “CUHK is most grateful for the generous support from Link, and we are most proud of the outstanding performance of our students. The scholarships have not only helped students and their families relieve financial burden, but also motivated them to excel in their studies, participate in social services, as well as expand their horizons by going on overseas exchange.”
Jason Sit Ka-chun, a year-four student majoring in Biochemistry, has been awarded the Scholarship for four consecutive years. He has long wanted to become a doctor, but sadly failed to admit to medicine programme due to a one-mark lag in his DSE results. Now, he has applied to local medical schools to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. Jason said, “A doctor saved my father’s life when he was sent to hospital due to a bacterial infection 10 years ago. And I witnessed how doctors rescue patients when I was a Form six student, volunteering at United Christian Hospital. These experiences inspired me to want to become a doctor and help patients. Although I don’t come from a privileged family, my parents always support me. It has been my pleasure to obtain a couple of scholarships to support my study, and my work as a part-time tutor has also helped reduce my parents’ financial burden. I have been studying hard and hope that my dream will come true soon.”
Another recipient, Eva So Yong-yin, a year-four student of Psychology, has a better understanding of mental health through internships and participation in different activities during her four-year university life. She found that bias and prejudice arise when we label others but don’t get to know them. Education is a crucial solution to this problem. She helped design a board game aiming to fight against micro-discrimination. After drawing cards, players have to role-play characters such as new immigrants or people who struggle with gender stereotypes, to understand the micro-discrimination behaviours and challenges these minorities face in their daily lives. The purpose is to raise public awareness of the harmfulness of discrimination in actions and words.
Eva is very grateful to have received the Link University Scholarship for four consecutive years. “For a student like me, the scholarship enabled me to focus on my studies and dare to explore more possibilities. It also affirmed my efforts in academics and social services during the four years of university.”