“The Scholarship has made my dream of studying at Oxford come true,” said James Chan Kin-Sing, who is graduating with first class honours from the Bachelor of Journalism programme and was awarded a scholarship to study at the Oxford University commencing this autumn.

“I sincerely thank my donor, Dr Walter Kwok, for offering me such a prestigious scholarship at this important stage of my life, which will enable me to reach my educational goals,” said James.

“It allows me to join one of the best schools for government in the world, interact with over 60 cohorts coming from remarkably diverse backgrounds, and grow intellectually and personally in the coming year without any financial obstacles.”

The HKU/Oxford Walter Kwok Scholarship, funded by the Walter Kwok Foundation, is awarded to outstanding Chinese students from Hong Kong applying to Oxford’s 1-year Master of Public Policy programme. The Scholarship aims to reward university graduates who demonstrate exceptional academic merit. It provides a sum of approximately HK$590,000 to cover all tuition and college fees, along with living expenses in England.

Aside from academic achievement, James also cares about social causes; he was granted the HKU Class of 84 Social Inclusion Fund in 2012, along with three other university students, to found “We Care”, a non-government organisation that serves ethnic minorities and underprivileged domestic helpers in Hong Kong.

“I still remember that the interviewers of the scholarship were particularly interested in my work co-founding We Care,” said James.

“I believe university students should grab every opportunity to widen their horizons, initiate work to contribute to the community and take risk to realise their dreams.”

Applications for the Walter Kwok Scholarships for 2014-15 are now open; interested students can visit here for more details.

October 2013

Photo of James Chan
Photo of James Chan
Photo of James Chan