Link University Scholarship, Link’s signature youth empowerment programme, awards Hong Kong students who are the first among three generations of their families to attend universities. Each of 190 students receives the $20,000 scholarship this year. Link introduced this non-means-tested scholarship in 2015 and has donated $15 million in total in 750 scholarships.
Nicholas Allen, Chairman of Link Asset Management Limited said, “We are delighted to support 190 young talents with academic excellence and enthusiasm about community and volunteer services. At Link, we believe that by encouraging students to actively participate in the community services, they can make a positive impact to the society. Link aims to widen the horizon and exposure of our scholars through various community engagement and internship opportunities.”
The Link University Scholarship is open to students from year one to year four. Nearly 800 applications were received this year from local secondary schools and universities. Applicants were shortlisted by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) according to their academic results and social services track record. More than 300 applicants were invited to a group interview in September. They were assessed based on four criteria: Leadership and Proactivity, Teamwork and Communications, Logical Reasoning and Presentation, and Social Services Participation. The group interview was chaired by a panel of judges, comprising 33 representatives from the HKSAR Government and related bodies, education sectors, media, non-governmental organisations, HKCSS and Link.
Link University Scholarship is part of the Link Together Initiatives, the flagship charity and community engagement programme of Link. Since its inception in 2013, the programme has earmarked $75.5 million to support projects with about 7.8 million beneficiaries in the community.