The Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC) Scholarship Fund was set up in 2001 in response to this dilemna: what to do when a student is brilliant, but simply cannot afford to further his education? Books, school fees, dorm fees, all these things cost. This is where the Scholarship comes in. It provides financial assistance to students from low-income families to attend university or other associate degrees. These students come from the Po Leung Kuk (PLK) system, young people who were brought up at the orphanage or are from the Po Leung Kuk schools, which has 122 educational organizations spread out in the poorest areas of Hong Kong. The screening of scholarship candidates is done through recommendations from social workers or from the school principals to make sure they truly need the financial assistance.
Giving back to society
The scholars who have graduated have formed an alumni association, the FCC Scholarship Alumni Association (FCSAA), which gives these young people an excellent opportunity to be connected and network among themselves. The alumni have been organizing volunteer work; their way of giving back to the society that helped them when they needed it most. The FCC Scholarship fund has proven to be very successful. We have helped 138 students so far, and we are proud to say that our graduates are working as lawyers, doctors, accountants, journalists, financial consultants, police inspectors, nurses, etc. For more information, please contact Mrs. Celia Garcia - firstname.lastname@example.org.
The FCC Charity Fund Scholarship
In 2001, I was fortunate to be part of the first batch of FCC/PLK scholars for my 5-year tertiary education at the University of Hong Kong. I am currently a litigation lawyer working with a leading international law firm. The FCC Scholarship Fund allowed us to focus on our studies rather than overload ourselves with part-time jobs. Apart from the financial assistance, the FCC and Po Leung Kuk also offered us lots of invaluable opportunities that broadened our horizons and enriched our lives. – Scholar, Ms. Mandy Fung, graduated 2007 from the University of Hong Kong with a degree in Bachelor of Social Sciences (Government and Law) and a Bachelor of Law
You have given me so much for the last 5 years. Not only about the sum of money but also valuable network and experience. The scholarship allows me go around the globe attending medical conferences, joining local volunteer services. This is a memorable experience that could benefit my future patients. What we have done is so little but at the best we could. We will continue to work hard and let you be proud of us. – Scholar, Mr. Bernard Shum, graduated 2014 from the University of Hong Kong with a degree in Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
For more details on each of the Scholarship Winners and to learn about their educational achievements and ambitions, please download a copy of the Annual Report