Scholarship donation from Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation encourages students to stay positive amid difficulties
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A HK$2 million donation from the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation (Foundation) will fund the establishment of a special Kiki Hung Scholarship in memory of the late alumna Ms Kiki Hung Mei-ki from the Department of Linguistics and Translation at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) in appreciation of her exemplary personal qualities including a positive mind and great perseverance in the face of difficulties.
Kiki was admitted to CityU in 2016. Despite a rare genetic neuromuscular disorder, she pursued her studies with great enthusiasm, attaining outstanding academic performances and earning a number of scholarships each year.
The donation from the Foundation will support the establishment of the Kiki Hung Scholarship to recognise students with physical or mental challenges who achieve outstanding academic results. The scholarship will be offered to three to six awardees annually and will open up for application in January 2021.
A donation ceremony was held on 13 November at CityU. Guests attending the ceremony included Ms Nikki Ng, Director of the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation; President Way Kuo of CityU; Professor Matthew Lee Kwok-on, Vice-President (Development and External Relations); Ms Kathy Chan Yin-ling, Associate Vice-President (Development and Alumni Relations); Mr Gavin Kwok Man-kit, Director (Development Office); and Ms Yang Tao-zhi, mother of Kiki.
The Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation was established by the Ng Family in 2010 in memory of the late founder of Sino Group, Mr Ng Teng Fong. “We are deeply touched by the experience of Kiki who not only demonstrated her eagerness to learn but also showed immense perseverance and care for others despite her own struggles. We hope that her spirit will continue to live on and inspire many others through the establishment of the scholarship here at CityU,” Ms Ng said.
President Kuo expressed his heartfelt thanks to the Foundation for its generous donation. “I met Kiki three years ago during a home visit and she was amazing,” he said. “She was an active and optimistic student in university and a young role model. This scholarship is established to encourage students to treasure the opportunities they have and stay positive and persevering when facing difficulties and problems.”
President Kuo presented a painting with a quote from his blog “Life may not be perfect, but the will is infinite” to Ms Ng on behalf of the University in appreciation of Kiki’s spirit.
Kiki worked very hard and submitted her graduation thesis earlier this year before she was admitted into intensive care unit. She graduated with first-class honours. President Kuo presented a certificate of Bachelor of Arts in Translation and Interpretation and the Honour Cord for distinguished graduates to Kiki's mother at Kiki’s hospital bedside.