We’re delighted to confirm that the Walter Kwok Foundation will support up to two annual scholarships to help shape the future of Hong Kong and China.
The Kwok Scholarship Programme has been a great resource for students from Hong Kong and China applying to study at the Blavatnik School of Government in the past and it’s great news that the Foundation’s generous support will continue.
The funding will be accessible to Chinese nationals resident in Hong Kong or mainland China who have been offered a place to study for the one-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) with us. The ‘Kwok Scholars’ will be committed to public service and they will also need to demonstrate the intention to return to their country of origin once they’ve completed their MPP to pursue a career with real impact on government and policy.
Hong Kong philanthropist Walter Kwok, who has made the scholarship programme possible, said: “My hope is that the award of these fully-funded scholarships will provide a transformative opportunity for both the improvement of public service and benefit of the community in Hong Kong and mainland China and for outstanding individuals, regardless of their background, and in particular for those whose financial circumstances would otherwise not permit them to take up the place.”
There are two scholarships available each academic year for the next three years, starting from 2015-16, and they will be allocated based on academic merit, financial need and commitment to public service. The Walter Kwok Foundation also offers two undergraduate scholarships at the University of Oxford.
To apply for the Kwok Scholarship Programme, eligible students have to submit an application to www.kwokscholars.org by the end of March on top of completing the standard application for the MPP. Remember that the official deadline for applications to the Blavatnik School of Government is Friday January 23 at 12:00. This is the first, fundamental step to be eligible for a Kwok Scholarship – so don’t waste any time, and apply now!