Dr Helmut Sohmen has donated HK$8 million to support Lingnan students with financial difficulties to study overseas and participate in international exchange programmes. A signing ceremony for the donation was held on 12 September 2011.
Two scholarships will be established with Dr Sohmen’s donation. The first one will be awarded each year to a top-notch student, known as the “President’s Scholar”, seeking an opportunity to study overseas in his/her second or third year of study. A reputable institution willing to admit the student as a visiting scholar will be selected by the University. The scholarship, which totalled HK$3 million, will be available for 10 years from 2012/13.
The “Sohmen Exchange Scholarship” will provide financial assistance to students in need to participate in international exchange programmes for at least one semester. Each year 15 to 20 students with strong academic performance and financial difficulties are entitled to this scholarship, which will also be available for a period of 10 years from 2012/13 with a maximum endowment of HK$25,000 per student. The awardees will be named “Sohmen Exchange Scholars”.