One Lingnan student was presented with a fellowship and another student a scholarship at the 26th Awards Presentation Ceremony of the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund for 2012/13 on 24 March.
Year 2 marketing student Anthony So received a Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship (for undergraduate and diploma students). With divorced parents and raised by his grandparents, Anthony has been active in volunteer services since secondary school. He learned how to communicate and co-operate with others through volunteer work, such as joining the volunteer team of the Yuen Long Town Hall to organise different activities for the ethnic minorities, as well as coaching the debate team of Dr Catherine F Woo Memorial School in Shatin. As External Vice-President of the ICAC Ambassadors at Lingnan, Anthony got to know about the ICAC’s daily operations and thus has a deeper understanding of its commitment to fight corruption through effective law enforcement. Anthony wishes to join the ICAC upon graduation to promote anti-corruption campaigns. He also received the Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship and was on the President’s List in 2011/12 for his outstanding academic performance at Lingnan.
Visual Studies MPhil student Sheng Hung won a Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship with her research on a local ink painter Irene Chou Luyun (1924-2011), a student of the Lingnan Painting School master Zhao Shaoang and New Ink Painting Movement leader Lu Shoukun. Irene’s works embrace a sense of time travelling, which prompted Sheng to travel to Brisbane, Australia to interview Irene’s son and close friends, in order to better understand Irene as an artist, a mother and a woman. The research also inspired Sheng to contemplate the relationship between man and art. She hopes to publish her thesis upon graduation with an aim to raise awareness of and concern for local artists among young people. Convinced of the “power of art”, Sheng aspires to become an art historian to tell the stories of artists in their particular time and space of history.
Ten fellowships and 20 scholarships are awarded to postgraduate and undergraduate students respectively annually under the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund.