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First-Generation University Student Fund

To help unlock precious opportunities for BU’s first-generation local undergraduates to participate in diverse outside-of-classroom learning activities and develop in an all-rounded manner, HKBU has established the “First-Generation University Student Fund”.  Successful applicants will receive up to $15,000 for participating in different outside-of-classroom learning activities during their studies at HKBU.

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Objectives

To promote equal opportunities and to provide a balanced co-curricular development for first-generation university students (i.e. their parents have not received any post-secondary or university education), the “First-Generation University Student Fund” has been established at Hong Kong Baptist University to help students who need financial assistance and guidance in expanding their participation in outside-of-classroom activities for their whole person development and future career exploration.

Research has shown that many first-generation university students, compared to their second-generation counterparts, do not engage sufficiently in academic or social activities that are associated with success in university. Their participation in outside-of-classroom activities, which are an important integral part of the university curriculum, may be due to financial constraints and a lack of proper guidance. Therefore, the Fund is to provide financial support to eligible students, while appropriate advice and guidance on how they should plan for their co-curricular programmes and/or outside classrooms activities throughout their undergraduate years will be provided by student advisors in order to ensure that students can benefit fully from outside-of-classroom learning. 

Eligibility

Eligible applicants should be:

  1. local students studying in full‐time UGC‐funded undergraduate programmes at HKBU;
  2. first-generation university students (i.e. your parents have not received any post-secondary or university education); and
  3. receiving full grant* under the Tertiary Student Finance Scheme – Publicly-funded Programmes (TSFS) of the HKSAR Government in 2019-20.

*A student with full grant offer receives the amount of maximum grant, you may visit the webpage below to check whether you are receiving a full grant offer: https://sa.hkbu.edu.hk/sfa/government-grants-and-loans/ugc-funded-full-time-programmes/tsfsnlsft#maxgl_tsfsnlsft

Amount of Subsidy

Basic Plan: Up to HK$15,000 subsidy will be given to each Year 1 successful applicant and the amount will be pro-rata for applicants of senior years as shown below. Eligible students are encouraged to plan for their learning and development, and apply for FGF as early as possible in order to get a higher subsidy amount as well as a longer period to use the entitled fund for approved activities.

Year of Study Amount of FGF Subsidy Offered (HKD)
1 $15,000
2 $11,000
3 $7,000
4 or above $3,000

Top-up Plan: To encourage and support students to attain learning experience outside Hong Kong with the Fund, the total amount of FGF subsidy granted to year two or above students will be topped up to a maximum of $15,000, on condition that they have used or will use the entitled fund to join at least one approved outside Hong Kong activity.

For example, a student who successfully applied for the Fund in Year 3 will be given $7000 FGF subsidy under the Basic Plan. However, if he/she now applies to spend his/her FGF on an approved outside Hong Kong activity (e.g. summer exchange programme), he/she may get up to $15,000 after top-up.

Scope & Activities supported by the Fund

First-Generation University Student Fund supports outside-of-classroom activities offered by HKBU Departments, Offices and student bodies which fall under the scope of the Fund. They can be credit or non-credit (co-curricular activities) bearing. Learning activities that are organized by external organization will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and are subject to the approval of the Office of Student Affairs. Some activities have a maximum amount of subsidy claimable from the Fund, and the total amount of subsidy granted is subject to the year of study of applicants.

  • Academic Exchange (support up to 100% of net fee/cost paid by student*)
  • Field/study trip, service trip/program (support up to 100% of net fee/cost paid by student*)
  • Overseas competition, conference, internship, placement or training camp (support up to 100% of net fee/cost paid by student*)
  • Language courses (a maximum of $5,000 from the Fund. Students are recommended to take foreign languages courses offered by our Language Centre)
  • Living in Halls (a maximum of $3,000 from the Fund)
  • Sports/music/arts/other skills training (a maximum of $5,000 from the Fund)
  • Professional certificates/courses (a maximum of $5,000 from the Fund)
  • Other co-curricular activities (and maximum amount) subject to approval

    *The cost may include program fees, airfare, accommodation, travel insurance (for programmes not covered by HKBU's insurance only), visa and other mandatory fees; but exclude food and local transportation costs as well as personal expenses.

Notes:

1. The Fund is not a bursary which subsidizes students' study or daily expenses. Students can only use it to support their participation in one or several co‐curricular programmes and/or outside classroom learning activities until the approved amount is depleted. They have the flexibility in choosing when to use the Fund and how much to spend on each activity. However, the minimum claimed amount for each activity should be HK$1,000 or above.

2. Students can use the Fund during their course of study at HKBU. For final year students, the learning activity must be completed by 31 August of their graduation year. 

3. Students should join the activities/courses via an organization which can provide official proofs and receipts for the cost/fee paid, i.e. personal trips and private instructors are not allowed. Students are recommended to participate in experiential programmes offered by the Office of Student Affairs.

4.  The Fund does not subsidize honours project, research, graduation‐tied trips which receive additional support from the Government as well as profit‐making activities.

5. Students are allowed to receive the Fund with other funding sources (e.g. EDB Exchange Subsidy, MES, Government Hall Subsidy, Reaching Out Award, scholarships, internship salary & allowance, etc.) concurrently provided that the total funding support obtained does not exceed the net fees/cost they have paid. Students should inform SFA if the activity is funded by other sources of funding concurrently.

6. The Office of Student Affairs reserves the right to make final decision on each activity application, and to adjust the approved fund amount if deem appropriate.

Application Procedures and Timeline

Please see the flowchart below for the application procedures in brief:

Application Procedures and Timeline

FORM I: Confirmation of Eligibility

Applicants should first complete Form I to confirm their eligibility before proceeding to apply funding for specific activity(Form II).

  • Eligible students should first fill in an online application form (Form I) to confirm their eligibility. In addition to personal particulars, they need to state their reasons of application and provide an initial plan of using the fund.
  • Application results of Form I will be released to your HKBU email account normally within 2 weeks upon the application deadline, i.e. mid‐Nov and mid‐April of each year.
  • Each successful applicant will be randomly assigned an advisor from the Office of Student Affairs who will give advice/guidance on the learning plan and recommend activities that fulfill the student’s interests and learning goals. Advisors may invite students for a meeting when necessary. Students are obliged to meet and communicate with their advisors.
  • There will be 2 rounds of application in the academic year 2019-20:
    - Round 1 from 1 September 2019 to 31 October 2019
    - Round 2 from 13 January 2020 to 31 March 2020
  • Late applications will NOT be considered unless there are special and valid reasons.
  • Please apply for the Fund via this online platform (to be launched on 1 September 2019).

FORM II: Funding Application for Specific Learning Activity

Applicants should have submitted “FORM I: Confirmation of Eligibility” and received our approval email before filling out this FORM II for funding application.

  • Applicants who have applied for the Fund successfully can use it anytime during their course of study at HKBU.They can spend it on several learning activities until the approved amount is depleted. They also have the flexibility in choosing when to use the Fund and how much to spend on each activity.
  • When students wish to use the fund to support a specific learning activity, they should apply for funding by providing the activity details and budget via another online form, normally at least 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the activity.
  • For students who plan to use their approved fund on hall residence in the first semester of 2019/20, they should apply before 30 November 2019; while for hall residence in the second semester or in the whole year of 2019/20, students should apply before 30 April 2020.
  • Separate application for funding should be made for each activity.

  • Result of the application with approved funding amount will be released to the students via email normally within 4 weeks.

  • Please apply funding for a specific learning activity via this online platform.

Submission of Reflection Reports & other obligations

  • After the approval of the use of fund and completion of the learning activity, students are required to submit a reflection report for each activity they have participated with an emphasis on insights, intellectual gains, learning impact and outcomes.
  • The report should be submitted within two months upon completion of the activity. Please see the table below for the requirements and guidelines for submitting a report.

 

Method I - Essay Method II - Video
Format

- In English: 500 words or more; OR
- In Chinese: 800 words or more

- In English or Chinese with English subtitles; AND
- At least 1 minute in duration with good visual quality

Attachments needed 2 photos in JPEG format of size below 5MB each, with clear image and good quality.  
Learning activities participated For any learning activities For exchange and overseas tours ONLY
Submission deadline Within two months upon completion of your activity
Submission method Please submit your report here.

a) Upload your video to Google Drive and share the link to firstgen@hkbu.edu.hk
b) Name your email subject in the format of "student ID_full name_video sharing" (e.g.12121212_Chan Tai Man_video sharing).
c) Please click here for the procedures for uploading and sharing video via Google Drive.

Remark The reports may be publicized on the website and/or other publicity materials of the Fund.
  • Upon invitation, recipients are obliged to attend some experience sharing occasions, and/or meeting with donors of the Fund.

Reimbursement of Subsidy

  • Subsidy reimbursement via the Finance Office will be arranged upon students' submission of report, photos, participation proof as well as all the required expenditure proofs, if applicable. Students may receive the subsidy normally in around 8 - 12 weeks (subject to Finance Office's approval) on condition that the documents they submitted have fulfilled the requirements and they submitted before the designated deadline. 
  • For activities organized by HKBU Departments or Offices, the organizer will be asked to verify the participation status of students and provide the cost code of student payment.
  • For students attending academic exchange or activities offered by student societies or external bodies, they need to provide payment record such as the original invoice/receipt issued by the organizer, flight or train tickets, boarding pass, etc. to the Finance Office via SFA for verification.
  • The approved amount will be spent according to the details described in the activity application. Any unspent amount will be retained by or returned to the Fund. 
  • Students will not be reimbursed any amount spent in excess of the approved amount.
  • Students can check their funding disbursement record via BUniport.

Support the Fund

The First-Generation University Student Fund at HKBU is jointly supported by the Strategic Development Fund, Schools/Faculties/Academy, as well as private donations. An Alumni Tree Naming Campaign was held in May 2017 which raised over HK$1.6 million for the Fund. The University would like to express its immense gratitude to the following alumni, organisations, groups and individuals for their generous support of the Fund.

List of Donors (listed in alphabetical order):

 

No.

English Name

Chinese Name

1

Ms. Heidi Chan

陳慧玲女士

2

Mrs. Choi Wong Ling Ling, MH, JP

蔡黃玲玲女士,MH,JP

3

Mr. Fan Tung Donald

范統先生

4

Fong Shu Fook Tong Foundation

方樹福堂基金

5

Ms. Julia Fung Chui-ming

馮翠明女士

6

Ms. Shirley Hui Shun-lee

許舜莉女士

7

Mr. Ip Ka-po

葉家寶先生

8

Kinetics Medical & Health Group Co. Ltd.

毅力醫護健康集團

9

Prof. Peter Kwan Wai

關偉教授

10

Mr. Kwong Chi Shing Savio

鄺志成先生

11

Mr. Samuel Lau Kwok-ming

劉國明先生

12

Mr. Lau Pak-shing

劉百成先生

13

Mr. Lee Kin Arthur

李健先生

14

Dr. Andy Lee Shiu Chuen

李兆銓博士

15

Dr. Lee Oi Ping Christina, MH

李愛平博士,MH

16

H.Y. Leung & Co.

梁浩然律師事務所

17

Mrs. Agnes Leung Ho Wai-ling

梁何惠玲女士

18

Mr. Philip Leung Kwong-hon, MH

梁光漢先生, MH

19

Dr. Edith Leung Wai-yee

梁慧兒博士

20

Prof. William Leung Wing-cheung, SBS, JP

梁永祥教授, SBS, JP

21

Dr. Veronica Li Sin-yung

李倩容博士

22

Like Capital Ltd.

讚賞資本有限公司

23

Mr. Lim Han-ton

林瀚東先生

24

Dr. Lo Tak Lam William

盧德臨醫生

25

Dr. Lo Tek Sheng Kevin

盧笛聲博士

26

Ms. Belinda Luk Kwai-sim

陸季嬋女士

27

Mr. Dickson Shang Tat-yan

尚達人先生

28

Shun Hing Education & Charity Fund Ltd

信興教育及慈善基金有限公司

29

Mr. Patrick Siu Chiu-shun

蕭潮順先生

30

Ricacorp Properties Limited

利嘉閣地產有限公司

31

Mr. Tyrone Siu Tai-lun

蕭泰崙先生

32

Mr. Tam Kam-chiu

譚錦超先生

33

Mr. Tam Man-ting

譚文鼎先生

34

Mr. Stephen Tang Wing-on

鄧永安先生

35

Mr. Tao Wai Leung

杜偉樑先生

36

Time Watch Investments Limited

時計寶投資有限公司 

37

Dr. Jacinto Tong Man-leung

湯文亮博士

38

Ms. Marianna Tsang Wai-chun

曾惠珍女士

39

Prof. James S. Tsien

錢乃駿教授

40

Prof. Teresa Tsien Wong Bik-kwan

錢黃碧君教授

41

Mr. Kent Tsui Kwok-yue

徐國榆先生

42

Wafer Systems (Hong Kong) Limited

威發系統(香港)有限公司

43

Mr. Sunny Wong Hak-kun

王克勤先生

44

Mr. Wong How-kung

黃孝恭先生

45

Ms. Agnes Wong Lai-chun 

王麗珍女士

46

Ms. Esther Wong May-wai

黃美慧女士

47

Mr. Wong Nga-chung

黃雅忠先生

48

Ms. Sheila Wong Shun-mei

黃洵美女士

49

Dr. Vicky Wong Ying-ying

黃盈盈博士

50

Mr. Joseph Wong Yun-kit

王仁杰先生

51

Mr. Bernard Wu Tak-lung

吳德龍先生

52

Ms. Wu Xiaowei

吳霄薇女士

53

Prof. Xiao Xiaosui

蕭小穗教授

54

Mr. Wilson Yeh Wai-kwan

葉維鈞先生

55

Y. T. Chan & Co. Solicitors & Notaries

陳應達律師事務所

56

Ms. Alice Yeung

楊素梅女士

57

Mr. Yeung Chiu Sing Ricky, BBS

楊超成先生,BBS

 

Make a Donation

To sustain the First-Generation University Student Fund and benefit more students, we appreciate and need the generous suppport of alumni and friends of HKBU, as well as the general public of Hong Kong Society.

Your donation, regardless of amount, will help our students to achieve their full intellectual and whole-person development, and eventually, motivate them to give back to those with fewer advantages in the future!

If you are interested in supporting the First-Generation University Student Fund, please contact the University Advancement Office at uao@hkbu.edu.hk or by completing the donation form at https://foundation.hkbu.edu.hk/sites/default/files/smallBanners/02_FGUSFund2017_updated.pdf.

Sharing of Recipients

 
USA Disney Internship
 
 

Chan Ming Chu (Sociology)
Activity: USA Disney Internship

“It’s where dreams come true! Disney internship program has made my dreams come true twice. It is my second time to participate in this program, but the things I experienced were different from what I had last year. Working in the Magic Kingdom is the most magical thing I’ve ever experienced. You would be amazed at how everything works out backstage and how different teams construct the magic. This time I was a park greeter, responsible for dealing with the guests at the park entrance. I also needed to work with cast members of different teams such as guest relations. My communication skill was improved as my position required me to explain clearly different situations and solve problems/handle requests from the guests.”

 

Gangsu Sustainable Service Group 2018

 

Cheung Ka Hei (Social Work)
Activity: Gangsu Sustainable Service Group


“As a student majoring in social work, caring about the society is important. The economy in mainland China is booming anyway, but the number of “left-behind” children becomes more and more, and the wealth gap is getting larger. We, a group of university students, wished to make some changes to these Gangsu children since Gangsu is the poorest city in China nowadays. We understood that two weeks’ teaching could not bring a huge difference to their lives or solve the internal problems of China. Yet, we had the truest hearts to excite their learning motivation and build up their confidence as education is the common way to climb up the social ladder. Giving the schools more teaching resources is just the materialistic helping laterally, teaching them with heart and giving more encouragement is what sustainable service means.”

Semester at Sea

 

Lun Wai Lam (Applied Economics)
Activity: Semester at Sea (SAS)


“Growing up in Hong Kong, an extremely affluence city, I have never been able to mediate on the meaning of happiness – should it really be counted on a scale of the “likes” that one receive on social media? On top of that, I had learned about historical events and its significances, like colonialism, from the education in Hong Kong, but I have never been able to contextualize them until SAS. We travelled to lots of former British colonies along the voyage, and it was a vehement blow to my world when I started to see intrinsically the same style of architecture along the horizon of the places that we have sailed to – a vivid legacy of colonialism. I have come to an understanding of how our world in the past has been shaped, and how, concomitantly, our past has shaped that world now that we are currently living in.”

 

Student Exchange Programme 2018/19 (Ohio)

 

Siu Wing Sze (Communication - Public Relations and Advertising)
Activity: Student Exchange Programme 2018/19 (Ohio)


“Going to America for exchange was an unexpected event in my life. I had dreamed of going abroad to experience the cultural differences and improve myself as an independent person since I was in secondary school. The host school locates in Ohio, a quiet and vast state which is totally different from Hong Kong. From the exchange tour, I developed more ideas and notions about what other countries are like and what the advantages of Hong Kong are. I also made clearer about my own vision and career after the journey. This is a significant event in my life that has changed me a lot.”

Interharmony International Music Festival

 

Yip Ka Hing (Music) 
Activity: ​Interharmony International Music Festival


“I am very grateful that I had the chance to participate in session II of Interharmony International Music Festival. Playing in Boris Kuschnir’s masterclass was definitely the most valuable and inspiring experience in the festival and also in my life. He is one of the greatest violin teachers in the world. The most unforgettable thing was the sound concept that he shared with us. We spent most of the time on the 6 notes at the beginning, but as he said “these 6 notes will be the 6 notes that you won’t forget in your life”. Every musician needs to sing using his or her instrument. Slow practice is not only for technique, but also for singing the music using the instrument. Not only did I learn a lot when I played for him, I also gained a lot through observing others’ playing and his coaching. The suggestions he made on different students’ playing were different, but all of these were valuable.”

 

 

FAQs


FORM I: Confirmation of Eligibility

  1. Am I eligible to apply if my sibling(s) is/are university students / graduates?
    As long as your parents have not received any post-secondary or university education and you fulfill all other specified criteria, you can apply for FGF. For eligibility, you may see the details here.
     
  2. What does "full grant" mean?
    A student with full grant offer under TSFS receives the amount of maximum grant, please click the link below to check whether you are receiving a full grant: https://sa.hkbu.edu.hk/sfa/government-grants-and-loans/ugc-funded-full-time-programmes/tsfsnlsft#maxgl_tsfsnlsft
     
  3. Do I need to provide any supporting document to prove my “full grant” status?
    No supporting document is needed as SFA Unit will verify applicants’ TSFS application status with the government.
     
  4. If I am waiting for the TSFS result, can I apply for FGF?
    No, please do NOT apply if you are waiting for your TSFS result. You may apply later before the deadline of the current round of application or in the second round of application in Jan 2020 when you have received a full grant offer under TSFS.
     
  5. Do I need to print and submit the hard copy of application form after submitting it online?
    No, you just need to submit your application online. No need to print and submit the hard copy of application form.
     
  6. I am a non-local student, can I apply for FGF?
    No, FGF is only open to local students who meet the specified criteria at this stage.
     
  7. There will be 2 rounds of application each year. Do I need to fill out “FORM I” again in the second round if I have successfully applied in the first round?
    No, eligible students need to fill out “FORM I” ONCE only. After your eligibility is confirmed, you may proceed to use your entitled fund by filling out “FORM II: Funding Application for Specific Learning Activity”.
     
  8. I am eligible for FGF, but I do not plan to join any learning activity this year. Should I apply next year when I want to join an activity?
    Eligible students are encouraged to plan for their learning and development, and apply for the Fund as early as possible in order to get a higher subsidy amount as well as a longer period to use the entitled fund for approved activities. If you apply next year, the amount of your entitled fund will be reduced.
     
  9. I am eligible for FGF but I am now in exchange or not in Hong Kong. Can I still apply?
    Yes, application can be done online.
     
  10. I have used up my FGF in year 2, can I apply for FGF again in year 3 if I am a full grant recipient?
    No, each eligible student can enjoy FGF once only.

 

FORM II: Funding Application for Specific Learning Activity

  1. When can I use the fund?
    If you have submitted “FORM I” and received our approval email, you can use your entitled fund anytime during your course of study at HKBU. You can spend it on several learning activities until the approved amount is depleted. Please complete “FORM II” when you are planning to use your FGF for a specific activity.
     
  2. Can I skip “FORM I” and fill out “FORM II” first?
    No, applicants should have submitted “FORM I” and received our approval email before filling out FORM II for funding application.
     
  3. I plan to participate in a learning activity. When should I submit the funding application?
    You should submit the funding application at least 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the activity so that we have enough time to consider your application.
     
  4. Can I apply for two learning activities in one application?
    No, separate application should be made for each activity.
     
  5. What kind of learning activities I should participate in?
    Students are recommended to participate in activities which will benefit their personal growth and career development. Please refer to the Scope and Activities supported by the Fund.
     
  6. Should I fill out “FORM II” after I am successfully admitted to a learning activity?
    You may fill out “FORM II” once you plan to join an activity. It is not necessary to wait till you are admitted to the activity. Just let us know the result release date in the form. Remember that you should submit the funding application at least 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the activity.
     
  7. If I have received other subsidies which cover all the expense of my activity, can I still apply FGF for that activity?
    Students are allowed to receive FGF with other funding sources concurrently provided that the total funding obtained does not exceed the actual fee/cost they have paid. If your activity is already fully supported by other sources, you should use your FGF on other activities.
     
  8. What supporting documents are needed for FORM II?
    You should provide the activity website in the form which shows the activity details, schedule, fees, etc. If no website can be provided, you may send us the information by email to firstgen@hkbu.edu.hk.
     
  9. I would like to use my FGF on hall residence but my residence has started when I got the approval email of FORM I. Can I still apply funding for it?
    Yes, we have special arrangements for students applying funding for hall residence. For students who plan to use their approved fund on hall residence in the first semester of 2019/20, they should apply before 30 November 2019; while for hall residence in the second semester or in the whole year of 2019/20, students should apply before 30 April 2020.
     
  10. Can I use my FGF on attending an online course?
    No, FGF does not support online courses/activities. Please choose to attend a course/activity in person.


Reimbursement of Subsidy

  1. When can I get the reimbursement from the Fund?
    Subsidy reimbursement via the Finance Office will be arranged upon students' submission of report, photos, participation proof as well as all the required expenditure proofs, if applicable. Students may receive the subsidy normally in around 8 - 12 weeks (subject to Finance Office's approval) on condition that the documents they submitted have fulfilled the requirements and they submitted before the designated deadline.
  2. What supporting documents are needed for reimbursement?
    For activities organized by HKBU Departments or Offices, the organizer will be asked to verify the participation status of students and provide the cost code of student payment. For students attending academic exchange or activities offered by student societies or external bodies, they need to provide completion proof and payment record such as the original invoice/receipt issued by the organizer, flight or train tickets, boarding pass, etc. to the Finance Office via SFA for verification. Please keep all the original receipts in good condition.
     
  3. I was approved $9000 for my activity but the actual expense is $8000 only, will I still receive $9000?
    No, we will adjust the fund amount downward according to your actual expense.
     
  4. Can I scan and submit my original payment receipt by email?
    No, you should hand or post the original receipt to us unless it’s an online receipt.
     
  5. How will I receive the fund reimbursement?
    The approved fund will be deposited into your bank account registered in BUniport.