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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.

Promotion banner of First-Generation University Student Fund

 

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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 2018-19.
Please note:
 
  • 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
  • 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 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.
Year of Study Amount of Subsidy Offered (HKD)
1 $15,000
2 $11,000
3 $7,000
4 or above $3,000

 

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, 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, University Exchange Sponsorship, 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 2018-19:
    - Round 1 from 1 September 2018  to 31 October 2018
    - Round 2 from 14 January 2019 to 31 March 2019
  • 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 2018).

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, supporting documents (e.g. admission/offer letter) 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 2018/19, they should apply before 30 November 2018; while for hall residence in the second semester or in the whole year of 2018/19, students should apply before 30 April 2019.
  • 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 one month 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 one month 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

  • Approved amount of funding will be reimbursed to students in around 8 weeks upon their completion of activity and submission of report and expenditure proofs if applicable. 
  • 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

Fong Shu Fook Tong Foundation

方樹福堂基金

2

Ms. Julia Fung Chui-ming

馮翠明女士

3

Hong Kong Baptist University Century Club

香港浸會大學尚志會

4 H.Y. Leung & Co. 梁浩然律師事務所

5

Ms. Shirley Hui Shun-lee

許舜莉女士

6

Mr. Ip Ka-Po

葉家寶先生

7

Kinetics Medical & Health Group Co. Ltd.

毅力醫護健康集團

8

Mr. Peter Kwan Wai

關偉先生

9

Mr. Samuel Lau Kwok-ming

劉國明先生

10

Mr. Lau Pak-shing

劉百成先生

11

Mr. Lee Kin Arthur

李健先生

12

Mr. Andy Lee Shiu Chuen

李兆銓先生

13

Mrs. Agnes Leung Ho Wai-ling

梁何惠玲女士

14

Mr. Philip Leung Kwong-hon

梁光漢先生

15

Ms. Edith Leung Wai-yee

梁慧兒女士

16

Mr. William Leung Wing-cheung, SBS, JP

梁永祥先生, SBS, JP

17

Dr. Veronica Li Sin-yung

李倩容博士

18

Dr. Lo Tek Sheng Kevin

盧笛聲博士

19

Ms. Belinda Luk Kwai-sim

陸季嬋女士

20

Mr. Dickson Shang Tat-yan

尚達人先生

21

Shun Hing Education and Charity Fund Ltd

信興教育及慈善基金有限公司

22

Mr. Patrick Siu Chiu-shun

蕭朝順先生

23

Mr. Tyrone Siu Tai-lun

蕭泰崙先生

24

Mr. Tam Kam-chiu

譚錦超先生

25

Mr. Tam Man-ting

譚文鼎先生

26

Mr. Stephen Tang Wing-on

鄧永安先生

27

Mr. Tao Wai Leung

杜偉樑先生

28

Dr. Jacinto Tong Man-leung

湯文亮博士

29

Ms. Marianna Tsang Wai-chun

曾惠珍女士

30

Prof. James S. Tsien

錢乃駿教授

31

Prof. Teresa Tsien Wong Bik-kwan

錢黃碧君教授

32

Mr. Kent Tsui Kwok-yue

徐國榆先生

33

Mr. Sunny Wong Hak-kun

王克勤先生

34

Mr. Wong How-kung

黃孝恭先生

35

Ms. Agnes Wong Lai-chun 

王麗珍女士

36

Ms. Esther Wong May-wai

黃美慧女士

37

Mr. Wong Nga-chung

黃雅忠先生

38

Ms. Sheila Wong Shun-mei

黃洵美女士

39

Dr. Vicky Wong Ying-ying

黃盈盈博士

40

Mr. Joseph Wong Yun-kit

王仁杰先生

41

Mr. Bernard Wu Tak-lung

吳德龍先生

42

Prof. Xiao Xiaosui

蕭小穗教授

43

Y. T. Chan & Co. Solicitors & Notaries

陳應達律師事務所

 

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 http://uao.hkbu.edu.hk/eng/doc/First-Generation-University-Student-Fund2017.pdf.

Sharing of Recipients

 
Taipei Marathon 2017
 
 

Au Ka Hang (Physical Education & Recreation Management)
Activity: Taipei Marathon 2017

“Taipei Marathon 2017 was a very great activity for us to broaden our horizon. I experienced a lot from the day we arrived at the city. In these few days, I experienced the traditional culture of the Taiwan people by talking with them, understanding the sport culture and how the organization organized the event from the promotion in advance of the race, setting up the race track, distributing the bids to the runners, setting up the venue and how to run the race. I got more than what I expected before the start of the trip. The experience I got from this trip would be beneficial for me to learn how to organize and manage events, which I am going to study for our core course in the upcoming semester. In addition, as I am going to be involved in the sporting industry, holding sporting events will be my main focus in my future career. As a result, this valuable and unforgettable experience excels our skills and knowledge in event management.”



 

2017 Rome Grand Prize Virtuoso (an international music competition)

 

Chan Ka Po (Music)
Activity: 2017 Rome Grand Prize Virtuoso

“This was my first time to play the piano in front of audiences outside Hong Kong and been to Europe. It was very impressive and memorable. I enjoyed playing on the stage to share my music and enjoyed watching other winners’ playing as well. They came from all around the world, from China to Japan, Germany to New York City. All of us have been learning in different environments and grown up in different atmospheres, which affect how we learn and make us adapt to different teaching styles. It was an incredible occasion and a great chance for me to learn from people around the world with different backgrounds, and not just limited myself in Hong Kong and university. I was also very glad to be chosen as the first prize winner which gave me a sense of self-achievement and recognition.” 



 

Model United Nations (MUN) conference

 

Lai Pui Tai (International Journalism)
Activity: Geneva International Model United Nations (MUN) Conference

“The conference is the ideal platform for practising public speaking and impromptu speeches. I overcome stage fright during the conference. Moreover, the conference gathered people who shared similar mentality and values to the world which makes it the best platform for making friends around the world. Throughout the conference, it was more than just discussions on the assigned topics, but also a brilliant way for mind exchange. In my opinion, the mind exchange among the delegates from diverse educational, cultural and profession background is the new best way of solving world issues.”
 

 

University YMCA Joint 16 University Study & Cultural Tour in Romania and Bulgaria

 

Lam Tsz Yuen (BBA Accounting)
Activity: University YMCA Joint 16 University Study & Cultural Tour in Romania and Bulgaria

“Before this trip, Romania and Bulgaria were only countries that I read from history. But now, I have a deep understanding of the lifestyles, historical and cultural background of these cities. The most meaningful activity to me was the orphan visit in Romania. My teammates and I visited a house with six orphans living there. Although the visit only lasted for 40 minutes, it was really heartbreaking and reminded me how much we owned. These orphans are cheerful instead of quiet as what we originally expected. They smiled truely when they received gifts from us. Compared to the kids in Hong Kong, things that make them happy are simple.”



 

Colour Your Dream Thailand Service Trip

 

Lui Hiu Wai (Applied Biology-Environmental Science) 
Activity: Colour Your Dream: Thailand Service Trip

“Through staying with a host family, I learnt to communicate and get along with Thai people. They were really nice and treated us as friends, with joy and love. We shared photos and experiences in our hometowns. We even danced together. This good time was short but remarkable. Sometimes we might encounter language barrier, but we managed to communicate using body language and Google translate. Thus, we maintained a great relationship with the local people.”

 

 

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 2019 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 4 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 4 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 2018/19, they should apply before 30 November 2018; while for hall residence in the second semester or in the whole year of 2018/19, students should apply before 30 April 2019.
     
  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?
    Approved amount of funding will be reimbursed to students in around 8 weeks upon their completion of activity and submission of report and expenditure proofs if applicable.
     
  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.