The HKSAF Scholarship was set up in 1997 to assist qualified top students from Hong Kong who are in financial need to attend undergraduate programs in US universities. Merit-based and talent-based full tuition scholarships are now offered subject to financial need. This scholarship is awarded for a maximum of 4 years.
To qualify, an applicant must:
1. Be a permanent resident of Hong Kong,
2. Have received at least 3 years of continuous education, and is currently enrolled as a full-time student, in a school/college in Hong Kong,
3. (a) For academic scholarship – attain at least 6 subjects at A* or A (in one sitting) in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), or a score of 1300 or above in SAT I, or a score of 28 or above in ACT, or a score or predicted score of 40 in IB diploma,
(b) For talent-based scholarship – in addition to appropriate academic attainment, special consideration will be given to exceptional qualifications, creative achievements and excellence of any special talents that align with the applicant’s program of study.
4. Be admitted to the undergraduate program of a four-year college or university in the US for the first time, and
5. Prove financial need.
Initial screening of applications is conducted by the Selection Committee in Los Angeles. Semi-finalists are invited to attend an interview in Hong Kong for 45 to 60 minutes in both English and Chinese. Numeric scores will be assigned to each semi-finalist on categories ranging from overall academic performance, extracurricular activities, social commitment and communication skills, and written comments will be added to the quantitative ranking. The selection process is concluded by home visit to the finalists to verify their financial need.
Based on the evaluation of the Hong Kong Selection Committee, the report of the home visits, and their own review of the application files, the Selection Committee in Los Angeles makes the final selection on the candidates and the amount of the awards.