HSBC Social Work Scholarship

On the Donor

In 1965, in commemoration of its Centenary, the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) donated some investments to The University of Hong Kong to establish scholarships to attract some of the best undergraduates and students entering the University into a career in social work in Hong Kong.  Since then, the annual income of these investmens has been deployed to support social work students in the form of scholarships and later extended  to bursaries from 1982 and travel awards from 1987.

In 2014, a review of the scope of HSBC Social Work Scholarship was carried out and it has been agreed that the Fund shall be deployed for the awarding of scholarships solely, and travel awards if deemed necessary.


Purpose and Scope

The Scholarship shall be awarded to local full-time Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) students.

The scholarships shall be awarded to candidates of proven good academic ability:

  • For First-year students: academic merit shown in public examinations for entry to the University, and achieve GPA 3.3 or above in the first semester examinations;
  • For Second-year or above students: minimum GPA 3.3 or above.

Other criteria shall be taken into consideration: with genuine interest in social work as a career, character, motivation, personality, and sense of responsibility.

Shortlisted applicants for the 2016-17 Scholarship will be invited to attend interview(s), in person, between January-March 2017.


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Awarded by External Body
Value of Award HK$25,000
Renewal Conditions --
Selection by Open application and interview
Type of Scholarships Merit-based Scholarships for Current Students
Place of Origin of Students Local
Level of Study Undergraduate
Faculty Social Sciences
Year of Study Not specified