High School Scholarships in China
These CWEF scholarships sponsor high-achieving high school students from poor families. Many families must make a painful decision between allowing their child to attend high school and staying to farm or work at a factory. The high school scholarships project aims to provide aid to needy students from rural areas to complete high school and create opportunities for them to achieve their goals through education.
Beginning in 2008, the Chinese government has provided funding for public education through grade 9. Funding education past grade 9 is often not possible for rural students from impoverished families. These families have no access to affordable student loans or financing. As a result, high-achieving students, many of them female, are unable to pursue a high school education. Approximately US$1 a day is all that is needed to keep these students in school (HK$3135/US$400 annually). CWEF was able to sponsor the tuition needs of over 400 students during the 2011-2012 academic year. Read Elain and Sally’s Story.
CWEF works with schools to provide scholarships to vulnerable (poor, female, handicapped, minority, etc.) and qualified students (good character and grades) to attend high school. Our hope is that these students will continue to foster close relationships in their home communities and encourage others to pursue higher education.
CWEF partners with EMBER and the GIN group at the American International School in Guangzhou in supporting and encouraging the high school and university scholarship students studying in Guangdong province. In addition to support from individuals, CWEF also partners closely with Target International, Concordia International School Shanghai, and Hong Kong International School to provide these sponsorships.
Video about the China Scholarship Program in Shaoguan, Guangdong, produced by Yeaseul Park, a student at AISG (2013).
Video about the China Scholarship Program in Deqing, Guangdong, produced by a student group from Hong Kong International School (2008):
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News report from a television station in Deqing which also highlights CWEF’s scholarship program there (2011):