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WYNG-Philomathia Essay prize

30 August 2017

WYNG-Philomathia Essay prize

This is the fourth year that the WYNG and Philomathia Foundations have supported an essay prize for children who are studying at government run non-fee paying secondary schools in Hong Kong, as part of the Foundation's media award. This October one of the prize winners from previous years, Jamie Lai Ching Yee, will be coming to Trinity Hall to study. She also won a Hong Kong government scholarship.

Each year the prize winners spend some time in College in July; they attend the open days and have a supervision on their essay, given by a Trinity Hall Fellow. There is also time for the group to see some of the sites of Cambridge and London. For many it is their first trip to the UK. This year the Vice-Master elect, Dr Nick Bampos, presented their certificates at a dinner in College: "This was a wonderful event, and proof of the value of the prize to those who were successful. The young scholars (all women this year) were delightful company … bright, mature, articulate, engaging and intellectually ambitious. The prize has been a great success not only in the quality of the students that take part, but also the spirit of collaboration and scholarship that it encourages." 

Other finalists have the opportunity to attend a summer school taught by Cambridge scholars at the Canadian International School campus in Hong Kong, which takes place at the end of July, with several Trinity Hall fellows going there to teach.

Previous themes for the essay prize have included 'waste', 'poverty' and 'air'; the theme for this year was 'identity'. The 2018 theme will be 'mobility' - see www.wma.hk.

Again this year there was a high number of entries; thirty-five essays were shortlisted and there were six winners:

Download their essays here Click on the link next to their name for their report on their time in Cambridge.

With thanks to the WYNG Foundation and Philomathia Foundation for their generous support of the prize and our outreach activity in Hong Kong.Thanks also to the Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters for their help with outreach to schools.

Dr Andrew Murray, Admissions Tutor, will be travelling to Hong Kong in September and the Master and Development Director will be hosting a dinner for alumni and friends in Hong Kong on 21 September.

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