Benefactor funds graduate scholarships

From Floreat Domus Issue: 
14
Issue year: 
2008

A notable Taiwanese philanthropist has made a very generous pledge to support scholarships at Balliol for many years to come.

The gift will provide scholarships of £10,000 each per annum for five graduate students (at any one time) pursuing any subject at the College. Of the five scholars, four will be from China and Taiwan as a whole, and the fifth will be from any part of Asia, which could include China. This recent commitment follows on from the benefactor’s first gift to Balliol, made in 2006.

This substantial gift has, at a single stroke, transformed Balliol’s ability to attract and fund Chinese and other Asian students to pursue graduate degrees here. No other college in Oxford has such a generous package of support for students from these parts of the world, and, working with the University’s International Office, we expect to receive an impressive group of applicants.

The scholarships are named in honour of Jason Hu (1977), Mayor of Taichung City, Taiwan.

The agreement to provide these scholarships was made in May 2008, during a visit to the College by the benefactor, his son and his colleague, hosted by John Jones with Seamus Perry (Vice-Master, Development) and Alastair James (Development Director).