Between 1979 and 2006, the Lee Shau Kee Scholarships enabled one hundred exceptional Hong Kong students to pursue their first degree at Wadham College. Established by the business leader and philanthropist Dr Lee Shau Kee, the programme has left a lasting impact on the collegiate University, and on 12 September, Dr Lee Shau Kee was admitted into the University's Chancellor's Court of Benefactors in a special ceremony in Hong Kong. The honour was conferred by Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Hamilton and Warden of Wadham College Lord Macdonald of River Glaven, in the presence of 43 former Lee Shau Kee Scholars. The Chancellor's Court of Benefactors, which now has more than 200 members, celebrates and recognises those friends and supporters who have been outstandingly generous towards the University and the colleges.
The Lee Shau Kee Scholarships were an aspiration for a generation of top academic achievers, encouraging them to consider an Oxford education and forming an important link between Hong Kong and Oxford. The benefits of this link are still witnessed by the University today, while the Lee Shau Kee Scholars have now proven themselves as leaders in business, law and engineering in Hong Kong and elsewhere. Dr Lee’s involvement in the scholarships included funding those students who demonstrated financial need and dedicating his personal time to the success of the programme.
Dr the Honourable Lee Shau Kee is the Founder and Chairman of Henderson Land Development Company Limited, a leading Hong Kong property development group and he also serves as Chairman of The Hong Kong and China Gas Company. Dr Lee Shau Kee is a recipient of Hong Kong’s highest civic honour, the Grand Bauhinia Medal. In 1986 he was named an Honorary Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, and in 2013, the Lee Shau Kee Scholars Seminar Room was opened in Wadham College, funded by generations of Lee Shau Kee Scholars as a mark of their gratitude to Dr Lee Shau Kee.
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