How to apply

Application for the 2019/20 cohort has now been closed. Information regarding the 2020/21 intake shall be released in the Summer of 2020.

Applications are open to F.4 and F.5 students. Please click to see our leaflet and poster for more programme information. Interested students may apply through one of the following streams:

  1. School nomination (with teacher recommendation form)
  2. Self-nomination (without teacher recommendation form)

If you have any enquiries, please e-mail or contact Ms. Candy Tsang, Mr. Josiah Huen or Mr. Niklas Lam from YMCA of Hong Kong at 2708 8995.


What happens after you have submitted an application

Applicants who fulfil our selection criteria will be informed individually, and interviews will take place in mid November. We aim at interviewing at least 80% of applicants to ensure that students with potential are given adequate consideration.


Selection criteria

In the screening process, we would look at both student’s academic and non-academic achievements, as well as their short personal statements outlining their aspirations.

Applicants will be assessed on a holistic basis whereby a number of areas will be taken into account: academic performance, non-academic achievements, interview performance, commitment and enthusiasm exhibited, and the financial need and background of the applicant. Teachers' recommendation is a plus but not necessary.

Owing to the limited intake of our programme, each school is suggested to recommend a maximum of 5 students. Other students are encouraged to apply through self-nomination. We hope that schools will recommend students with the highest potential, as we are looking for students with a high potential yet constrained by their limited resources and financial background.


Financial background

We would prioritize students coming from an under-resourced background to apply. Students who fit into ANY ONE of these categories will be prioritized:

  1. Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) (綜援)
  2. Low-income Working Family Allowance (低收入在職家庭津貼)
  3. Half Grant/ Full Grant Textbook Assistance (書簿津貼)
  4. Travel Subsidy (車船津貼)
  5. Family income at or below 75% of the Median Family Income*

*The cut-off line will be set at 75% of the median monthly family income adjusted quarterly by the Social Welfare Department. As of the second quarter of 2019, the cut-off line will be as follows:

Household Members Median Monthly Family Income 75% of Median Monthly Family Income
1 9,100 6,825
2 20,000 15,000
3 31,600 23,700
4 43,000 32,250
5 55,100 41,325
6 or above 59,600 44,700