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Proud graduate supports next generation to honour brother

May 31, 2011

For the Ng siblings, Western enhanced their lives immeasurably. And that is why youngest brother, Wilfred Ng, BA’85, is donating $1.8 million HKD (approximately $228,000 CAD) to his alma mater, while paying tribute to his late brother, Harvey.

“Harvey loved Canada,” recalls Mr. Ng. “Amongst our siblings, he was the only one who chose to stay in Canada after graduation.”

Harvey Ng, BESc’86, started his own business not long after he graduated. He was confident that the education he received at Western prepared him well for the challenges ahead. He later diversified his business by expanding the family business into Canada. In 2009, he died of cancer at the age of 47.

“We established an international continuing student scholarship to help those high school students in Hong Kong who wish to further their education in Canada yet are financially incapable of doing so,” says Mr. Ng who is currently Director of Fidelity Garment Manufactory Ltd. in Hong Kong and will be receiving an honourary degree, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.) from Western in May. “We have fond memories of the times we spent at Western and value the great education we received. By establishing an international continuing student scholarship, we are giving back to the Hong Kong community and at the same time promoting the University in this part of the world.”

Not only is the scholarship a way for Mr. Ng and his sisters Serena, BA’81, MA’82 and Grace, BA’85, to show their appreciation for a school they love and also help future students, it is also a meaningful way for them to honour their brother.

“Harvey enjoyed his university days thoroughly at Western. I am sure that Harvey would take great satisfaction in knowing that our contributions will ultimately support the education of our next generation.”

The Harvey Ng International Continuing Student Scholarship will be awarded to a student who is a permanent resident of Hong Kong but may have completed secondary school elsewhere. Students are eligible if they are entering the first year of any full-time undergraduate degree program at Western and are chosen based on their final admission average. The scholarship will be worth $56,000 HKD or approximately $7,000 CAD each year with the first recipient chosen this fall.

Mr. Ng hopes this donation will plant the “giving” seed for future alumni so that they will give back to Western one day.

“Western’s student population is made up of many international students. I hope to remind our international alumni of the quality education and the network they built up during their university life at Western and it is time for them to contribute to the University and make a difference for our next generation.”

This article appeared in the Spring 2011 edition of Impact Western
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