The 13th Soong Ching Ling Scholarship awarding ceremony was held by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF) on May 31. The ceremony was also a celebration of Children‘s Day.
The ceremony was attended by Wang Jiarui， chairman of the CSCLF； Zhu Zhiwen， vice-minister of the Ministry of Education； Zhang Endi， vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference of Shanghai； Hu Peiyan， deputy director-general of the Publicity Department of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee； Zhang Xiaomin， secretary-general of the China Welfare Institute； Yu Weiyue， deputy director of the department of basic education at the Ministry of Education； Jia Wei， deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission， and nearly 100 scholarship-winners from across the country.
CSCLF Chairman Wang Jiarui applauds for the scholarship winners.
CSCLF Chairman Wang Jiarui delivers a speech during the ceremony.
Wang delivers a speech during the scholarship awarding ceremony， saying that children are the future masters of the motherland and undertake the mission of creating a beautiful future. He expressed his wishes that the winners of the scholarship will cherish the honor， work hard and dare to create.
“When you grow up， I hope you can use your new concepts， knowledge and skills to adapt to and create a new life in the face of great changes brought about by the progress of science and technology so as to contribute to the development of the country and the world，” said Wang.
Zhu Zhiwen， vice-minister of the Ministry of Education delivers a speech during the ceremony.
On behalf of the sponsor of the activity， Zhu Zhiwen， vice-minister of the Ministry of Education， delivered a speech. He said that the Soong Ching Ling Scholarship， co-established by the National Ministry of Education， the CSCLF and the China Welfare Institute in 1994， is the only national-level scholarship awarded to students receiving a nine-year compulsory education.
According to Zhu， the scholarship is awarded every two years with the aim of promoting the spirit and qualities of Soong Ching Ling and motivate teenagers to become virtuous and skilled talents who have capacity for great achievements.
Cui Wei， the winner of the first Soong Ching Ling Scholarship， shares how the award-winning experience continues to motivate him.
There were 1，532 students from both primary and middle schools who were honored by the scholarship. They have set examples for children from across the country.
Jiang Yuyan， a seventh-grade student from Jiangong Middle School in Shaoxing city， lost her right arm and leg in a traffic accident when she was only four years old. In an exceptional case， the girl fell in love with swimming when she was nine. In 2017， Jiang won gold in the category of 100 meter freestyle during the Asian Youth Para Games.
“In water， I don‘t need the artificial limbs or the sticks. I can determine the direction and how far I can go just by myself，” said she.
Liu Ziyi， a six-grade student from Gongyuanlu Primary School in Liuzhou city， Guangxi province， was keen on robots when she was very young. She devoted herself to the study of robots with great passion， and clinched the championship twice at the German RoboCup China in 2016 and 2018.
Speaking of her dream， Liu said， “I want to be a scientist， a founder of the era of robots.”
Tan Jiawen， a student from Chongqing No 37 Middle School， took a fancy to soccer when she was a fourth-grader. Her efforts and insistence have brought her many titles： champion of the Chongqing Teenager Soccer Tournament， champion of the Chongqing Middle School Students Soccer Competition and champion of the Shenyang International Teenager Soccer Invitational Tournament.
“Playing soccer makes me happy，” Tan said， “though I’ve been feeling tired during these years of playing soccer， I will be content when I grow up because I‘ve always tried hard.”
Scholarship winners perform martial arts during the ceremony.
A five-day camp will be arranged for the scholarship winners. During the camp， a series of competitive activities will be held. The winners will visit the Soong Ching Ling Memorial Hall， the site of the first conference of CPC， the Polar Research Institute of China， the Shanghai Museum of Natural History and the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum.
The Soong Ching Ling Scholarship was set up by the Ministry of Education， the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and the China Welfare Institute in 1994. It is the only national scholarship awarded to students who receive nine-year compulsory education， and is awarded every two years with the aim of promoting the spirit of Soong Ching Ling and encouraging students to become people of virtue and capacity.
To date， a total of 12，250 outstanding students have been honored by the scholarship.
(Source： Fund Department)