Following a suggestion in 2012 by Nelson Branch, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) has established the Appo Hocton Scholarship for students from our sister city, Huangshi, who come to study at NMIT. The students will be funded for one year. NMIT generously offered to waive course fees. NZCFS Nelson would provide some extra funding and friendship.
Members of the branch were really pleased to welcome the first two Appo Hocton scholars: Gong Xiao Min (Sandie) and Sun Xue Qing (Suzy), to Nelson on Sunday, August 4, 2013.
Gong Xiao Min has spent three years in Hubei Polytechnic University’s Bachelor degree programme, majoring in Visual Arts, and will complete a Bachelor of Arts and Media at NMIT. She enjoys sports, particularly volleyball.
Sun Xue Qing has gained a Bachelor of Financial Management at Hubei Polytechnic University and intends to complete a Bachelor of Commerce at NMIT. Her interests include music and singing so perhaps we will benefit from her talent at a function some time. Her sporting interests are swimming and hiking.
This will be a challenging time for them both as they adjust to a completely new environment – We wish them well in their studies and for their time in Nelson. The Branch will be helping to support them in any way and hope to see them along at meetings.
Teri France, October, 2013