|SAN FRANCISCO, April 3, 2018 -- Nearly 30 self-financed Chinese students studying in western U.S. have become the latest group of successful students receiving a prestigious government award for their outstanding academic achievements.
At a ceremoy held at the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco on Sunday, Chinese Consul General Luo Linquan presented certificates and scholarships ranging from 6,000 to 10,000 U.S. dollars to each of the students from the San Francisco consular district, which covers the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Nevada, as well as Northern California.
The students were among 500 winners from 25 countries who were honored for their remarkable achievements in 2017 with the Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad, an annual program sponsored by the China Scholarship Council, a non-profit agency affiliated with China's Ministry of Education.
Since the award was established in 2003, a total of 5,915 outstanding Chinese students have received the highest honor given by the Chinese government to students studying in foreign universities who do not receive financial support from the government.
Luo said at the annual conferring ceremony that the 27 students who received the award in person are representatives of excellent Chinese students who study overseas.
He hoped the students will uphold the spirit of patriotism, closely follow the latest social and scientific advances back in China, and combine their own personal dreams with ongoing development in their homeland, so as to fulfill their values at a broader level.
The students are good-will ambassadors of the two countries' friendship, Luo said, adding that they should take a more active part in cultural exchanges between China and the U.S., which will facilitate efforts to boost mutual understanding between the two peoples.
As winner of the top award of the scholarships, Tianyu Liu is working on a post-doctoral program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Liu said China has made great strides in physical chemistry and energy storage, his current area of study. The Chinese government has invested more in new energy with greater financial resources.