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First Huo Songlin Chinese Classics Studies Scholarship awarded



On March 30, the first "Huo Songlin Chinese Classics Studies Scholarship" were awarded to ten Shaanxi Normal University students at a ceremony held at the Wenhui Building on the university's Chang'an campus.

SNNU vice president Gao Ziwei, Educational Foundation secretary-general Liu Jianbin, Graduate School vice dean Song Chuandong, Prof. Gao Yinong, representative of Prof. Huo's family, School of Chinese Language and Literature vice dean Zhao Xueqing, School of Fine Arts vice dean Wei Bin, School of History and Civilization vice dean Li Bingzhong, Institute of Northwest Historical Environment and Economic and Social Development vice dean Wang Shejiao and the awarded students attended the ceremony.

Liu Jianbin first briefed about the background and review of the scholarship, saying it was created in 2014 with the RMB 450,000 yuan donated by Prof. Huo to promote fine traditional Chinese culture and commend students of Chinese Classic Studies, i.e. full-time graduate students majoring in Classic Chinese Literature and six other majors. He then announced the names of ten students as the recipients of the 2016 First Huo Songlin Chinese Classics Studies Scholarships: Liu Yanqing and three other doctoral students and Li Shenxi and five other master's students.

VP Gao and other officials awarded the certificates of honor to the students, who presented a piece of calligraphic work to Prof. Gao as a token of their gratitude.

Liu Yanqing, a class 2018 doctoral student of SCLL, spoke on behalf of the recipients. He thanked Prof. Huo's advocate for Chinese Classic Studies and vowed to keep pursuing the research with the encouragement and inspiration from the scholar.

Prof. Gao said that Prof. Huo, himself a much respected and renowned scholar originating from a small village in Gansu province, had always hoped young students could carry on and disseminate the spirit of Chinese Classic Studies, and help to remold the Chinese character as a Chinese versed in Chinese Classic Studies.

VP Gao said that the awarding of the Huo Songlin Scholarship was a landmark event in the university's history. He hoped the awarded students could understand the purpose and meaning of the scholarship, take up the tasks and expectations placed on them, study Chinese Classics and carry forward the spirit of Chinese nation, and inherit and disseminate traditional Chinese culture to the world.

Text by Feng Wei

Photo by Kong Dong

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