A nurse on the wrong side of Mao’s Communist revolution risks it all to flee China and find refuge in Hong Kong and, later, Singapore.
Her efforts to safeguard her six children — only four of whom survive infancy — change the fortunes of her descendants in ways she can scarcely imagine.
This story is at the heart of a considerable planned gift made to the Campaign for Concordia by Toronto neurologist Paul Hwang, BSc 70. Hwang arrived in Montreal on October 2, 1966, to attend Loyola College, which merged with Sir George Williams University to form Concordia less than a decade later.
By the end of his first term, he was awarded a full scholarship for his stellar academic performance. This kind of support is what Hwang wants to honour with his own bequest to establish a scholarship — named after professor Stanley Drummond, Concordia’s “father of biology” — for top science students who plan to attend medical school.
“As a foreign student, I was given an opportunity to be successful. How could I not provide the same opportunity now?” asks Hwang.
When he graduated in 1970, Hwang was awarded Quebec’s Minister of Education Silver Medal, given to the student with the best overall average in the sciences.
“It was a big moment for me. I was the first to come to Canada and make it. Loyola opened so many doors.”