Edwin Leong (MSc 1974) is the chairman of Tai Hung Fai Enterprise Company, a real estate development firm he founded in Hong Kong in 1977. Recently, he established the Edwin S.H. Leong Scholarship, which will award $55,000 a year to each of two international students for entry into a U of T graduate program in science, physics, management, math or computer science.
Edwin Leong: My philanthropy is rooted in gratitude. Looking back, I feel that learning in a diverse environment at U of T was an important aspect of my maturity, and helped as I started my own business in my late 20s. My graduate degree gave me a solid foundation, and I give back to the university to ensure that outstanding students who are in need of support have similar opportunities. I’m delighted to see many successful alumni working in Hong Kong and contributing to the community. U of T’s strong international reputation continues to grow, and my graduate scholarship is intended to help attract the best and brightest students from around the globe to U of T.