On April 29, 2004, the first Tsinghua-Dumont Communication Scholarship awards ceremony was held at the School of Journalism & Communication of Tsinghua University. A total of 14 postgraduate students were awarded scholarships. The scholarships awarded included 2 Innovation Awards, 2 Academic Awards and 10 Encouragement Scholarships.
The second Tsinghua-Dumont Communication Scholarship awards ceremony was held on February 24, 2005, in the newly opened multi-media demonstration room at the School of Journalism & Communication. Seven postgraduate students won scholarships during this year’s competition. The scholarships awarded included 2 Originality Awards, 1 Comprehensive Award and 4 Encouragement Awards.
The Tsinghua-Dumont Scholarship Program is the first communication scholarship program established in China. The program is financed by the Dumont Fund set up by Serge Dumont, Chairman of Springford Investment Co.,Ltd.and managed in partnership with the China Youth Development Foundation.
According to Yang Xiaoyu, Deputy Secretary General of the China Youth Development Foundation, and Governor of the Dumont Fund, the Tsinghua-Dumont Scholarship Program was established in December 2003 as a public welfare initiative undertaken by the China Youth Development Foundation together in partnership with Mr. Dumont. Public welfare-related projects involving youths, individuals and organizations are the focus of the Dumont Fund. The Dumont Fund provides financial support and management expertise for the Tsinghua-Dumont Communication Scholarship Program. According to the agreement between Mr. Dumont and the School of Journalism & Communication of Tsinghua University, scholarships will be awarded every year for 5 years. The goal of Tsinghua-Dumont Communication Scholarship Program is to encourage outstanding postgraduates to pursue careers in communications. The scholarship program will run until 2007. ......