In order to encourage foreign nonnative speakers of Chinese to take the HSK, the Ministry of Education of China and the National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language offer HSK scholarships to foreigners with excellent HSK scores.
Foreigners who are awarded HSK scholarships are invited to China for long-term or short-term academic programs so as to improve their understanding of the Chinese language and China's glorious history and culture.
After the completion of HSK every year, the State Committee for the Chinese Proficiency Test of China will determine the number of examinees to receive scholarships at each HSK center. The HSK centers will recommend nominees for the scholarships on the basis of their HSK scores. Examinees granted scholarships will be invited to China for an academic program in the following year. China will cover their tuition fees and accommodation fees and give them stipends for living expenses during their stay in China.
(China.org.cn August 30, 2004)