French Professor Odon Vallet (Center) grants scholarships to students (Photo: VNA)
A number of organisations across the country have granted scholarships to underprivileged students on the threshold of the new 2015-2016 school year.

On September 1, the “Meeting Vietnam” organisation in France awarded 174 Vallet scholarships to outstanding students from the Central Highlands and two from central Ninh Thuan and Khanh Hoa provinces.

The Vallet scholarship fund, chaired Vietnamese-French Professor Tran Thanh Van and funded by French Professor Odon Vallet, has supported over 20,000 students across Vietnam.

This year, the fund has presented 2,250 scholarships to students nationwide worth over 20 billion VND (889,600 USD).

The same day, the Study Promotion Society in the northern province of Thai Nguyen organised a programme to encourage students meeting with economic difficulties to continue studying.

The event granted scholarships to 200 local students from disadvantaged backgrounds, each worth one million VND (44.48 USD).

Implemented since 2013, the programme aims to support students, orphans and those suffering from terminal diseases.

Between 2013 and 2014, the programme raised nearly 5.5 billion VND (244,640 USD) to support 24,370 impoverished students in the province.-VNA