The Study Encouragement Association of central Quang Nam province presented 140 scholarships worth over 210 million VND (9,730 USD) on April 23 to children who lost one or both parents in Typhoon Chanchu in 2006.

The Chanchu scholarship fund was established to financially support children in Tam Ky city and districts of Thang Binh, Nui Thanh, Dien Ban, Duy Xuyen and Que Son in Quang Nam province so that they can continue their studies.

The students, ranging from primary school age to college and university age, receive 800,000 VND – 3 million VND (37 USD – 140 USD) every year, depending on their level of study.

Founded in 2007, the scholarship fund has given out over 1,230 scholarships worth nearly 1.5 billion VND (69,510 USD) to date.

Typhoon Chanchu hit central provinces in May 2006, bringing heavy rain and winds up to 175 kilometres per hour. It claimed the lives of at least 21 people and around 220 missing fishermen have been presumed dead.-VNA