The “Vu A Dinh” Fund presented scholarships to 35 Khmer ethnic students in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang at a ceremony on December 17.

Those students, who are from poor families in Tinh Bien and Tri Ton districts, have had outstanding academic performance.

Speaking at the ceremony, Former Vice President Truong My Hoa, who is President of the fund, said the granting of scholarship aims to encourage ethnic children from disadvantaged background to keep up their good work.

An Giang province is home to around 80,000 Khmer ethnic people who account for 4.2 percent of its population. Schools in the province teach subjects in both Vietnamese and Khmer languages.

Established in 1999, “Vu A Dinh” Scholarship Fund has so far given over 50,000 scholarships to students from poor ethnic communities and helped build schools, bridges and houses for the poor.

It has been raising money for the construction of schools in islands as well as implementing a number of specialised education projects.-VNA