Several individuals, schools and businesses in the country have pledged to go with the Vu A Dinh scholarship fund for a long term to help poor and gifted students.

Representatives of the sponsors and the fund signed an agreement to this effect in Ho Chi Minh City on June 12.

Under the agreement, the sponsors will bring up poor and studious high school students and grant scholarships to others who are learning at secondary and high schools.

An art exchange programme themed “Lighting up dreams” will take place at the HCM City Television Theatre on June 15, during which the Vu A Dinh scholarships will be granted to students with outstanding study performance during the 2012-2013 school year.

The event also aims to honour domestic and foreign sponsors, who have made significant contributions to the fund.

The 2012-2013 school year marked the 14-year operation of the fund, which has so far provided more than 40,000 scholarships to poor and well performing ethnic students across the nation.

The fund has invested in a number of projects to help poor students. Especially, its “Brightening future” project has mobilised social sources to build a kindergarten in southern Binh Phuoc province and a primary school in Truong Sa Lon Island.-VNA