President Tran Dai Quang (second, left) presents a reward to a student (Photo: VNA)

Ninh Binh (VNA) – Outstanding students and athletes of the northern province of Ninh Binh were honoured by the Dinh Bo Linh study and talent encouragement fund on September 18.

Addressing the presentation, attended by President Tran Dai Quang, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tong Quang Thin commended the 199 students and athletes who made remarkable achievements in studying, scientific research and sports.

Many of them won prizes at national and international contests or entered universities with good marks, others secured medals at regional and international junior sports competitions, said Thin, who is also Managing Director of the fund.

More than 726 million VND (32,500 USD) was presented to award winners at the ceremony.

The fund, set up in March 2012, has granted scholarships and rewards to more than 1,400 students so far.

It is named after Dinh Bo Linh, a national hero who defeated 12 warlords to unite the country and declared himself King Dinh Tien Hoang in the 10th century. He chose Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh province as the capital and named his kingdom Dai Co Viet (Great Viet).-VNA