A cultural programme to award scholarships to ethnic minority students nationwide who performed outstandingly in the 2014-2015 school year will take place in Ho Chi Minh City on June 13.

Themed “Lighting the dreams”, the event will be co-organised by the Vu A Dinh Scholarship Fund under the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee and Ho Chi Minh City Television.

At the June 10 conference to introduce the programme, former Vice President and Chairwoman of the Vu A Dinh Fund Truong My Hoa said the fund has implemented a number of projects to assist ethnic minority students nationwide in parallel with 5,000 scholarships provided to outstanding students annually.

Since the beginning of the year, the fund has received 37 billion VND (1.7 million USD) from individuals and organisations.

Thus far, the scholarship fund has helped build nine schools, including two primary schools on the Truong Sa Lon and Sinh Ton islands of Truong Sa archipelago, and over 50 houses and tens of concrete bridges in disadvantaged areas.-VNA