At the press conference (Source: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – Disadvantaged students with outstanding academic results in the 2017-2018 academic year in the Mekong Delta will receive scholarships from the “Vietnamese Seeds Fund” by the Nhan dan (People’s) newspaper for the first time this year.

Nguyen Hong Sam, head of the newspaper’s bureau in Can Tho city, told a press conference in the locality on August 13 that the scholarships will be funded by the Lien Viet Post JSC Commercial Bank.

Established in 2012, the fund aims to step up the campaign for building a more educated society, which involves improving the quality of learning at secondary schools located in wards and communes nationwide.

The awards ceremony is due to take place at Can Tho University on August 18, honouring 1,300 students from primary, secondary, and high schools across 13 regional cities and provinces.

Each scholarship will be worth 3 million VND (132 USD) which will granted to 100 students from each locality, at a total cost of 3.9 billion VND.

According to the Ministry of Education and Training, the rate of school dropouts in the Mekong Delta remains high compared to that in the Central Highlands and northwest, standing at 0.45 percent in elementary schools, 3.26 percent in secondary schools, and 3.94 percent in high schools.

It is largely attributed to the poor living conditions of many households, forcing children to leave school and earn a living in order to cover simple daily needs.

The scholarship programme looks to encourage their studies and support tens of thousands of poor students with excellent academic performances, thereby ensuring the welfare of society and nurturing young talent.–VNA