As many as 115 disadvantaged students will benefit from the 2012-2014 English-language Access Scholarship programme funded by the US Department of State, the US Embassy in Vietnam said in a press release on April 8.

The programme was launched in Hanoi the same day.

Under the scheme, the selected middle and high school students from less developed districts of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hung Yen and Nghe An provinces will be sponsored to take after-school English classes at local English language centres for two years with a total of 360 hours of instruction.

The English Access Micro-scholarship Programme, a global exchange programme of the US State Department, has been implemented in Vietnam since 2009 with a total funding of more than 350,000 USD.

Until now, 136 Vietnamese students have graduated from courses under this programme.-VNA