Scene at the event (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – “We are making efforts to give ethnic minority students bigger scholarships so they can cover living expense, study well and become good citizens,” said former Vice President Truong My Hoa, who is President of Vu A Dinh Scholarship Fund.

She made the remarks at the award ceremony of Vu A Dinh scholarships for impoverished ethnic minority students in Ho Chi Minh City on April 3.

The fund provides about 5,000 scholarships to needy students every year, according to the fund President.

Since the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, Vu A Dinh scholarships, worth 1 – 1.5 million VND each, were presented to poor students in 39 cities and provinces throughout the country as a gesture to recognize their hard work and motivate them to continue education, she noted.

In this school year, the Vu A Dinh scholarships have been award to over 161 excellent students from difficult backgrounds who are studying at schools in HCM City.

This year, Be Phuong Thao, a third-year student of the University of Science, Vietnam National University HCM City, received a scholarship for the second time.

“The scholarship has helped me cover parts of my living expenses and gave me motivation to continue study to become a math teacher and serve my hometown,” said Thao, who is from the Nung ethnic minority group.

In addition, the Vu A Dinh Scholarship Fund has also hosted a number of programmes to support ethnic minority students, including the “Mo duong tuong lai” (Pave the way to the future) project which provided education for 100 ethnic minority girls, 50 of whom has graduated with Bachelor’s degree.

The other, “Thap sang tuong lai” (Light the future) project, is designed to provide education for students from 6th to 12th grades. Some 270 students have benefited from the project so far.

The Vu A Dinh Scholarship Fund, established in 1999 by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee, aims to support ethnic minority students who are from poor families and achieve outstanding academic performances.-VNA