Help on the way for ethnic-minority youth

A music program and a ceremony to award Vu A Dinh scholarships to ethnic- minority youth will take place at the City Opera House in HCMC’s District 1 at 8:30 tonight.


The program,  called Con duong vinh quang (A glory road), is organized by Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee, Vu A Dinh Scholarship Fund, Thieu nien Tien Phong newspaper and the International Media Company Limited.


Sponsorship for the night comes from organizations including Building Materials and Construction Co. (BMC), Minh Nhat Co., Ltd, Lang Nuong Nam Bo (Southern Barbecue Village), Vu Anh International Hospital, Minh Thanh Group, Van Thinh Phat Investment Corp., Rex Hotel Saigon and Saigon Pure Water Company (Sapuwa).


This year, a Vu A Dinh scholarship, worth VND1 million, will go to 5,000 students. A hundred and eighty five students will receive the scholarships on stage and the rest in their localities.


This year, for the first time, the organizing committee is granting an additional, special, Vu A Dinh award to 12 outstanding ethnic-minority students nationwide and five organizations that have contributed to developing the scholarship fund.


“We, the organizing committee, are trying to expand the fund. Specially, we have called on some businesses and education organizations to support ethnic-minority secondary students by giving them education, accommodation, stationery, clothes and facilities. These students will enjoy these benefits until grade 12,” former vice-president of Vietnam and chairwoman of the Vu A Dinh Scholarship Fund, Truong My Hoa, told the media.


So far, the fund has been in partnership with benefactors including T&T Group, SHB Bank and VinaCapital Foundation.


The scholarship is named after young ethnic-minority hero Vu A Dinh, who sacrificed his life in the war of resistance against the French colonialists. It was established in 1999 by Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and Thieu nien Tien Phong newspaper.


The scholarship fund calls for donations from local and foreign benefactors and enterprises to support ethnic-minority students in poor and remote areas in their education and to develop young human resources in ethnic-minority regions.


The fund also calls on businesses to build schools in poor regions.


After eleven  years of operation, the fund has sponsored 30,000 ethnic-minority students through scholarships and the building of five schools.


Source: english.thesaigontimes.vn

Collect by Nhu Ai SAPUWA


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