Awarded the Microsoft YouthSpark scholarship to 80 talented girls

On December 22, 2017

Awarded the Microsoft YouthSpark scholarship to 80 talented girls

On December 16th and 17th, 80 outstanding students who are passionate about Information Technology and Computer Science from nine universities across the country participated in the Microsoft YouthSpark scholarship and skills training session- held at Ha Noi University of Science and Technology.

The event was co- organized by The Center for Education and Development and Microsoft Viet Nam for 80 students majoring in Information Technology and Computer Sciences from the nine following universitites: Ha Noi University of Science and Technology; VNU University of Engineering and Technology (Vietnam National University, Ha Noi); University of Science (Hue University); Hue Industrial College; University of Science and Technology (The University of Da Nang);  Can Tho University; Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education; Ho Chi Minh University of Technology and University of Information Technology, Ho Chi Minh City.


Mrs Le Thi Hong Nhi, the Microsoft Community Relations Manager awarded the scholarships to the students.

“This is the second year that I have received the scholarship. I have experienced many changes since the first year I got it. I no longer feel depressed about difficult family circumstances anymore. I have more skills as well as memories with other scholarship recipients through the Microsoft training sessions; attended; meet and greets with successful people in the technology field… I always feel fortunate because I got support from many people. It is a great motivation for us to try, to accelerate the path of achieving our dreams.” Shared Nguyen Thi Tam, a sophomore majoring in Information Technology at Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City.

Unlucky as other schoolmates, Nguyen Thi Cam Van (Faculty of Information Technology, University of Science, Hue University) became disabled after a small fever. This led her to spend more time on the computer which she love. ”I am very fortunate to receive this scholarship. The scholarship has helped me pay a part of my tuition fees and living expenses, now I can  begin save up to buy a wheelchair, so I will not bother my friends.”shared Van

Nguyen Thi Cam Van (a sophomore student in the Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Science, Hue University) shared her feelings when receiving the scholarship.

These are the stories of Tam and Van. Each student that receives the Microsoft YouthSpark scholarship facing challenges situation, many are in particularly difficult circumstances but all of the students expressed an interest in IT. This year, the Microsoft YouthSpark scholarship continues to offer up to $ 600 in scholarships and a variety of skills training and exchange programs to help students pursue their dream in the field of information technology.

Associate Professor. Dr.Phil Pham Hoang Luong (Vice Rector of Hanoi University of Science and Technology) highly values the importance of the scholarships to the students in the IT field because it “not only supports them financially but also offers many practical and meaningful activities during the time the students receive the scholarship “. Dr Luong said that the professional training, soft skills training, seminars, career connections and volunteer opportunities that the program provides help students to get better jobs after graduation. “Therefore, the support from Microsoft at today’s event has practical significance . The scholarship program equips students with the necessary skills to be prepared at their job, to have a stable lives, to contribute to their families and the development of our country.” emphasized Luong

At the event, students also participated in a “Career development in Information Technology and Computer Sciences” seminar. The seminar discussed “Things you need to know when joining a technology project” soft skills training and career skills with guest speakers. The speakers included Mr Pham Hoang Luong, Associate Professor – Dr.Phil at Hanoi University of Science and Technology; Mr Hoang Long- Deputy CEO of PG Bank; Mrs To Kim Lien (CEO of Center for Education and Development), Mrs Dang Thi Thanh Van (CEO of Savvycom); Mrs Le Thi Hong Nhi (Microsoft Community Relations Manager); Mr Nguyen Duy Lan (Microsoft expert); Mrs Nguyen Thi Hau (Lecturer from the Faculty of Information and Technology, University of Technology, VietNam National University Hanoi); Mr Tran Anh Tuan (Vice President of Network Security at PWC); Mr Phi Dang Khoa (Microsoft Viet Nam expert).

Le Thi Hong Ha, a student from the Da Nang University of Technology shared: “I am very appreciative towards CED and Ha Noi University of Technology for organizing such a meaningful scholarship ceremony. The scholarship has given us a lot of inspiration and motivation to try harder, to pursue our passion. “

Beginning in 2016, Microsoft Vietnam, in collaboration with the Center for Education and Development, awards 80 scholarships each year, valued at $ 600 for students majoring in Computer Science and Information Technology. Up to this point, the scholarship has provided 160 scholarships with many opportunities for training and upgrading of professional skills and soft skills. Typical examples include the MakeWhatNext series, meet and greets with women in the technology field; Microsoft Office 365 and Azure training by Microsoft experts; training activities in Information Technology and Computer Science; soft skills training (communication, time management, teamwork,etc …); interacting with students from other scholarship programs (Merali, Future Energy AES-VCM) through outdoor activities in Xuan Thuy National Park, helping people with disabilities make stuffed animals or organizing a Mid-Autumn festival for children in Ba Vi…

In the first year of implementation, 151 female students were interviewed. In the second year, this number increased to 189 students. This shows that the scholarship is recognized positively among students, leading increased interest. Microsoft has also pledged to continue to fund 80 scholarships and activities in the 2018-2019 academic year to attract more woman into Computer Sciences and Information Technology.