The scholarship amount for the 2017 – 2018 school year has doubled to 25 million VND. Additionally, scholarship recipients are supported through accommodation in the university’s dormitory and the purchase of a laptop (6.7 million VND/student for Agriculture majors and 11.2 million VND/student for Information Technology majors).
On the 18th and 20th of September, representatives of the Teillon-Ludlow Scholarship program and representatives from Can Tho and An Giang Universities interviewed 80 girls from the scholarship program in order to continue providing them with scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year.
The Teillon-Ludlow Scholarship, sponsored by Meredith Ludlow and Marc Teillon, provides financial support to 80 girls majoring in Information Technology or Agriculture at Can Tho or An Giang Universities until they graduate. Recipients of the scholarship were supported with 13 million VND each (2016 – 2017), as well as many English and soft skills training courses. For the 2017-2018 school year, the scholarship amount has doubled to 25 million VND. Additionally, scholarship recipients are supported through accommodation in the university’s dormitory and the purchase of a laptop (6.7 million VND/student for Agriculture majors and 11.2 million VND/student for Information Technology majors).
In order to continue receiving the scholarship, students have to maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher (following the 4 point system). Students who do not meet the requirement over 2 consecutive semesters will not be eligible for the scholarship and will be replaced by another qualified student.
Nguyen Thi Bich Van (a junior majoring in Food Technology, Agriculture and Applied Biology at Can Tho University) who received the scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year, shared that the scholarship supported her to cover some of the tuition fee so that she didn’t have to work part-time. Therefore, she was able to focus more on studying. Thanks to the soft skills training courses, she has better time management, which helps her balance studying and working. “I’m really happy that the scholarship amount has increased. I will use this money to buy some textbooks for my studies. My hard work in studying is all thanks to the sponsors of this scholarship,” Van said.
For Truong Thi My Nhung (a junior majoring in Information Technology at An Giang University), the best part is that she gets to live in the university’s dormitory. “Now that I am a junior, I need an atmosphere where I can study and interact with my friends. By living in the dormitory, I can do that, especially with girls from the scholarship program,” Nhung said.
With the increase in the scholarship fund this year, many girls shared that they will use the additional money for tuition fees, buying motorbikes, fixing laptops, supporting their parents, and attending some short-term training courses. Lam Thi Tuyet Suong (a junior majoring in Food Technology at An Giang University) said: “I want to strongly thank Mr. Teillon and Mrs. Ludlow for everything. I hope that the scholarship will continue to develop to help more girls who have disadvantages in life. I wish Mr.Teillon and Mrs. Ludlow health and success”.
Ms. Ha Thi Thuong, a program officer of the scholarship, who actively guides and supports the girls through all of the program’s activities, said that the program has to consider and create opportunities for girls that might lose the scholarship. “Many girls have disadvantages and subsequently have to work part-time, resulting in lower test scores. Their teachers and I must help and encourage them regularly,” Ms. Thuong said.
Ms. Thuong also reinforced that with support from the scholarship, the students must have the responsibility of maintaining good grades, so that the scholarships can be the most effective, and worth the consideration of Mr. Teillon and Mrs. Ludlow.