Introduction to the Teillon – Ludlow Scholarship Program

On July 29, 2015

The Foundation will sponsor a five-year scholarship program via CED that will enable 80 girls from low-income, rural areas in Mekong Delta region of Vietnam to pursue undergraduate studies at the An Giang University and the Can Tho University. This program is made possible through the generous support of  Ms. Meredith  Ludlow and Mr. Marc Teillon.  The young women will persue degrees in agriculture and information technology at two secular, hight respected regional universities: An Giang University and Can Tho University. The scholars will matriculate at the start of the 2015-2016 academic year. The cohort studying agriculture will graduate in spring 2019 and the cohort studying information technology will graduate in 2020.

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CED will help select scholarship recipients and manage the program’s day to day operations; the Foundation will design and set the program strategy, oversee the program and financial management systems, monitor implementation and evaluate impact, and provide regular technical assistance and advice. The scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, school fees, uniforms, room and board, books, and any required technical equipment or materials.

Selection Criteria and Process: Teillon – Ludlow sholarships will be awarded to low-income women who have been admitted into one of the approved universities listed above.  The candidates for the scholarships will have demonstrated academic achievement and a commitment to learning. Selection will be based on the following:

  • All scholarship recipients must be entering their first year of college or university;
  • All scholarship recipients must have secured admission to one of the approved universities listed above;
  • All scholarship recipients must be able to demonstrate financial need (documentation of family income will be reviewed; discussions with teachers and local government officials will also be conducted).

CED will work with above universities to ensure that all accepted female students are aware of the scholarship program. The Foundation and CED will jointly review applications and interview those applicants who meet the selection criteria. The students will be rated on the basis of need to ensure that students who receive the scholarships are from low-income families and could otherwise not afford the tuition. Each girl will be ranked based on financial need, secondary school academic performance, and university entrance examination scores, and the most qualified and needy girls will be offered scholarships.

Program Monitoring and Reporting

The Foundation staff will work closely with CED staff on scholarship management and monitoring of scholarship recipients. CED will be responsible for liaising with universities and students, and providing regular updates to The Foundation on the progress of the students. Through periodic check-ins, theFoundation program staff will ensure that all scholarship recipients are maintaining the required minimum grade point average of at least 2.0. If a scholar fails to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or above for two consecutive semesters, the Foundation will assess any extenuating circumstances and withdraw her from the scholarship program if appropriate. The Foundation exercises control and discretion to discharge and replace students who fail to meet the minimum GPA requirement. Replacement scholars will be selected as quickly as possible according to the same criteria with which the first group of scholars was chosen.