About High school scholarships

With funding from various organizations and individuals, The Asia Foundation (TAF) assists disadvantaged female students who desire to finish high school.

The value of each scholarship per student per academic year is VND 4,400,000. While this amount is not able to cover the total cost of living and study for high school students, it will be a stable and adequate financial source to cover any essential living costs and educational expenses for the academic year.

In addition to the financial support, the scholarship will also organize activities and necessary skills training courses for the students in the program.

High school scholarships include the following programs:

  • The Asia Foundation Scholarship – funded by Estee Lauder company
  • The Asia Foundation Scholarship – funded by The Dodson family
  • The Asia Foundation Scholarship – funded by FOTAF
  • The Asia Foundation Scholarship – funded by Mark and Thuy Barnett Foundation
  • The Asia Foundation Scholarship – funded by Lana Condor family
  • The Asia Foundation Scholarship – funded by Lan Le family
  • The Asia Foundation Scholarship – funded by Rythm


To be eligible for this scholarship all candidates must:

  • Be a female high school student;
  • Have good or excellent academic results;
  • Be motherless, fatherless, or an orphan;
  • Have at least one parent that is unable to work;
  • Live in an impoverished household (certified by local authorities).

Application Requirements

Female students who meet the above criteria should send one set of documents to the provincial Education Promotion Association (EPA) for scholarship consideration.  These include:

  • Completed application form (with confirmation of student’s parents);
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) with photo, declaration of family background, and a copy of family record book (certified by the local authorities);
  • Certified school transcript of all semesters.

Admission process

  1. The Asia Foundation (TAF), in partnership with CED, will provide detailed information on:
    • selection criteria;
    • the admission process;
    • number of scholarships awarded in an academic year for each province;
    • benefits and responsibilities of female high school students who receive scholarships;
    • prerequisites for maintaining scholarship in the following academic years.
  2. This information will be sent by TAF and CED to the provincial EPAs at the beginning of the school year.
  3. The provincial EPA will inform the schools and their management board, and then notify the information of the scholarship program to parents and students.
  4. Based on the scholarship criteria, the female students will either register themselves or be recommended by the school’s management board or home room-teacher.
  5. The management board will collect application forms and make a list of candidates, then send it back to the provincial EPA.
  6. The provincial EPA will review and compile a list of female students who meet the criteria and send it to TAF and CED for further consideration.
  7. TAF and CED will meet to select the most suitable female students based on their application documents. Successful candidates are required to submit a complete set of documents.
  8. Based on these documents, TAF and CED will organize a final meeting to select the final students awarded with the scholarship. TAF and CED will also conduct random inspections or interviews with some prospective students during the admission process.
  9. The list of successful candidates who receive The Asia Foundation scholarship will be sent to the provincial EPAs. The provincial EPAs are responsible for notifying the school of these candidates.

Monitoring Process

  • The Asia Foundation (TAF) will develop strategies and systems for monitoring the program, financial management, and impact assessments. TAF will also provide technical assistance and advice to partners for effective management of the scholarship program.
  • CED is responsible for assessing the demand, selecting the female students, and setting up a management system in each province to implement the scholarship program. CED will coordinate with provincial EPAs to monitor academic results of the female students receiving scholarships. CED also organizes annual inspections with the EPA in each province.
  • School’s management board and teachers will directly supervise the academic results of the female students who receive scholarships, as well as support and help them overcome difficulties to achieve the best academic results.
  • The provincial EPA must store application documents of the students who are currently receiving the scholarship as well as the ones who have graduated and update the database every year. TAF and CED will instruct the EPA to update and manage the data.

Scholarship information will be shared with the public and through media platforms before the scholarship recruitment process takes place. The aim is to make the admissions process as transparent as possible so to be able to select the most suitable female student for the scholarship.

Maintaining Scholarships in Following Academic Years

The prerequisite for high school female students to continue to receive TAF scholarship in the following years is that they must have achieved good or excellent academic results. Students with average academic performance are excluded from the program.

Benefits of the Program

  • If young students maintain good/excellent academic results then they may be granted a scholarship for the remainder of their high school career.
  • The scholarship support will be distributed twice a year; the first payment will be made at the beginning of the school year (October), and the final payment at the beginning of the second semester (March).
  • Students will have the chance to participate in career-orientation activities, soft skills training, and extra-curricular activities organized by the program. Depending on the funding, the program staff will organize life skills training and career-orientation activities for the students during the program implementation.

Responsibilities of the Program

For students:

  • The student must attempt to study well to achieve top grades in order to deserve the support of the program;
  • The student must remain in regular contact and provide accurate and updated information for the program via –
    • Email: thuonght@ced.edu.vn
    • Hotline: 043.562.7494
    • Phone number: 0388.706.696 (Ms. Thuong).

If the student’s situation changes at all throughout the duration of the scholarship program then the student is required to notify the program immediately using the above details. You may also contact via mobile number – 0388.706.696 (Ms. Thuong).

For parents:

  • Families, especially parents of the female students, should encourage, support and create the best conditions for them to study well;
  • Use scholarship money for the right purpose.
  • If a student wants to withdraw from the program due to any reason a withdrawal application with explanation must be provided. The application form must be certified and show the student’s parental commitment to refund the scholarship money that they received but did not use.
  • In the case of when a student does not achieve the outlined learning requirements, after receiving support from the management board, an announcement about scholarship withdrawal will be sent to the student. They will be required to refund the unused amount of the scholarship.

>> More detail: Handbook of High School Scholarships <<


The Asia Foundation Center for Education and Development
33 Truc Bach Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi

Website: www.asiafoundation.org

Contact person: Ms. Dinh Kieu Nhung

Email: nhung.dinh@asiafoundation.org

Phone number: (024) 3943-3263 (extension 103)

18thA Floor, MD Complex Tower, #68 Nguyen Co Thach Street, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi

Phone: (84-4) 3562.7494

Email: cedhanoi@ced.edu.vn

Program manager: Ha Thi Thuong: 0388.706.696