Loreto hands out more scholarships to poor kids in Vietnam metro

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The Loreto Vietnam-Australia Program (LVAP) has granted 95 second-semester scholarships Monday to needy children attending Vo Van Thang Primary School in Ho Chi Minh City's Hoc Mon District.

The VND500,000 scholarships are similar to those given by the LVAP to the same kids in the first semester, as part of the charity organization's biannual rural scholarships, which aim to provide disadvantaged kids a stable education they would not be able to enjoy otherwise.

This, as LVAP said, reaffirms its 2013 mission: to reach remote, poor families and provide them a stable base for an assured education for their children.

Furthermore, two special scholarships, each worth VND1,000,000, were distributed to two first grade students by the SABIC Company, a Saudi Arabian chemical firm, in partnership with the Loreto Program.

The two recipients have each been granted VND6,000,000 in scholarship money for the 2012-2013 School Year.

The LVAP also granted an extra scholarship to a poor 12th grader who previously attended Vo Van Thang Primary School, which was the charity group's first project in 1997.

Speaking to the children at the scholarship delivery ceremony, LVAP CEO Trish Franklin said, "The Loreto Team and SABIC representatives are very happy to see you again.

"This second term is very important to all of you, so we are here to let you know that we care very much and encourage you to study hard and listen to your teachers and parents. We will come back by the end of this School Year to check your marks and your progress."

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