Since it was established 15 years ago, the Nguyen Van Huong Scholarship has helped fulfill the dream of hundreds of medical students.
|SGGP Editor-in-Chief Nguyen Tan Phong gives scholarship to medical students in 2012 (PHoto: SGGP)|
In the beginning, the scholarship provided financial assistance to 30-40 students and doctors from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy and Ho Chi Minh City Training Center for Health Care Staff (now called Pham Ngoc Thach Medicine University), who volunteered to work in remote areas during their careers.
Since 2006, the scholarship has been given away by Saigon Giai Phong newspaper to 60 students, including students of Tu Du Obstetrics’ Village Midwives Training Class.
The scholarship amount has increased from VND2 million to VND5 million (US$239) and in 2011, a total of 80 scholarships worth more than VND300 million ($14,352) were given to medical students.
The fund was first set up with VND40 million donated by Health Minister Nguyen Van Huong and later it has received contribution from several benefactors. Contributions came from well-known physicians such as Prof. Duong Quang Trung, Prof. Nguyen Khanh Du, Dr. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, Dr. Phan Kim Phuong, Dr. Tran Dong A, and Dr. Nguyen Hai Nam.
Nguyen Tan Phong, Editor-in-Chief of Saigon Giai Phong Newspaper, affirmed at the scholarship giving ceremony recently that the newspaper will continue to conduct community-oriented social programs to share the burden of students from low-income families.