50 students from Vientiane received scholarships from the Siam Cement Group (SCG) yesterday, after the SCG announced the names of the recipients on Tuesday.
The scholarship fund handover ceremony took place in Vientiane on Wednesday and was attended by Deputy Minister of Education and Sports, Mr Lytou Bouapao, the Education and Sports Department’s Director, Mr Somphou Keopanya and President and CEO of SCG, Mr Roongrote Rangsiyopash.
SCG plans to provide an additional 100 scholarship funds to students in Thakhaek, Mahaxay and Nongbok district in Khammuan province.
The students will each receive 1,625,000 kip or 6,900 Thai baht toward their studies. Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Roongrote Rangsiyopash, said, “SCG wants to assist development of human resources throughout the country through the promotion of education.”
“Currently, SCG provide over 5,000 scholarships per year to students in Asean countries. SCG has already spent five years making the dreams of Lao students come true,” Mr Roongrote Rangsiyopash continued.
The SCG “Sharing the Dream” scholarship programme targets outstanding secondary level students from
poor families and is set to double the number previously awarded in the past.
The programme officers visited target students at their schools and homes and distributed scholarship application forms. The company has been operating in Thailand since 1913 and has provided scholarships to students in Laos since 2012.
In the first year, 99 scholarships were awarded in Vientiane and Khammuan, but this has continued to increase every year.
The project has collected information about target students’ studies and the status of their families to ensure the programme is well-directed to deserving recipients.
Source: Vientiane Times