Disadvantaged youth from REACH will have a great chance to further their education with a full scholarship, worth AUD 92,000, from RMIT University Vietnam.
The opportunity will be offered to one REACH alumni who have achieved an outstanding performance while participating in the REACH program.
This offer has been confirmed by an MoU signed between REACH and RMIT University Vietnam on 18 March in Ho Chi Minh city.
Per the MoU, REACH will promote the RMIT Scholarship among its alumni network. REACH is responsible for collecting applications, identifying and shortlisting applicants on behalf of RMIT Vietnam, and referring them to RMIT for the final decision.
“There is no difficulty to identify a number of excellent students at REACH”, Tam Pham, REACH’s Executive Director, says. “But it is a difficult job to decide who should go on. All of them are amazing, and they have proven how great they have done during and after studying at REACH”.
The successful applicant will receive a massive package of benefits from the program. This includes a full English and Higher Education tuition fee, monthly living stipend, accommodation, a laptop, and home travel allowance (if applicable). They will also benefit from the expertise and global experience of RMIT’s academic staff, high-quality facilities and infrastructure, and an industry-informed curriculum and strong industry connections.
In addition to these, the student will have opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities organized by student clubs and societies, and study abroad at one of RMIT’s 200 partner universities all over the world.
“The opportunity will significantly advance our student’s career pathway”, Pham comments. “For many disadvantaged students at REACH, this is definitely a life-changing opportunity that they could never have imagined before”.
RMIT is a global university of technology, design, and enterprise. RMIT Vietnam was founded in 2000 under a not-for-profit model. It brings a world-class education and globalized study environment to one of the fastest-growing regions in Asia. The university has raised it as a school for community development by providing scholarships and sharing teaching methodologies with local schools.
“Our scholarship program aims to ensure that talented Vietnamese students have the opportunity to excel through an international standard of higher education”, says RMIT Vietnam Executive Dean, Professor Rick Bennett. “Since 2014, and with a closer focus on community impact, RMIT Vietnam has awarded 12 scholarships to students who are living under disadvantaged circumstances both physically and financially, with a total value of more than 19.5 billion VND.”
REACH identified 8 of the most talented graduates at the pre-application round. After that, we chose 3 candidates through an interview and an English test. These three applicants are instructed to prepare a full application to refer to RMIT before 10 July 2020.
The winner of the scholarship will be announced by RMIT on 7 September 20207 September 2020.
Besides REACH, 3 other local NGOs including KOTO, Vietnam Blind Association, and Sao Mai Center for the Blind also receive scholarships for their students.