This year’s scholarship aims to support 100 students nationwide with a total fund of VND1.5 billion ($60,577) and provide a series of engagement activities throughout the year to equip them with sustainable mindsets. The programme has reaffirmed SCG’s continuous commitment to empowering the youth to realise the big dream for the country’s sustainable future.
|SCG Sharing the Dream 2022 scholarship announced to mark its 15-year journey |
SCG Sharing the Dream was initiated in 2008 to support human development in Vietnam through education. Throughout its 15-year history, the scholarship has given strength to more than 5,000 students nationwide, empowering them to overcome difficulties and achieve their life dreams through education.
In 2022, marking its 15th anniversary, the scholarship has innovated its scheme beyond financial support to nurture the mindset of its scholars toward sustainability.
Piyapong Jriyasetapong, general director of SCG Vietnam and representative of SCG said, “The world we live in is facing serious challenges caused by inequality, environmental destruction, conflicts, and many other unexpected issues. As the region's leading sustainable business, SCG has applied its ESG strategy throughout its operations to cope with and prepare for these changes. We believe that it is also important for the youth today to understand and be able to take action to address these global challenges.”
“Hence, our flagship programme Sharing the Dream aims to go beyond financial support to nurture a sustainable mindset amongst Vietnamese youth. Accordingly, our scholars will be engaged in a series of training sessions, field trips, and social activities, through which they can become responsible citizens who care for the country’s sustainable future," he added.
SCG Sharing the Dream 2022 provides 100 scholarships worth VND15 million ($605.33) each for students in their first to third years at public universities in the following majors: Science and Technology, Accounting, Business Administration, Marketing, Pharmacy and Economics, Design and Environment.
Under the theme Sustainable Future Starts From Your Dreams, students who receive the scholarship are also able to join many engagement activities throughout the programme including the Competencies for Social Innovators training series to incubate their ideas and skills through real-life social projects, the implementation of ESG projects in communities funded by SCG, and ESG tours at SCG’s green operations nationwide.
As the programme’s partner this year, a representative from the Central Youth Union stated, “Every year, the Central Youth Union and the Central Team Council have organised a variety of activities to help students with difficult circumstances succeed in their education and in their lives. In addition, as an organisation representing children's voices and aspirations that carries out the mission of protecting the legitimate rights and benefits of young people, we are honoured to partner with SCG in such a meaningful campaign to not only support disadvantaged students to pursue their educational dreams but also to prepare them with a future-proof mindset. The public-private collaboration in the field of human development will result in a fruitful programme, supporting the nation’s next generation to move toward a sustainable future.”
Nguyen Vu Nhu Quynh, who has received the SCG Sharing the Dream scholarship since 2018 and joined SCG in a series of ESG activities last year, also expressed her appreciation for the programme, “The scholarship from SCG has supported me financially and thanks to that I can pursue my study dreams. Also, it has changed my life and my mindset in understanding the sustainable development concept. With all these benefits from the programme, I can apply the knowledge I have not only to my study and my personal life but also to any social activities I take part in.”
This eventually helped Quynh’s team achieve the first national prize in the ESG Ideas Pitching contest, which focuses on innovative ideas that improve the environment to ensure a better world for future generations.
Besides the core values of this scholarship, AskNow application – an online tutoring platform that provides instant support for students during their school assignments – also accompanies SCG in this year's programme. Accordingly, students in primary and secondary schools who have difficult circumstances will receive a code to activate accounts on AskNow and 100 scholarships worth VND2 million ($86.96) each.
Through the application, students in remote areas can learn more effectively, anytime and anywhere. The initiative aims to deliver 36,000 questions which are equivalent to VND270 million ($11,740) and hopes to help thousands of students.
With the desire to have a positive impact and shape green living for the younger generation and the wider community, SCG creates an online engagement activity ESG Challenge within the framework of the SCG Sharing the Dream scholarship. This is a playground which encourages practical joint actions to protect the environment. The challenge is an opportunity for those who love the environment to share their voices to bring a green and positive spirit to the community.
In recent years, SCG has stepped forward to lead Vietnamese students closer to the concept of sustainable development and ESG. Along with the SCG Sharing the Dream Scholarship and the ESG Ideas Pitching contest, students are also given a chance to join an ESG Camp hosted by SCG. These initiatives not only enhance students’ domain knowledge but also develop skills that will help them address the environmental and social issues of the present and the future.
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