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University Scholarship Program

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Follow the process with us

Experience the USP cycle with us, from VietHope volunteers visiting universities to market the program, to reviewing applications and interviewing, to seeing the award ceremonies and meeting the students themselves!

Academic year

2020 – 2021


Finance is the first obstacle that low-income students in Vietnam face when receiving their university admission letters. Much of the joy experienced from receiving an acceptance and admission into the university is overwhelmed by the fear of financial costs: tuition, housing rental, course materials, living expenses, and so forth. “To continue or to give up?” is a real question that many students ask. Giving up means closing the door to their future that just opened. But continuing means becoming a burden for their families. Faced with this dilemma, many students choose to return to a life of manual labor instead of pursuing their intellectual dreams.

Moreover, for low-income students, the first year at university is a transition to a completely new life. These students are forced to confront intimidating changes in their living environment. Most grew up in far-flung towns and provinces, and have come to the big cities for the first time for college. During this transition, if students are assured a relatively firm financial situation, they will have more confidence and be more motivated to explore and grow. At this juncture, financial support will be a safety net as well as the first catapult to launch them closer to their futures.


Our approach

USP strives to help scholarship recipients in two ways:

[ 1 ]

To lessen the heavy financial burden of college, enabling students to succeed at the university.

[ 2 ]

To build a community of low-income youths dedicated to using their education to give back to their towns, villages and communities.

USP provides scholarships of $300, sufficient to cover tuition and educational supplies for one year. USP selects students based jointly on financial need, academic record and leadership potential in career and community.

Meet USP Scholars

Scroll through the slideshow below to meet some of our USP scholars. To find the most deserving students, USP employs a rigorous selection process comprised of two rounds. The first round is a paper application screening, which includes transcripts, essays, and professor recommendation. The second round is in-person interviews. See more details about the USP recruitment and selection process.

This robust selection process has helped VietHope find the most in-need and qualified students to receive the scholarship. Below are some statistics about our USP recipients in the past few years:

  • 90% have a high school GPA of 7.0 or higher, with 50% at 8.0 or higher (out of maximum 10.0 GPA).
  • On their university entrance exams, 55% scored 20 points or higher (out of maximum 30 points).
  • 50% come from families that live under the poverty line, as defined by the General Statistics Office of Vietnam.
  • 60% of their parents never attended school past middle school, and only 6% went beyond high school.
  • 46% have parents who are either deceased, have lost working ability, or are chronically ill.
  • 25% hold a job outside of school in order to help finance their university education.

Our outcomes

Based on annual fundraising results, over the past 15+ years, VietHope has been able to award 1,992 scholarships and enabled poor students to continue and fulfil their college dreams.

  • 2019

    123 scholarships, $300 each, were awarded in Saigon, Can Tho, and Hue

  • 2018

    127 scholarships, $300 each, were awarded in Saigon, Can Tho, and Hue due to extension in Hue

  • 2017

    100 scholarships, $300 each, were awarded in Saigon, the Mekong Delta, and Hue due to dramatic increase in tuition fee in Vietnam

  • 2016

    90 scholarships, $225 each, were awarded in Saigon, the Mekong Delta, and Hue.

  • 2013 - 2015

    80 scholarships annually, $200 each, were awarded in Saigon, the Mekong Delta, and Hue.

  • 2010 - 2012

    101 scholarships annually, $160 each, were awarded for the top 100 students from a pool of over 500 students.

  • 2009

    281 scholarships, $150each, were awarded for the top 100 students from a pool of 663 applications

In addition to financial support, approximately 25% of USP recipients each year receive admission into VietHope’s Youth Development Program, an intensive 7-day residential leadership development bootcamp.

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