(The Hanoi Times) (5/9/2010) 2,150 scholarships worth 12 billion VND were granted to outstanding Vietnamese students nationwide, marking the tenth year the Meeting Vietnam Organisation (MVO) has carried out the mission inVietnam. On September 3 in Hanoi, the MVO also presented 133 scholarships, each worth 7.5 million VND, to excellent postgraduate students in the northern region. Earlier, about 500 students from the southern region, 219 students from thecentral provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh and Phu Yen andDa Nang city, 225 students from Hue city and 140 from Nghe An province were also awarded with the scholarships. Since 2001, the Odon Vallet scholarships have been granted to disadvantaged students excelling in study and scientific research. The scholarships were sponsored by Odon Vallet, a doctor of law in France-based Sorbonne University, through MVO, chaired by Vietnamese French Tran Thanh Van. KTD
(VOV News) (26/8/2010) 219 students in the southcentral region who study well and get high marks for natural science and literature were awarded Odon Vallet scholarships in Da Nang City on August 26. The scholarship fund was established by Prof. Odon Vallet through the “Meeting Vietnam” organisation founded by Prof. Tran Thanh Van. Prof. Vallet personally granted scholarships to students in Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Da Nang City. The scholarships, worth a total of VND1.1 billion, were given to 34 students from Da Nang and Quy Nhon Universities (VND7.5 million per student) and 185 students from high-schools, secondary schools, and ethnic boarding schools (VND5 million per student). This is the 8th time Vallet scholarships have been granted to students in the central region. Prof. Odon Vallet is from France’s Sorbonne University. He has received a large inheritance valued at EUR100 million and decided to give the annual interest on this fortune to poor students in France and Vietnam. Since 2001, through the “Meeting Vietnam” organisation, the Odon Vallet scholarship fund has given scholarships to thousands of Vietnamese students. In 2010 alone, 2,150 students nationwide received Odon Vallet scholarships totalling VND12 billion.
(The Saigon Times) (25/8/2010) Over 400 Vietnamese high school and university students in southern Vietnam received scholarships on Saturday from a French philanthropist and scientific organization, Rencontres du Vietnam (Meetings of Vietnam). French professor Odon Vallet granted the Vallet Scholarships worth VND7.5 million for university students and young researchers, and VND5 million for highschool students in HCMC on Saturday to students who came from as far as Binh Thuan Province north of HCMC and the southern most province Ca Mau. This is the 10th year of the Vallet scholarship program for excellent students. It also assists students from poor families in Vietnam. So far this year 2,150 Vallet scholarships have been awarded here worth VND12 billion, compared to VND9 billion in 2009. There have been a total of 17,000 such grants since 2001. Following HCMC, Vallet and Rencontres du Vietnam will go to Dalat, Danang, Hue, Dong Hoi, and Hanoi to grant the rest of scholarships until September 5. In 1993, President of Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Nguyen Van Hieu had an idea to set up a scientific association. He told professor Tran Thanh Van, a Vietnamese physicist working in France, and Van set up Rencontres du Vietnam there. Physicists, scholars and Nobel prize winners have traveled to Vietnam to attend scientific conferences held by the association. Tran Thanh Van and Nguyen Van Hieu also opened the Vietnam School of Physics in Vietnam which holds two week summer and winter schools for masters, doctorate and post doctorate students in English. Encouraged by the organization’s valuable work, Professor Odon Vallet, who represents the Vallet family, decided to contribute to the organization, the interest from a 100 million euro inheritance. Every year, the French professor Odon Vallet and his friends, professor Tran Thanh Van and Van’s wife Le Kim Ngoc return to Vietnam to hand over scholarships in person. Tuong Vi