The Scholarship Fund

"Creating Opportunities to Transform Futures"

3rd Annual Community Campaign Success!

We have completed our 130,000 USD goal and a new scholar funded by the community will start UNIS Hanoi in 2017-2018 - THANK YOU! 

Our UNIS Hanoi Scholarship Programme is about investing in success! The success of our School, our scholars, and the future success they will bring in building a better world!

Our five-year Scholarship Fund campaign will create three new Scholarship places in perpetuity... with your help!

Talented local students from disadvantaged families will be given the opportunity to attend UNIS Hanoi for High School and transform their lives thanks to our community's generosity. 

Make Your Gift and help make a difference!

Every gift counts and every cent of every dollar will go directly to funding new scholarship places, just like the one that you are going to hear about now, that transformed one life forever. Listen to the story of our first Scholar, Nam Nguyen, who graduated in 2015.

Nam's Story

About The Scholarship Fund

The UNIS Hanoi Scholarship Programme was launched to celebrate the School's 25th Birthday. Its goal is three fold:

  • To provide outstanding opportunities to talented young Vietnamese students from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • To enrich the experience of our existing students through the inspirational role models of our scholars
  • To invest in the future of Vietnam with the sincere hope that our scholars will continue to impact and inspire for the future of their country's development.

When the Scholarship Programme launched the School only had budget funds to support six places. The Scholarship Fund Campaign will fund three, new, additional places with your help.

Our goal is to raise $2.5 Million USD over five years to create three new Scholarships in perpetuity.

We are fundraising both through Annual Community Campaigns, and a major gifts campaign to build a Founders Fund for our new Scholarships to provide the security of a invested fund which will finance the Scholarships for the future.

And thanks to the success of our campaign so far, as we enter year three of the campaign, we already have eight scholars at UNIS Hanoi! Join us creating opportunities to transform futures!


Who can give?


Our Annual Campaign for the The Scholarship Fund is about what we can achieve when we all work together as a community.

  • We hope that every family will make a contribution.
  • We hope that every teacher and staff member will make a gift.
  • We hope that all our alumni families will join us and make a donation.

Our goal is to have 100% of our families, faculty, staff and alumni make a gift to The Scholarship Fund.


We hope to receive a range of gifts from 1 USD to +10,000 USD and every gift will help us achieve our goal together. Each family, each individual member of our community can make a difference.

Imagine what we can achieve together! The Annual Campaign is about a community sharing a vision and everyone making their own contribution, at their own level, to achieve that goal.

Only you can decide what is the right level gift for you.

What about corporate gifts?

We welcome gifts from companies and we will be developing a special recognition package.

We will be actively seeking investment from companies as we build our campaign over the next five years.

Please contact our Director of Advancement, Emma Silva ,  if you would like to make a connection to The Scholarship Fund for a corporate donation.

What about gifts from people who are not UNIS Hanoi families, alumni or employees?

Our primary goal is the people power of mobilizing our own direct UNIS Hanoi community, but we  are happy to accept gifts from those who are inspired by the vision of our Scholarship Programme and want to contribute as a Friend of the School.

We celebrate all gifts to The Scholarship Fund as philanthropic acts of generosity.

What is the vision for scholarship fundraising?

Our first Scholar powerfully describes the experience of learning at UNIS Hanoi as the shattering of a shell to release his potential.

Education has the power to transform lives – not just individual lives but those of entire communities, and our vision for The Scholarship Fund is no less than that – to create opportunities to transform futures.

UNIS Hanoi was founded to help the development of this country through the partnership of the United Nations and the Vietnamese government, and we are proud of our community’s continued support in pursuit of this shared Vision:

Our learning community will be an inspirational role model for a better world.”

To celebrate the School’s 25th Anniversary, UNIS Hanoi honored its host country by establishing a Scholarship Programme to provide a UNIS Hanoi High School education to talented Vietnamese nationals from low income families.

The School can only resource a very limited number of Scholarships through its budget and the programme is at capacity with six full tuition scholarships. Our ambitions for the Scholarship Programme go beyond budget.

The goal for our fundraising campaign is to expand our Programme through our community’s direct generous support. We are seeking community-wide contributions to increase our programme by 50% and create three additional scholarships in perpetuity, creating opportunities to transform futures that will keep on giving.

Our five year goal to raise $2.5 Million USD will create one new Scholarship every year and build an invested fund to ensure the future our three new Scholarships forever.

Meaningful change starts with small steps, one life at a time, one year at a time.

What is the UNIS Hanoi Scholarship Programme?

The UNIS Hanoi Scholarship Programme gives the opportunity for talented Vietnamese students from low income families, who are excelling at their local Hanoi district school to enter UNIS Hanoi with a full (100%) fees waiver until graduation.

Students may apply to the UNIS Hanoi Scholarship Programme for entry to Grade 8, Grade 9 or Grade 10. In all cases, the 100% Scholarship is valid until their graduation from UNIS Hanoi.

In addition to the 100% fees waiver, the Scholarship Programmes provides:

  • Annual ‘Starting School Kit’ to provide all resources needed including bus service
  • Funding each year for participation in one major international school event, for example, Model United Nations in Singapore, Global Issues Network conference or an APAC (Asia Pacific Activities Conference) sports tournament or festival
  • All external exam (PSAT/SAT) and university application fees.

For more detailed information about the Scholarship Programme please refer to our website.


Is the programme successful?

The Ministry of Education and Training has recognized the value of the UNIS Hanoi Scholarship Programme for the “investment in the future of our country that the programme represents.” (UN Day, 2014)

The programme is too young to be measured by any meaningful metrics, we can only share the stories of our young scholars in their own words and from the teachers who work with them. We are proud of our Scholars and of their commitment, hard work and joyful talent which has enriched all those around them.

“My life has changed since the moment I first stepped through the gate of UNIS. In retrospect, I can see a Nam Nguyen hiding himself in the shell of a reserved bookworm who struggles to maintain the conversation in any topic different from Mathematics for more than 5 minutes. But, at the moment I stood in front of the high school student body and made my Senate speech, that shell was broken into pieces. From a shy and somewhat distant boy, I developed myself to become an amicable friend, a dynamic learner, a courageous risk-taker and an influential leader. At UNIS, I found a fervent inspiration to learn, to grow up and to strive for what I used to find unachievable.  This inspiration comes from nowhere else but my talented friends, my enthusiastic teachers and from the people whom I don’t know but are contributing day by day toward UNIS community – my big family.”       Nam (Class of 2015)

The enrichment that our scholars are bringing daily to the classroom is clearly expressed by this faculty member:

“There is a never a conversation about Maths in High School that Nam’s name is not mentioned. And not only because he is a gifted student, but because he is a generous and gifted teacher who takes time to help his peers.”                                                                             Neil Fairbairn (HS Maths)                                                                        

The Programme graduated its first Scholar in June 2015. UNIS Hanoi is excited to watch how both each Scholar’s individual future is shaped, and how they will shape the future of others and this world. 

How willl we achieve vision?

We will fundraise $2.5 Million USD over five years to achieve two goals:

  1. To create one new Scholarship every year through a community-wide Annual Campaign. These scholarships are currently valued at $130,000 and the School will fundraise 500,000 USD over five years.*
  2. To build an invested Founders Fund to ensure the future our three new Scholarships. This fund is valued at $2 Million USD.**

Both goals will be achieved through gifts from the UNIS Hanoi community; parents, faculty, alumni and corporate partners.

We know that meaningful change starts with small steps and this year we start a journey together – one life at a time – one year at a time.

All community gifts, large and small, will be used to create our new Scholarships and 100% of every gift will be used to create opportunities to transform futures.

*Based on an annual 5.75% tuition increase
**Based on a 5% interest rate with capital accumulated over 5 years


How can you support the Programme?

We hope that every member of our community will be inspired to support the opportunity for change that the Scholarship Programme represents and make a gift to help transform a future.

Every gift counts and although our long term vision is ambitious, we know that no gift is too small in helping to achieve our goals, both year on year and for the future.


Make a gift to the Annual Campaign:

Our Annual Campaign will have the goal of funding one, new 4-year scholarship every year. The goal for our second year campaign is 130,000 USD.

This Annual Campaign is the foundation of our fundraising, building excitement and ownership within our community for a goal that we can achieve together for the future of our scholars and Vietnam:

  • Gifts may be made in multiple installments and pledged for multiple years
  • We recognize the gifts in categories inspired by our host country’s powerful symbolism for aspirational transformation
  • The highest level gifts are recognized as “Long” (Dragon) gifts – the School’s zodiac sign
  • All gifts will be reported in the Annual Report (unless anonymity is requested).


Make a gift to the Founders Fund:

At the same time as our Annual Campaigns, we will be seeking transformational gifts from community members to build our Founders Fund which provide ongoing security for the future of our new scholarships forever.

To fund our three new Scholarships in perpetuity we must create an invested fund of 2 Million USD*. We will be seeking gifts from ‘Founders’ for our Fund:

  • Gifts of 25,000 USD and above will be used to build our Founders Fund
  • Gifts may be made in multiple installments
  • A gift of 533,000 USD would provide one full scholarship in perpetuity (October 2014)
  • Naming rights are attached to Founders Fund gifts
  • All gifts will be reported in the Annual Report (unless anonymity is requested)
  • All gifts will be celebrated through a gift recognition wall.

*Based on 5% interest rate and accumulated capital over 5 years. Value October 2014 is $1.5M

How will the Fund be distributed & reported?

A Scholarship will only be awarded when there are sufficient funds for the full duration of the Scholarship – Four Years.

Our new community funded scholars will be selected through the same process as the current budgeted scholarships, but with special attention to those who demonstrate a sincere personal goal of giving back to their home country.

Every year, for the next five years, we aim to award one new community Scholarship from our Annual Campaign.

Any additional funds raised in those Annual Campaigns and gifts made by our Founders will be invested (through professional low risk strategies) to build our Scholarship Founders Fund to $2 Million USD.

When the invested fund has grown to $2 Million USD it will be able to sustain three, 3-Year Scholarships in perpetuity.*

All fundraising and distribution will be reported in the School’s Annual Report and will be featured on the School website.

*Based on 5% interest rate and accumulated capital over 5 years. Value October 2014 is $1.5M      


Why fundraise for this Programme?

UNIS Hanoi is a fiscally responsible institution, but it does not have surplus reserves to fund additional Scholarships, nor does it wish to increase tuition fees more than inflation and its core business requires.

As a not-for-profit institution, all tuition fees are invested directly in providing the highest quality education and inquiry based learning environment for all our students. UNIS Hanoi receives no support from government or UN agencies. With no shareholders or proprietor to reward with profits, our students are the only beneficiaries of income to UNIS Hanoi.

In order to continue to strive for excellence without relying solely on tuition UNIS Hanoi is committed to institutional fundraising in support of the School’s Mission and to fulfill the School’s Vision.

The Scholarship Fund will support our commitment to expand our successful Programme and to provide more opportunities to transform lives and to help build a better world through a UNIS Hanoi education.


  •  UNIS Hanoi’s annual operating budget of 22 Million USD is based almost entirely on tuition and school fees.
  • The annual audited results, from a six year average, show a small operating surplus of 2.78%
  • The Board of Directors Reserves Policy ensures UNIS Hanoi’s prudent financial planning with 30% of the annual operating budget always maintained in reserves to cover emergency contingencies.

Capital charges are accumulated for future development of the School’s facilities. The Board of Directors are currently engaged in a new Campus Development Plan for completion in five years.



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