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Scholarship Programme Frequently Asked Questions
- Who are the Scholarship students and how are they chosen/selected?
- What happens to the Scholars when they graduate from UNIS Hanoi?
- How can we guarantee that the UNIS Hanoi scholars will make a difference in Vietnam in the future?
- Why is a scholarship programme important for UNIS Hanoi?
- Why is the Scholarship programme only geared towards Vietnamese students?
- Have you considered giving partial Scholarships rather than full Scholarships?
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Our Scholarship Students are all talented local Hanoi students from low income families who apply to the Programme. We currently have one graduated Scholar, one in Grade 12, two in Grade 11, one in Grade 10, three in Grade 9 and one in Grade 8. Of the eight scholars currently at school, there are one boy and seven girls.
They were all selected through the completion of an extensive process including the application form, written and online non-verbal aptitude testing, school report and reference checks and interviews with a panel. The process is coordinated by the Scholarship Officer in the Advancement Offive. It is a rolling application acceptance process that closes in February for the coming school year intake and also included rigorous background checks, official and ‘surprise’ home visits and meetings with the family. A Scholarship Selection Advisory Committee which consists of teachers, counsellors and administrators advises the Head of School.
Our first Scholar graduated from UNIS Hanoi in June 2015. Our college guidance counsellor works with our Scholarship Students to help find the best solution for them for onward study. The IB Diploma is not currently recognized as an entry qualification for Vietnamese Universities, however most of our scholars have ambitions to study abroad and seek further scholarships to support them. Interest in our Scholars has been high from the scores of visiting Universities from Australia, US and Europe and there are also international universities based in Hanoi who are also interested in attracting our scholars.
All families are informed very clearly of this uncertainty surrounding University acceptance In Vietnam and availability of onward scholarships when the UNIS Hanoi Scholarship is awarded, and in all cases the families believe the benefits to their children in attending UNIS Hanoi until graduation outweigh concerns about their future studies.
3. How can we guarantee that the UNIS Hanoi scholars will make a difference in Vietnam in the future?
There are no guarantees. 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” and we are confident that our Scholars will contribute positively to the future of their country but this will be something that can only be observed with a long term view. However, pride in our scholars as they develop in an international setting and the positive reflection on Vietnam that they bring, has already been voiced by members of the Vietnamese community who have been involved.
We are proud of our scholars; the inspirational impact that they have within our student body and the hope for change and capacity building that they represent for Vietnam.
The programme’s impact is too young to be measured by any meaningful metrics, we can only share the words of others. 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). We are confident that the Scholarship Programme is a powerful way in which “our learning community will be an inspirational role model for a better world.”
And our teachers see daily the enrichment the scholars bring to our own students. HS Math Teacher Neil Fairbairn shares, “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.”
The Scholarship Programme improves the diversity of our student body, provides increased opportunities for our existing students for enrichment and continues to honour our founding principle and hopes for the development of Vietnam.
In our founding memorandum of understanding UNIS Hanoi was established to assist in the development of Vietnam. In honour of our founding principles, the first recipients of UNIS Hanoi scholarship are talented local students who would most benefit from accessing an international education. The Board may choose to extend the Scholarships in the future, but the current programme eligibility criteria restrict the programme to Vietnamese students, resident within one hour’s travel from the School campus.
Given the current eligibility criteria approved by the Board in 2011, a partial scholarship would be impractical as the family income band would not be able to afford UNIS Hanoi without full scholarship tuition waiver. The Board may choose to reconsider the structure of the programme in the future.