SCG Sharing the Dream scholarship, the flagship corporate social responsibility project of the ASEAN leading conglomerate SCG has celebrated the 10th anniversary, marking its achievement to fulfill dreams of more than 4,000 Vietnamese students in Ho Chi Minh city, Hanoi, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Tay Ninh and Binh Thuan. The 10th Anniversary Ceremony took place in Ho Chi Minh city, including one-day excursion for 350 students of year 2016 and a grand celebration gathering all program partners, alumni and students throughout 10-year journey.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Roongrote Rangsiyopash – President and CEO of SCG said: “As one of ASEAN leading conglomerate, SCG has followed the concept of sustainable development for more than 100 years. SCG’s principle is to contribute sustainable development in everywhere we operate to lift up people’s quality of life. We strongly believe that education plays the vital role for both personal and national progress. That’s the reason we strive to support Vietnamese young generation to attain their dreams through the gift of education”.
Also according to Mr. Roongrote Rangsiyopash, Sharing The Dream scholarship across its past 10 years’ operation in Vietnam has proudly supported the success of thousands of Vietnamese students. Many of whom have been able to continue their studies at undergraduates and gone further in finding good occupations, contributing to the happiness of their families and the communities where they live.
In Vietnam, SCG has co-operated with Tuoi Tre Newspaper since 2007 to offer Sharing The Dream scholarship to hardship students in 7 South Eastern provinces and Hanoi. Beneficiaries are students with difficulties, yet having strong will, good academic performances and show deep gratitude to their parents. Across 10 years, the program has supported more than 4,000 students to continue their dreams through education.
This year, marking the milestone of the program’s 10th anniversary, a grand celebration has been held in Ho Chi Minh City, with many meaningful activities for attendants. In which, the 400 students of year 2016 were taken on a city excursion to visit famous places of the city, offer flowers at President Ho Statue on Nguyen Hue Avenue and enjoy a rocking night where they had a chance to showcase their talents on stage. Also on this occasion, a theme song tribute to SCG Sharing the Dream named “Thousands of Vietnamese Dreams” was composed by famous composer Nguyen Hong Thuan, and performed by young singer Vu Cat Tuong together with the program’s outstanding alumni.
Over the past 10 years, the achievement of SCG Sharing the Dream is the successful of students. Phuong Linh (from Ho Chi Minh City), a scholar of SCG Sharing the Dream scholarship in 2014, is an illustrations example to how a person can bounce back to be successful despite many setbacks. The early loss of father left the family bread-winner role into the hands of Linh’s mother who afterward had passed away because of cancer. In the difficulty situation, Linh really needed a helping hands from community to bring up her dreams. The SCG Sharing the Dream scholarship came at the right time, helping Linh to gain confidence and motivation in life. Despite all difficulties, Linh has achieved an excellent academic records with many prizes in English subject. She also has been offered full scholarship to continue her undergraduate degree at some famous international universities in Ho Chi Minh city. Linh shared: “Life never takes away from you everything. I am thankful to be alive healthily and be able to contribute to lives of others. I will try my best to live up to my mother’s dream that I would be come a good person for community”.
Another admirable story is from Nguyen Van Muoi (from Binh Phuoc), a SCG Sharing the Dream alumni in 2009 and now a Teacher at Pham Ngọc Thanh Medical University. For Muoi, lost dreams sometimes are true motivation to move ahead. Muoi received the scholarship in 2009 admist family’s financial difficulties. With the scholarship, Muoi overcame one of the worst time in his life. However, the greatest challenges facing this young man was when he was accepted to 2 top universities: Economics & Law University and Pharmacy University. So heartbreaking that the pursuit of the dream to become a teacher maybe lost, Mười decided to pull himself together by adopting the advice of one SCG Sharing the Dream alumni: “If you cannot have what you love, love what you have”. Mười has fulfilled his dream by taking a different career path. He is now a teacher at Pham Ngoc Thanh Medical University and helps others to pursue their career dreams through orientation activities in his hometown.
These two stories are just amongst many examples of thousands other Vietnamese dreams being realized through SCG Sharing The Dream scholarship. Their achievements mark the success milestone for SCG Sharing The Dream program, as said by Mr. Roongrote Rangsiyopash at the celebration event: “Your dreams reflect your parents’ hopes and dreams, and how you manifest your dream will bring true joy and happiness to your family and community. For us, you represent SCG’s hope and commitment for a new, bright future of Vietnam.”
Together with the success in Vietnam, SCG Sharing The Dream is also implemented in other ASEAN countries including the Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar with more than 5,000 scholarships awarded annually, many lives and dreams come true.
To manifest its commitment to a sustainable development for Vietnam, besides Sharing The Dream scholarship, SCG is also deploying some other youth-oriented activities, such as SCG Sharing the Dream playground at Ho Chi Minh City’s Hoang Van Thu Park for kids, Green Dream project (cooperating with Muc Tim newspaper, SCG International Internship and SCG Young Leader program, amongst others.