Monsanto has announced a pledge of VND 1.5 billion scholarship for outstanding students studying agricultural biotechnology. This scholarship aims to nurture and encourage the engagement of young talents in the development of agricultural biotechnology and products thereof to support farmers.
“Biotechnology is a promising branch of science in the 21st century, offering great possibilities in improving human lives in various ways. In agriculture, biotechnology has been proved to improve lives of over 18 million farmers around the world. The Government of Vietnam is determined in bringing and developing this technology in Vietnam, and has focused on developing physical and human capacity in the biotechnology sector. Yet, biotechnology research and development in Vietnam are mainly financed and undertaken by the public sectors. We are glad to see the participation of the private sector in this process and highly appreciate Monsanto for their commitment in developing talents in agricultural biotechnology.” Said Dr. Tran Duc Vien, Rector, Vietnam University of Agriculture.
Under this partnership, Monsanto pledged VND 1.5 billion in five consecutive years to VNUA undergraduate students who will be selected based on their academic and research excellence in the field of biotechnology. Each year, VNUA Scholarship Review Committee will select top five applicants to grant the tuition fee scholarship of VND 42 million (USD 2,000) per student and one research project to grant the funding of VND 105 million (USD 5,000) per group.
“Monsanto understands Vietnam’s determination in applying this world-class technology and aspiration in developing made-in-Vietnam biotechnology crops. To realize those goals, nurturing a generation of talented, driven and passionate young people is of key elements and Monsanto is committed in working together with Vietnam in this process. The Monsanto-VNUA scholarship is a part of our actions in delivering our pledge in Vietnam.” Said Nguyen Dinh Manh Chien, Country Lead of Dekalb Vietnam, an entity wholly owned by Monsanto Company. “Vietnam University of Agriculture has a strong history of developing talents in agriculture. This is also where many leaders and members of Monsanto Vietnam were graduated. It is our hope that the Monsanto-VNUA scholarship will help to foster the next generation of leaders for Vietnam agriculture in general and Monsanto in particular.”
In order to qualify for the scholarships, applicants are required to be a part of top 20 highest GPA, member of at least one research group (except for sophomore student), and plan to pursue a career in agriculture. Applicants will also be evaluated on their academic excellence, research records and personal essays submitted to the Scholarship Committee as a part of the application process.