The Yuanta Cultural and Educational Foundation is committed to giving back to society as we benefit from it, and to this end is actively involved in a number of cultural, educational, and social philanthropic activities. This is also part of our efforts to uphold our corporate social responsibility. Working together with Fu Jen Catholic University in the hopes that our existence will be a blessing to others, we have launched the Yuanta and Fu Jen University Dreams Take Flight Program, further doing our part for education in remote rural communities. With the project now in its eighth year, the Yuanta Cultural and Educational Foundation has earned the long-term support of the Ministry of Education for our efforts to help the underprivileged get access to education and create a virtuous cycle. Their affirmation and encouragement were made all the more clear in 2017 as the Foundation was granted the Ministry’s highest honor, the Crystal Award for Donations to Education.
The Dreams Take Flight Scholarship Program has played a significant role in the cultivation of talented students from rural areas; over 8 years it has assisted 995 young students, who have moved on to becoming 72 college students and 3 graduate students. Yuanta launched this scholarship program with the hope that it would help create new opportunities in these children's lives, allowing them to focus on their studies, and, through the mentorship and support of Yuanta and Fu Jen University, realize that as long as they work hard, life will have unlimited possibilities.
The Ministry of Education's "Digital Companion" program has been in operation since 2006. It uses computers, internet, video conferencing technology and online teaching platforms to nurture students from remote areas to learn and interact in class and life. The digital companion program is also a key project in the Dreams Take Flight Program, making use of both on-site teaching from local educators and digital tutoring, with resources and support coming from both governmental and private sources. In the Dreams Take Flight Program, Fu Jen University recruits college mentors to provide two after-school tutoring sessions twice-weekly to rural students, offering a student-centered learning environment to participants, while also promoting a spirit of community service among the university student tutors. Through the joint efforts of the Yuanta Cultural and Educational Foundation and the community, in 2018’s Yuanta-FJU rural education tutoring project, a total of 1,620 underprivileged students took part in the tutoring program.
Since 2011, we have cooperated with the Fu Jen University's Rural Education Team to provide tutoring to rural middle school children and organize curriculums for both winter and summer schools. In this way, we help to provide in-depth care for these children all the way to college graduation and the completion of their higher education. As part of these efforts, the FJU team respects local cultural values of each location and is committed to arranging professional tutoring in the most appropriate manner. Through the winter and summer tutoring classes from college students, the local children not only receive guidance and instruction, but also have an active way to spend their vacation, being engaged in their studies rather than being idle. By interacting with the FJU team, they cultivate self-esteem and respect for others, while also learning to cherish the valuable educational resources, developing a positive attitude, and becoming more responsible. These classes enable the children to continue to learn during winter and summer vacations, lighten the load on parents, and provide rural children with the same educational opportunities as their urban counterparts.
Yuanta-FJU Dreams Take Flight Scholarship Program is in its eighth after its start in 2011. Over the period, numerous FJU student mentors have dedicated countless hours of their youth to provide guidance to their young schoolchildren counterpart with Yuanta volunteers at their side, offering their companionship. The experiences will create lasting memories which the participating individuals will look back upon. With everyone pitching in to help, we hope that these schoolchildren can grow and reach their full potential, creating a new era of happiness.
Twice a year, we hold scholarship “Growth Camps,” offering these Yuanta Kids a chance to get together with their Yuanta family members. In the two-day, one-night camp, the students get to catch up and share their different life and learning experiences. Lu Tze-Han, chair of the Taiwan Rural Education Center at FJU and project director, has expressed her gratitude to Yuanta for our long-time support and assistance, and her hope that the spirit of the project will continue to blossom in the hearts of these Yuanta Kids as they pass it on to younger generations. As role models Yuanta Kids should treasure each and every precious opportunities and give back to the community, spreading the positive spirit of the Dreams Take Flight Program far and wide.
The program awards selected students with high educational grants, helping promising students from disadvantaged backgrounds pursue their studies without financial pressure, and move a step closer to achieving their dreams through education.
Over the three years, the program has benefitted a total of 172 students. As of 2018, over 10% of the program beneficiaries have returned to participate in Yuanta charity events, giving back to the community and building a cycle of goodness.