2013 Events

2013 Youth Excellence Recognition

posted Jul 14, 2013, 2:04 PM by admin vcsa   [ updated Jul 14, 2013, 5:12 PM ]

Date:
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM 
Place: Kim Son Restaurant - 10603 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, Texas 77072 (map)

The Vietnamese Culture and Science Association (VCSA) will sponsor the Sixteenth Annual Vietnamese-American Youth Excellence Recognition Program to commemorate the accomplishments of outstanding Vietnamese-American high school students. VCSA annually recognizes the academic achievements of VietnameseAmerican high school students who graduated as either valedictorian or salutatorian of their respective high schools. The program also serves to encourage the younger Vietnamese-American generations to strive for academic excellence and instill a strong sense of civic responsibility among all Vietnamese-Americans in the Greater Houston area. The following is a list of Vietnamese-American students from the Houston area who have graduated as either valedictorian or salutatorian for the class of 2013.

The nineteen valedictorians are:

• Han Luu- Alief Early College High School
• Linda Nguyen- Alief Taylor High School
• Tiffaney Tran- Cinco Ranch High School
• Andy Tran- Debakey High School
• Som-Mai Nguyen- Eisenhower High School
• Johnny Lu- Elsik High School
• Andrew Mai- Friendswood High School
• Jackie Vu- Hasting High School
• Dianah Pham-Kempner High School
• David Vien- Kerr High School
• Tram Nguyen- Klein Forest High School
• Nicholas Dang Khoa Nguyen- Klein High School
• Kim Uyen Nguyen- Spring Woods High School
• Victor Thanh Hong-Village High School
• Jennifer Hoang- Westchester Academy
• Kaitlin Kargar- Westchester Academy
• Christine Mai- North Shore Senior High School
• Rachel Mai- Tomball High School
• Oscar Dao- Stephen F. Austin High School

The eight salutatorians are: 

• Peter Duy Vu- J. Frank Dobie High School
• Tiffany Nguyen- Alief Taylor High School
• Sophia Le- Cypress Ridge High School
• Thanh V. Nguyen- Deer Park High School
• Carolyn Trieu- Elsik High School
• Toney Duong- Hastings High School
• Briana Nguyen- Klein Forest High School
• Diane Tuyen Duong- Spring Woods High School

In addition to the Recognition Program, there will be a luncheon featuring authentic Vietnamese cuisine, scholarship award presentations, cultural performances featuring beautiful Vietnamese traditions and attire, and a keynote address by Dr. Quyen Chu, Professor of Surgery, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (600) guests are expected to attend, including school district administrators; elected officials, such as the Mayor, City Council Members, county officials, congressional representatives; and local corporation representatives who have continually supported this program throughout the past sixteen years.

Based in Houston, Texas, VCSA was founded in 1990. It has members throughout the U.S. and Canada with chapters in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Diego, Minnesota, Washington DC and Toronto, Canada. VCSA promotes excellence in education, leadership and skills development, and volunteerism through culture and science. The organization encourages multi-generational and cross-cultural collaborations by cultivating civic participation in the mainstream and Vietnamese America.
Tickets to the event, open to all members of the community, are $25.00 per person and can be purchased at the VCSA Center, located at 4615 Belle Park Dr, Houston, Texas 77072.  For more information, please call the VCSA Center at (281) 933-8118 or visit our web site at www.vcsa.org.

2013 Vietnamese Youth Tobacco Obesity Prevention Summit

posted Jun 24, 2013, 8:27 AM by admin vcsa   [ updated Jul 11, 2013, 5:39 PM ]

Date/Time: 07/20/2013 from 8:30am to 4:30pm

Location: Houston Downtown Natural Science Museum
5555 Hermann Park Drive Houston Texas 77030-1799 (maps)

Register: online or at VCSA Center 



Eligible:
  • age 7 - 16
  • register with parent's waiver slip
  • $10 admission fee (included Museum Admission, 1 lunch, and 1 t-shirt)
Purposes:
  • Gaining knowledge of the bad health effects of tobacco use
  • Learning about Health and Nutrition related issues
  • Help preventing tobacco use among Vietnamese-American youth by educating them about the inherent dangers of tobacco and promoting the positive aspects of a tobacco-free lifestyle
  • Promote a healthy lifestyle through nutritional educational awareness activities.
Contact us information: http://www.vcsa.org/contact-us

SUMMER INTERNSHIP: SUMMER PROGRAM COORDINATOR

posted May 31, 2013, 6:49 PM by admin vcsa   [ updated May 31, 2013, 6:55 PM ]

Program Overview: During the summer of 2013, Vietnamese Culture & Science Association will deliver the following programs:
  • Vietnamese Youth Tobacco and Obesity Prevention Summit (in partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science Downtown – The summit serves approximately 200 kids of age 6 -16 and will engage around 90 volunteers to deliver a full day program at the museum focusing on tobacco prevention and nutrition. This event will held on July 20, 2013.
  • Vietnamese Youth Excellence Recognition program – a Luncheon to honor local high school graduates who are either Valedictorians or Salutatorians of their respective high schools, Class of 2013. The coordination of this program will start from June to August 2013. The event is held on August 4th, 2013.
  • Post-camp activities for the VCSA 17th annual Youth Leadership Development Camp Len Duong 2013 (the camp will be held from June 28 – July 1, 2013).
VCSA would like to recruit TWO Summer Interns to help with coordinating activities throughout the summer.

Key Outcomes and Responsibilities
  • Work with volunteers and the coordinators to plan and Implement the Youth tobacco prevention summit and coordinate volunteers for the project.
  • Assist in the logistic planning of VCSA programs
  • Assist the logistic planning and coordination tasks for the Youth Excellence Recognition Luncheon program
  • Conduct evaluation sessions for two programs (Tobacco Youth summit and Youth Excellence Recognition Luncheon) and assist the other student intern to implement workshops, summer classes delivered at the VCSA Center.
Essential Qualifications and Key Competencies:
  • Has experience working with youth, fluent in Vietnamese is specially preferred.
  • Has experience in non-profit management work and volunteer experience with VCSA.
  • Takes initiatives and be proactive
  • Be open to Vietnamese traditions and values 
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Organizational skills and flexible in assigned tasks.
  • Can effectively work independently and as a team member
  • Has reliable transportation or is proficient in using public transportation
Terms of Employment: This is a 35 hours/week summer internship position from 6/15/2013 to 8/15/2013

Benefits:
  • Upon completion of 400 hours of service, interns will receive $1000 fund from VCSA
  • Gain skills in program planning, development, evaluation. Develop teaching and public presentation skills.
  • Receive regular weekly mentorship from VCSA Board of Directors
  • Receive training classes in fund raising planning for non-profit, leadership training on conflict resolution, communication and project planning.
  • Tap into the national network of VCSA national and international charity projects both in the United States, Canada and Vietnam.
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume outlining your qualifications for this position to contact@vcsa.org by June 7th, 2013.

Deadline:  June 7th, 2013

TONY TOAN NGUYEN SCHOLARSHIP

posted May 23, 2013, 3:00 PM by admin vcsa   [ updated May 23, 2013, 3:01 PM ]

I. Purpose

To assist and encourage students of Vietnamese descent to excel in scholastic achievement, leadership 
qualities, and community involvement, especially to those who have significant financial need.

II. Outlines
• Tony Toan Nguyen Scholarship Foundation will award $500.00 scholarship to graduating high school students who maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA, and have significant financial need.
• Applicants will be evaluated by their scholastic achievements, leadership qualities, community involvement, writing proficiency, and a personal interview for semi-finalists.

III. Qualification
1. Student of Vietnamese descent who is residing in the Greater Houston Metropolitan area, and is graduating from an accredited high school or secondary school in June 2013.
2. Enroll as full time undergraduate studies in an accredited college, university, or an institution of higher learning in the United States in the Fall of 2013.
3. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Financial Aid Award
• Scholastic 30%
• Leadership 10%
• Essay 10%
• Financial need 50%

Semi-finalists will be selected from the pool of applicants for a mandatory personal interview with Tony Toan Nguyen Foundation. Criteria for granting the awards will be 70% from the written application, and 30% from interview. Winners will be notified by mail, and the awards will be presented in the 17th Annual Vietnamese-American Youth Excellence Recognition Program on August 4th, 2013.

The grading scale for uniformity would be as follows, and should be holistic:

Scholastic
• GPA
• AP Courses
• SAT/ACT scores
*** note: consider also non-school associations/org.

Leadership
• Orgainzation participate

Essay
• Cohesiveness of ideas
• Command of language

Deadline: July 19th, 2013

Please submit your essay and the Tony Toan Nguyen Scholarship application (attached below) to either scholarship@vcsa.org or the below address:

VCSA
ATTN: 2013 VVDV Scholarship Committee
4615 Belle Park Dr., Houston, TX 77072

Greatland Investment Scholarship

posted May 23, 2013, 2:45 PM by admin vcsa   [ updated May 23, 2013, 2:47 PM ]

I. Purpose
To assist and encourage students of Vietnamese descent to excel in scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, and community involvement, especially to those who have significant financial need.

II. Outlines
• Greatland Investment Scholarship Foundation will award $500.00 scholarship to graduating high school students who maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA, and have significant financial need.
• Applicants will be evaluated by their scholastic achievements, leadership qualities, community involvement, writing proficiency, and a personal interview for semi-finalists.

III. Qualification
1. Student of Vietnamese descent who is residing in the Greater Houston Metropolitan area, and is graduating from an accredited high school or secondary school in June 2013.
2. Enroll as full time undergraduate studies in an accredited college, university, or an institution of higher learning in the United States in the Fall of 2013.
3. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Financial Aid Award
• Scholastic 30%
• Leadership 10%
• Essay 10%
• Financial need 50%

Semi-finalists will be selected from the pool of applicants for a mandatory personal interview with Greatland Investment, Inc., and SCL Realty Investment Group. Criteria for granting the awards will be 70% from the written application, and 30% from interview. Winners will be notified by mail, and the awards will be presented in the 17th Annual Vietnamese-American Youth Excellence Recognition Program on August 4th, 2013.

The grading scale for uniformity would be as follows, and should be holistic:

Scholastic
• GPA
• AP Courses
• SAT/ACT scores
 *** note: consider also non-school associations/org.

Leadership
• Organization participate

Essay
• Cohesiveness of ideas
• Command of language

Deadline: July 19th, 2013

Please submit your essay and the Greatland Invesment scholarship application (attached below) to either scholarship@vcsa.org or the below address:

VCSA
ATTN: 2013 VVDV Scholarship Committee
4615 Belle Park Dr., Houston, TX 77072

William Wright Scholarship

posted May 23, 2013, 2:01 PM by admin vcsa   [ updated May 23, 2013, 8:56 PM ]

Purpose of Award:
To promote community involvement.
Amount: $1,000, Non-Renewable
Eligibility:

• G.P.A: 3.0 or above with copy of transcript
• One recommendation letter from teacher, school admin, elected official, religious leader, etc. regarding characters and past community service/involvement
• Applicants must submit an essay about themselves.  Discuss what things they have done to help their community or help improve the lives of others.  What compelled them to do these altruistic act(s)?  What are their goals and aspirations in life? How can we encourage other young adults to become more involved and active in the community?

Send your essay and the transcript and application form (see attachment below) to 

VCSA – William Wright Scholarship, 4615 Belle Park Dr., Houston TX 77072 before the deadline.

Deadline: July 19th, 2013

Contact Information: (281) 933-8118 or scholarship@vcsa.org

Nicholas C. LePham Citizenship and Public Service Award

posted May 10, 2013, 2:29 PM by admin vcsa   [ updated May 6, 2014, 5:44 AM ]

The Vietnamese Culture and Science Association (VCSA) and the LePham family are pleased to invite applicants for the 2013 Nicholas C. LePham Citizenship and Public Service Award.  The LePham family and committee is looking to award this scholarship to an aspiring Vietnamese-American student who is able to demonstrate strong civic participation and active citizenship within the community.  Changes and improvements can only take place when future leaders organize within the community to address problems. We seek to empower young Vietnamese-Americans to attend college, and to pursue their dreams for further community service and public works.

Applicants will be judged according to their merits in academic, community involvement, leadership, and character. We strongly encourage ALL eligible Vietnamese-American youths to apply. Selection will be conducted by a panel of Vietnamese-American young professionals. Five (5) finalists will be interviewed in early July 2013, and one (1) winner will be announced by July 15th.

Eligibility: Any high school senior in Houston metropolitan area who is of Vietnamese descent and currently applying to college
Scholarships: $1,000 will be awarded
To Apply: see instructions on application form
Deadline: Emailed to lephamscholarship@gmail.com by June 30, 2013

About Nicholas C. LePham

Nicholas ChiLinh LePham is a graduate of Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Mr. LePham was born in Houston, TX, and spent his childhood there before moving abroad. However, he has always considered Houston his home and would like to give back to the community. He is also a passionate political activist, whose past experience includes work on the Presidential campaign of US Senator John F. Kerry (MA), the Congressional campaign of US Rep. Nick Lampson (TX-Sugar Land), the Hillary Clinton for President Committee and the US Senate campaign of Bruce Lunsford in Kentucky. More recently, he co-founded the National Organization of Vietnamese Leaders (NOVAL) where he is the Treasurer and currently works at the Center for American Progress, a think-tank that promotes progressive ideas. His goals with the scholarship are the following:
  • Encourage civic participation, leadership and service among Vietnamese/Vietnamese-American students in the community
  • Foster awareness of Vietnamese/Vietnamese-American culture and history
  • Promote the interests of the Vietnamese/Vietnamese-American student bodies
Questions, concerns, or requests for applications should be directed to Head of Committee, Nicholas LePham, by email (lephamscholarship@gmail.com).

Nicholas C. LePham Citizenship and Public Service Award Application

 Name: Date of Birth: Gender:

 Mailing Address:
 Phone:    Email:
 High School: Current cumulative GPA:
 All colleges/universities you are applying to:

Short Answers:
A) What experience in your life shaped you the most?
B) Please elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.

Essay Question:
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Asian Americans reported the highest rate
of bullying in classrooms, nearly 20% higher than any other racial or ethnic group. For bullying
outside on school grounds, the rate was 10% higher for Asian Americans than for other racial groups.
Throughout the country we have seen this higher incidence borne out among the Vietnamese-
American community as well. What actions can the Vietnamese community take to combat against and
prevent students and children from being bullied?

To Apply: Applicants should send in
1. This application form.
2. Your latest transcript (photocopy accepted).
3. A list of extracurricular activities. Please include the length of time you were involved, positions you held, and activities you participated in or responsibilities you had.
4. One letter of recommendation from a non-family member (scan accepted)
5. Your answer to the Short Answers and Essay Question typed, and double space.

Please put all these documents together and attach to an email and send by June 30th, 2013 to lephamscholarship@gmail.com.
Please label your files accordingly. Questions are highly encouraged.

Five (5) applicants will be contacted for interview in early July 2013. The winner will be announced by July 15th. Please note that the winner will be required to provide proof of enrollment at the selected college.

Lunar New Year Potluck Party

posted Feb 11, 2013, 8:00 PM by admin vcsa   [ updated Feb 11, 2013, 8:01 PM ]

Date: Saturday February 16, 2013
Time: 7:00pm
Place: VCSA Center

Lunar New Year is near and it is about time for VCSA to gather our dearest members and friends to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Our event planning team is in the process of finalizing the details of the party program. If you have not yet confirmed your attendance to VCSA Lunar New Year Potluck Party, please advise us the number of guests and children joining the party no later than THURSDAY, February 14, 2013 by email event@vcsa.org or call 281-933-8118.

This year VCSA will have our Potluck New Year party held next weekend. Please bring along a DISH of your choice to share with others.

Great entertainment program! FUN EVENT with the variety of FOOD and GAMES: Vietnamese Bingo (Lo To), Bau Cua, Cards, Boi' Bai by Co Muoi (10)... ect.

We look forward to seeing you there! Please RSVP as soon as you can.

May you be blessed with a New Year - year of the Snake - full of prosperity, excellent health and happiness.

Educational Workshop on Parental Assistance

posted Feb 11, 2013, 7:53 PM by admin vcsa   [ updated Feb 11, 2013, 7:53 PM ]

Date: Saturday Feb 23, 2013
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Place: VCSA Center - 4615 Belle Park Dr. - Houston, TX 77072

Educational Workshop on Parental Assistance and how to prepare your children for college success.  Presenters: Dr. Truong Duy Nong and Prof. Hung M. Le
Free admission - Please RSVP by calling 281-933-8118 or email event@vcsa.org

Resume Workshop

posted Feb 11, 2013, 7:28 PM by admin vcsa   [ updated Feb 11, 2013, 7:28 PM ]

Date: Saturday Feb 16, 2013
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Place: VCSA Center - 4615 Belle Park Dr. - Houston TX 77072

Workshop on Resume preparation and how to prepare your resume to maximize your chance to get an interview.  Presenter: Prof. Ha, Huu Quang - there will be free material to be distributed.  Free admission - please RSVP by calling 281-933-8118 or email event@vcsa.org.

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