2014 Events

Safe Driving Campaign 2014

posted Dec 14, 2014, 6:53 AM by admin vcsa   [ updated Feb 9, 2015, 7:57 AM ]

VCSA and Leadership Development Bonfire Passion (LDBP) proudly present the Teen Safe Driving Project. Teen Safe Driving Educational Project’s main focus is on the education of young drivers in the age of 18-25 about safe driving practice on the road. Sponsored by State Farm, the project is delivered by the Vietnamese Culture & Science Association (VCSA) in collaboration with LeadBP team, various Vietnamese Student Associations in the great area of Houston, as well as the High Schools in Alief I.S.D. and HISD



2014 Youth Excellence Recognition

posted Jul 29, 2014, 5:05 PM by admin vcsa   [ updated Jul 29, 2014, 5:06 PM ]

Date: Sunday, August 3, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM 
Place: Kim Son Restaurant - 10603 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, Texas 77072 (map)

Vietnamese Culture and Science Association (VCSA) will sponsor the Eighteenth 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 Vietnamese-American 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. Every year, previous awardees volunteer to co-chair the event.  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 2014.

The 17 valedictorians are:

Aldine ISD
Tina Nguyen – Aldine
Nhi Vu – G.W. Carver Magnet 
Alief ISD 
Vy Nguyen – Alief Early College
Huynh Nguyen – Alief Elsik
Sao Bac – Alief Taylor
Channelview ISD
Dave Giang – Channelview 
Crosby ISD
Rana Luu – Crosby
Fort Bend ISD
Carolyn Nguyen – Bush
Houston ISD
Tuyet Nhi Tran – East Early College
Christine Nguyen – Sharpstown
Minh Thu Nguyen – Westside
Pasadena ISD
Tuan Phan – J. Frank Dobie
Spring Branch ISD
Matthew Nguyen – Memorial
BaoTran Ma – Spring Woods 
Alyssa Nguyen – Westchester 
Academy for International Studies
David Pham – Westchester Academy for International Studies
Spring ISD
Trang Luu – Westfield

The 11 salutatorians are:

Aldine ISD
Tina Tran – Aldine
Alief ISD
Whitney Berry – Alief Early College
Jennifer Huynh – Alief Elsik
Clear Creek ISD
Son Dinh – Clear Horizons Early College
Fort Bend ISD
Quy-Hien Nguyen – Kempner 
Houston ISD
Tony Do – East Early College 
Sharon Nguyen – Madison 
Klein ISD
Kevin Tran – Klein Forest
Pasadena ISD
Brian Tran – J. Frank Dobie
Pearland ISD
Elizabeth Nguyen – Pearland
Spring ISD
Kathy Le – Carl Wunsche 

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. Harry Dao Jr., Assistant Professor in Dermatology at the Baylor College of Medicine.  Six hundred (600) guests are expected to attend, including school district administrators; elected officials, such as the Mayor, City Council Members, county officials, and congressional representatives; and local corporation representatives who have continually supported this program throughout the past seventeen 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

2014 Vietnamese Youth Tobacco Obesity Prevention Summit

posted Jun 13, 2014, 8:55 PM by admin vcsa   [ updated Jul 3, 2014, 8:38 AM ]

Date/Time:
 07/13/2014 from 8:30am
 to 4:30pm

Location: Sharpstown International School 
8330 Triola Lane, Houston, TX 77036 (map)

Register: online or at VCSA Center 



Eligible:
  • age 7 - 16
  • register with parent's waiver slip
  • $10 admission fee (included all day activities, 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

Nicholas C. LePham Citizenship and Public Service Award

posted May 6, 2014, 5:49 AM by admin vcsa   [ updated May 6, 2014, 6:02 AM ]

The Vietnamese Culture and Science Association (VCSA)
and the LePham family are pleased to invite applicants for the 2014 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 2014, 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, 2014

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 (NY) and the Center for American Progress. More recently, he co-founded the National Organization of Vietnamese Leaders (NOVAL) where he is the National Board’s President and currently works at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the government agency that ensures consumer financial products and services work for all American. 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

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:
Published in 2011, Amy Chua’s controversial Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother argues that academic success is due to a traditional, strict upbringing that emphasizes strong work skills and habits. Chua called her daughter, Louisa, lazy and pathetic when she struggled to learn a difficult piano piece. Louisa practiced through dinner and was prohibited from getting up for bathroom breaks or water. Chua contrasts her parenting style to one she labels “Western” in which children’s individuality and
self-esteem is paramount. Do you agree with her labels? Is one ‘style’ better than the other or do you think a mix would foster the healthiest upbringing? Why or why not? Feel free to use examples from your own upbringing.

To Apply: Applicants should send in
1. This application form. (or go to http://tinyurl.com/m7ovbw3 for online form)
2. Your latest transcript (scan accepted via email).
3. Extracurricular activities resume. 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 via email)
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, 2014 to lephamscholarship@gmail.com. Please label your files accordingly.  Five (5) applicants will be contacted for interview in early July 2014. 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.

SUMMER INTERNSHIP

posted May 4, 2014, 5:54 PM by admin vcsa   [ updated May 4, 2014, 5:55 PM ]

SUMMER PROGRAM ASSISTANT COORDINATOR
VIETNAMESE CULTURE AND SCIENCE ASSOCIATION

Program Overview: During the summer of 2014, Vietnamese Culture & Science Association will deliver the following programs:
- Vietnamese Youth Tobacco and Obesity Prevention Summit (The summit serves approximately 250 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.
- 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 2014. The coordination of this program will start from June to August 2014. The event is held on August 3, 2014.
- Vietnamese Summer Program which provide Educational workshop and Resume and Interview workshops during some weekends.
- Post-camp activities for the VCSA 17th annual Youth Leadership Development Camp Len Duong 2014 (the camp will be held from May 23 – 26, 2014).
- Continued planning activities for VCSA Walk for Wellness project (the Walk will be held on September 28, 2014.

VCSA would like to recruit Two (2) Assistant Program coordinators to work with our volunteer teams throughout the summer.

Key Outcomes and Responsibilities

• Proficient in word processing, and other Microsoft office tools.
• Assisting the project coordinators to organize, plan and deliver the tobacco and obesity prevention youth summit.
• Assist in the logistic planning of VCSA other programs and activities.
• 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 volunteers 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.
• 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 35-40hour/week summer internship position from 5/27/2014 to 8/15/2014

Benefits:
• Upon completion of 400 hours of service, intern will receive $1000 Stipend from VCSA
• Gain skills in program planning, development, evaluation. Develop teaching and public presentation skills.
• Receive regular weekly mentorship from VCSA Board of Directors/Executive Board
• 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 VCSA Executive Board at vcsa@vcsa.org - Deadline: May 19, 2014.

VCSA – 4615 Belle Park Dr. – Houston, TX 77072 – 281-933-8118

Tony Toan Nguyen Scholarship

posted May 4, 2014, 5:35 PM by admin vcsa   [ updated May 4, 2014, 5:36 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 2014.
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 2014.
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 Annual Vietnamese-American Youth Excellence Recognition Program.

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 11th, 2014

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

VCSA
ATTN: 2014 VVDV Scholarship Committee
4615 Belle Park Dr., Houston, TX 77072

Greatland Investment Scholarship

posted May 4, 2014, 5:20 PM by admin vcsa   [ updated May 4, 2014, 5:24 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 2014.
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 2014.
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 Annual Vietnamese-American Youth Excellence Recognition Program.

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 11th, 2014

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

VCSA
ATTN: 2014 VVDV Scholarship Committee
4615 Belle Park Dr., Houston, TX 77072

William Wright Scholarship

posted May 4, 2014, 5:02 PM by admin vcsa   [ updated May 4, 2014, 5:06 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 11th, 2014

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

SAT Preparation Program (Chương Trình Luyện Thi SAT)

posted Jan 10, 2014, 6:26 PM by admin vcsa   [ updated Jan 10, 2014, 6:27 PM ]

Date Time: Starting January 11, 2014.  10 consecutive weekends on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 12 pm.
Place: VCSA Center (4615 Belle Park Dr. Houston, TX 77072)
Instructor: Dr. Phillip Dang
Fee: $450 or $150 for low income family base on state standard

For all detail please contact us at 281-933-8118 hoặc 281-827-8287.

Phụ Nữ giúp Phụ Nữ: Phòng Ngừa Ung Thư Cổ Tử Cung

posted Jan 10, 2014, 5:30 PM by admin vcsa   [ updated Jan 10, 2014, 5:43 PM ]

Ngày: Thứ Bảy, Ngày 18 Tháng 1, Năm 2014
Từ 2 giờ đến 3:30 giờ chiều
Tại Trung Tâm Sinh Hoạt VHKH – số 4615 Belle Park Dr – Houston, TX 77072


Hội Văn Hóa Khoa Học Việt Nam xin trân trọng thông báo về chương trình Hội Thảo Sức Khỏe rất quan trọng đến quý đồng hương như sau:

Buổi Trà Trưa với chủ đề “Phụ Nữ giúp Phụ Nữ” mang đề tài Phòng Ngừa
Ung Thư Cổ Tử Cung.

Chương trình hội thảo sẽ có phần:
- Thảo luận với giáo sư Vi Hồ về cách phòng chống bệnh ung thư cổ tử cung 
- Sẽ có thức ăn nhẹ và món quà nhỏ từ MD Anderson
- Gặp gỡ và trò chuyện
- Học hỏi và trao đổi

and chích ngừa HPV cho con em từ 9 đến 26 tuổi

Lệ phí tham dự hoàn toàn miễn phí, số chỗ ngồi có giới hạn, xin ghi danh trước – Để biết thêm chi tiết, xin liên lạc: VHKH tại 281-933-8118 hoac email event@vcsa.org

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