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Nicholas C. LePham Citizenship and Public Service Award

posted May 6, 2014, 5:49 AM by VCSA Admin   [ 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.