2016 Events

2016 Youth Excellence Recognition

posted Jul 21, 2016, 8:04 AM by VCSA Admin   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 7:42 PM ]

Date: Sunday, August 7, 2016
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 Twentieth 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.

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 $30.00 per person and can be purchased at the VCSA Center, located at 13080 Bellaire blvd (suite G), Houston, Texas 77072.

For more information, please call the VCSA Center at (281) 933-8118

Len Duong Camp 2016

posted Jul 20, 2016, 1:13 PM by VCSA Admin   [ updated Jul 20, 2016, 2:20 PM ]

Annually Leadership Development Camp

VCSA 25th Gala

posted Jul 20, 2016, 12:52 PM by VCSA Admin   [ updated Jul 20, 2016, 12:58 PM ]

With greatest pleasure, the Vietnamese Culture & Science Association (VCSA) would like to announce the 25th Anniversary of our formation; celebrating a quarter century of commitment to the core values of leadership development, cultural education, volunteerism, and education excellence.

Please join us for VCSA's 25th anniversary celebration!
Chateau de L’Amour
3330 S. Dairy Ashford Dr. Suite C
Houston, Texas 77082


posted Jun 7, 2016, 8:00 AM by VCSA Admin

Program Overview:
During the summer of 2016, Vietnamese Culture & Science Association will deliver the following programs:
- Supporting tasks for the National Youth Leadership Development Camp Len Duong 2016 to be held
- VCSA 20 th Annual Youth Excellence Recognition Luncheon in early August.
- Fund Raising program for VCSA for the VCSA 25 th Anniversary Gala.

VCSA will have an internship position of Program coordinator to support the coordination activities for the programs above. The intern will be working full-time 35 hours/week for 10 weeks (June 5 – August 18)

Key Outcomes and Responsibilities
 Assisting the project leads to organize and plan for events
 Assist in the logistic planning for any events held by VCSA
 Assist with administrative support tasks for VCSA Center operations.

Essential Qualifications and Key Competencies:
 Has experience working with youth, fluent in verbal 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 full-time summer internship (June 6 – August 18, 2016)

 Internship stipend: $1000 (at the end of the internship)
 Gain skills in program planning, development, evaluation. Develop teaching and public presentation skills.
 Receive regular bi-weekly mentor-ship from VCSA 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 Cam Truc Le at vcsa@vcsa.org

Deadline: June 1, 2016

Nicholas C. LePham Citizenship and Public Service Award

posted Apr 8, 2016, 12:28 PM by VCSA Admin   [ updated Apr 8, 2016, 12:29 PM ]

The Vietnamese Culture and Science Association (VCSA)
 and the LePham family are pleased to invite applicants for the 2016 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 2016, 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, 2016

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:
In light of the recent events in regard to New York police officer Peter Liang and potential Asian American Supreme Court nominees, please tell us why it would be important to the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community to have an Asian American Supreme Court Justice. Feel free to comment on how having one would affect Asian American representation in government or you can share with us your thoughts on the American justice system.  

To Apply: Applicants should send in 
  1. This application form.  (For online Google Form http://tinyurl.com/zeas7u2)
  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. A work or teacher letter of recommendation (email direct from recommender to email)
  5. Your answer to the Short Answers and Essay Question typed, and double spaced.
  6. Please put all these documents together and attach to an email and send by June 30th, 2016 to lephamscholarship@gmail.com.
  7. Please label your files accordingly (LastName.FirstName.DocumentName)
Five (5) applicants will be contacted for interview in early July 2016.  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. 

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