Congrats 2011 VASF Fellows

VASF is pleased to announce our 2011 fellows! We're excited to have Traci Pham, Nathalie Chau, and Rachael Carson join us as our inaugural class of fellows. These three talented ladies will be working with Friends of Hue this summer implementing very exciting and meaningful projects.

Traci Pham is a lawyer from Sydney, Australia and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Law Program at Stanford University. She has practiced law as a corporate associate in Sydney and Hong Kong, and will be starting in London after this fellowship. She has been involved in charities extensively, with a personal special interest in education. She has received the Order of Australia - the national award for significant contributions to community service in Australia. She hopes to focus her time on FHF's micro-finance programs.

Nathalie Chau is currently in her junior year at Berkley University, studying biology. Natalie is deciding between a career in economics, public policy, and health and medicine. Her spare time is spent in outreaching to at-risk high school students. Her fellowship will focus on public health education in rural areas.

Rachael Carson is a 2010 Union College graduate in International and Chinese Public Health. Rachael has a special interest in social entrepreneurship in developing countries. She has a lot experience in China (fluent in Mandarin) and has spent the last 9 months in Vietnam, much of it with FHF as a development analyst. She hopes to focus on the FHF's launch of an Artisan Center, which will offer entrepreneurial skill training and sales development to the underprivileged in Hue.

Stay tuned to the fellowship blog to hear more about their adventures and experiences in Viet Nam.


Annual Holiday Toy Drive

2010 Holiday Toy Drive
Deadline to Donate: Friday, December 3, 2010
Where: Boat People SOS / 11360 Bellaire Blvd. Ste 910, Houston TX 77072

This is the third year that the Vietnamese American Scholarship Foundation will be co-hosting a Holiday Toy Drive with Boat People SOS. Thanks to some very generous sponsors and individuals, last year we were able to donate gifts to more than 200 children who come from families that have experienced domestic violence.

We already have more than 100 children registered for this year's toy drive, and we need your help to make the event a success again this year. Please consider co-sponsoring the event or donating a toy to a child. The sponsorship and donation information is attached.

On behalf of the children, we thank you!

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Introducing: The Cultural Bridges Summer Fellowship Program

The Vietnamese American Scholarship Foundation (VASF), in partnership with Friends of Hue Foundation (FHF), is pleased to introduce its first fellowship program - The VASF Cultural Bridges Fellowship, starting summer 2011.

The Cultural Bridges Fellowship is a summer program that provides an opportunity for service-minded students to connect with Vietnam and the Vietnamese people.

Each Cultural Bridges Fellow receives a base stipend of $2,500 to support travel and living expenses during the summer.

Application Deadline: Jan. 17, 2011
To find out more about the Cultural Bridges Summer Fellowship, visit: