Advancing Educational, Professional, and Personal Growth

The Vietnamese American Professional Women Association of Silicon Valley (VAPW) strives to outreach, educate, prepare and engage Vietnamese American professional women in areas of leadership and development; to provide a network of support and promote the professional growth of its members; to mentor and encourage youths in the community to enter professional careers; and to encourage community responsibility and participation.  In furtherance of its mission, VAPW will be awarding scholarships in the amount of $2,000 to high school seniors who will be attending college during the 2017-2018 academic years.  


  • Female high school senior of Vietnamese ancestry attending school in Santa Clara County

  • First year entrance into a college or university during the 2017-2018 academic year

  • Selection criteria include: financial need, commitment to community service, leadership abilities, and the potential for leadership

  • Scholarships are conditional:

  • VAPW reserves the right to perform social media search of candidates

  • Funds will not be disbursed until the recipient provides proof of enrollment at a college or university that is approved by the Scholarship Selection Committee

To Apply:

  • Candidates must complete the application in full with all required supporting documents.

  • All finalists must attend an in-person interview with the Scholarship Selection Committee in the evening of April 28, 2017

  • Scholarship recipients must attend the Scholarship Award Dinner.

Application Materials:

  1. Completed Scholarship Application (page 2 of this application)

  2. Current transcript

  3. Personal Statement (12 Times Roman font, double space, 2 pages maximum, 1 inch margins)

  1. your past, present and future service to the Vietnamese community; and

  2. what does winning VAPW Scholarship mean to you.

  1. Letters of Recommendations (optional, maximum of 2 letters)

Submission deadline: Completed applications must be received by MARCH 20, 2017

  1. Email by 5:00 p.m. addressed to Mrs. Nguyet Dinh @ nguyetkimdinh@yahoo.com & Mrs. Thao Nguyen @ nthao2010@yahoo.com; AND

    2.    Official transcripts to be sent via US Mail postmarked by MARCH 20, 2017 to

Comerica Bank- 333 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Mrs. Thao Nguyen, Senior Vice President

5th floor; Mail code:  4850.2017 VAPW SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Personal Information:


Address City, State Zip Code

Telephone Email

Do you have Free or Reduced Lunch status?

Country of Birth

Father’s Education Level Father’s Occupation

Mother’s Education Level Mother’s Occupation


Please give names of three people who can affirm your commitment to community service.

Name Telephone Email

Name Telephone Email

Name Telephone Email

Academic Information:

High School Planned Graduation Date

Honors and Activities

List all high school activities and honors.

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Supplemental Information:

Post-Secondary Education Plans

List the colleges to which you have applied or intend to apply.  Briefly describe your academic and career goals.

Community Service/Leadership

Briefly describe the activities in which you have participated as a volunteer in the community at large. For

activities, in which you took a leadership role, briefly state why it was important for you to assume the role of leader.

Applicant Signature

I certify that the information contained in this application is complete and correct. I authorize the VAPW Scholarship Selection Committee to access my academic transcripts and contact my references if necessary.  I further authorize the VAPW Scholarship Selection Committee, if necessary, to report my name, address, program, and award status to the donor(s) of this award and to use my name in various public relations publications, presentations, and announcements to promote VAPW and its scholarship program.


Signature Date

Email completed application with high school transcript and personal statement to

Mrs. Nguyet Dinh at nguyetkimdinh@yahoo.com and Mrs. Thao Nguyen at nthao2010@yahoo.com

Official transcripts to be sent via U.S mail postmarked by March 20, 2017 to

Mrs. Thao Nguyen, Comerica Bank, 333 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113-Mailcode 4850

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