Vietnamese-American Professional Women Association of Silicon Valley
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.
Our hearts and minds have been heavy with the tragic killings in Atlanta, which come after a year of increased violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, including those in the San Francisco Bay Area. We grieve for all the victims and family members who have been affected by the violence against the AAPI community. We stand in solidarity with our AAPI family to end hate. Please see our full statement.
2021 VAPW Scholarship Recipients
Congratulations to this year's scholarship recipients!!
This year's candidate pool was impressive as usual. However, these 5 finalists stood out due to their stellar academic record, leadership skills and community service.
We are so very proud of our students heading to Yale, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA and Marquette.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
After three-years with the VAPW mentoring program, students from Yerba Buena High School celebrated their graduation. We are proud to see them all continuing in higher eduation.
VAPW Receives Grant from Santa Clara County Supervisor Otto LeeVAPW is grateful to receive the 2022 URJGENT Grant from Santa Clara County Supervisor Otto Lee. The rise in anti-Asian hate and violence has deeply impacted our members, and this grant will allow VAPW to organize a self-defense training to give our students and members the tools to protect themselves and make our community a safer place for us all.
We thank Supervisor Otto Lee and his team for their support!
VAPW Receives City of San Jose District 4 GrantVAPW is proud to be the recipient of the City of San Jose grant. We are humbled by the trust the City has in supporting the organization and our mission. During a global pandemic, we continue to support our community with key programs for our youth. We're grateful we are not alone in this endeavor.
Thank you councilmembers of District 4 for your support.
VAPW Receives Corporate GrantsVAPW is extremely grateful to receive continued support from HP and Wells Fargo. During this difficult COVID pandemic, our steadfast supporters were there once again. This year more than ever, our students are faced with many uncertainties. HP and Wells Fargo have eased the burden for our students as they head off to college. Our sincere thanks for your support.
VAPW Receives Grant from San Jose District 8 Council-memberVAPW is honored to receive a grant from San Jose District 8 Council-member Sylvia Arenas. One of our 2019 scholarship recipients, Vivian Truong, is from District 8 and we're grateful to be recognized with this grant. We continue our mission of supporting Vietnamese-American professional women and advancing the academic excellence of the youth in our community.
VAPW Receives HP Foundation 2019 GrantVAPW is excited to receive the HP Foundation Grant for the 3rd year in a row. HP has been a strong supporter of the VAPW Mission and our promotion of young women in education. In addition to financial support, HP has generously donated HP products and accessories to better equip the students. Thank you HP for your support through grants, donations and volunteers. We are most grateful for your continued support.
VAPW Scholarship Campaign Chat with iCanThe 2019 Scholarship Chair, Samantha Huynh, and President, Diane Le, sat down with Executive Director of iCan, Quynh Vuong, to have an intimate conversation about this year's VAPW Scholarship Campaign. We are encouraging the youth in the community to take advantage of the Scholarship opportunity and our support system. Listen to the iCan Talk Show hosted by Quynh Vuong.
VAPW Receives Wells Fargo GrantVAPW is proud to receive our first support from Wells Fargo. The corporate grant will go to fund the 2019 scholarship campaign. Scholarships are granted to high achieving students in the community to assist in academic advancement. Thank you Wells Fargo for your support in the organization.
VAPW Welcomes New Board Member
HaNhi L. Tran currently serves as a Deputy District Attorney for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University in 2006 and her Law Degree from UCLA in 2010. HaNhi joined the District Attorney’s Office in 2012, where she has worked on the Major Narcotics Vendor Prosecution Unit, the Family Violence Unit, and the Community Prosecution Unit. In 2017, HaNhi was presented with the George W. Kennedy Excellence in Prosecution Award from the San Jose Police Department. Prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office, HaNhi served as a C.V. Starr Lecturer of Law at Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China. She grew up in the Little Saigon community in Orange County, California.
Former Board Member Evelynn Tran Named VTA General CounselSAN JOSE, CA - On September 6, 2018, in a unanimous vote by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board of Directors, Acting General Counsel Evelynn Tran was named VTA's new General Counsel.