Scholarships

Listed below are opportunities for YOU to win some money to attend VIA-1!

NOTE: The information on this page is from last year's conference website

The Legacy Scholarship

By Taylor, Tyler, and Tyson Banh

 

Description:

The Legacy Scholarships are gifts from UVSA-Midwest alumni Taylor, Tyler, and Tyson Banh, whose involvement within UVSA-Midwest and VSA Wisconsin brought them invaluable learning experiences, countless friendships, unforgettable memories, and— most importantly— a sense of belonging and community. The Legacy Scholarships award one (1) winner a monetary amount to pay for #VIA1 registration and hotel fees and four (4) winners a monetary amount to pay for #VIA1 registration fee.

Applicants for the Legacy Scholarship demonstrate a commitment to providing leadership experience and building personal relationships through their VSA and/or UVSA-Midwest. Applicants should respond to the following questions in 500 total words or less:

 

Award:

The Legacy Scholarship awards one (1) registered attendee the cost of registration ($65) and hotel ($68.75) and four (4) registered attendees the cost of registration ($65).

The winners of the scholarship will receive recognition during banquet by all staff and attendees.

 

Rules:

  • All submissions should be sent to [email protected] by March 2nd at 11:59 PM CST.
  • Essay winners will be selected by UVSA-Midwest Executive Board.
  • This scholarship is open to all fully registered attendees of the 15th Annual VIA-1 Conference.

 

Questions:
Answer all of the following questions in 500 words or less.

  1. In what ways have you created your legacy?
  2. How do you inspire others to create their own legacy?
  3. What is your vision for your organization(s) and how will you share that vision with others?

 

Facing the Fearless Scholarship

By Alpha Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc.

The purpose of this organization is to bring together all women of different nationalities through bonds of friendship and Sisterhood. Alpha Phi Gamma exists to provide service and Asian-Awareness to the University and the surrounding communities for the betterment of society. It promotes scholarship and academic excellence, personal development and leadership.

 

Description:

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide an attendee who embodies a drive for change in their community. We hope the attendee have a deeper understanding of culture and understanding the prejudices from this conference.

 

Award:

The winner of the competition will win free registration to the 15th Annual VIA-1 Conference and receive recognition during banquet by all staff and attendees.

 

Rules:

  • All submissions should be sent to Moony Vuong, [email protected] by March 2nd at 11:59 PM CST.
  • Essay winners will be selected by a Sister of Alpha Phi Gamma Sorority Incorporated UMN Colony.
  • This scholarship is open to all fully registered attendees of the 15th Annual VIA-1 Conference.

 

Criteria:

  • Content (Answer of Questions, Citations (if applicable), etc.)
  • Presentation (Look & Feel, Grammar, Active Voice, Spelling, etc.)
  • Creativity / Out-of-Box (Problem Solving, Level of Effort)
  • Length (No Length)

 

Questions:

  1. In your own words, what do you think “Facing the Fearless” means?
  2. How are you spreading awareness of Asian cultures in your community?
  3. How are you raising your voice on issues such as classism, ableism, colorism, sexism, and many other prejudices that still exist and run rampant in our community?

 

 

Bamboo Ceiling Scholarship

By Kenny Ngo

 

 

Description:

Kenny Ngo is based in Minneapolis as a Management Consultant at KPMG. He formerly served on Nazakat Foundation Board of Directors and is now actively involved at the Firm and within the Twin Cities. Kenny graduated from the Carlson School of Management – University of Minnesota in Spring 2016.

He is passionate about investing his time and experiences to the greater Asian-American community, particularly in raising awareness of business and leadership opportunities for students of color. His past involvements with VIA-1 and other efforts around the community has led to deep growth and personal connections that has kept him involved with these programs. It has also led to the development and launch of the first of many scholarships by Kenny.

 

Award:

A one-time $100 scholarship will be awarded through PayPal after the conference and receive recognition during banquet by all staff and attendees.

 

Rules:

  • All submissions should be sent to [email protected] by March 2nd at 11:59 PM CST.
  • Format:
    • 11 Point Font, Single-Spaced, No Page Requirement, .DOCX format
    • Do not type your name in the paper
    • Email the paper with following file name conventions
      • (Last Name, First Name – KNgo Date)
      • i.e. (Doe, John – KNgo 2017 01 19)
  • This scholarship is open to all fully registered attendees of the 15th Annual VIA-1 Conference.

 

Criteria:

  • Content (Answer of Questions, Citations (if applicable), etc.)
  • Presentation (Look & Feel, Grammar, Active Voice, Spelling, etc.)
  • Creativity / Out-of-Box (Problem Solving, Level of Effort)

 

Prompts (answer both):

  1. You have just completed a 300 page autobiography about your life. Please share page 170 to me.
  1. “Jane Hyun, an executive coach, coined the phrase Bamboo Ceiling to describe Asian Americans’ puzzling lack of leadership representation.” Please share your thoughts on the following three (3) points:
    1. Thoughts on why a Bamboo Ceiling may exist.
    2. An experience where you may have faced the ‘Bamboo Ceiling’ (everyday life, college, work).
    3. Brainstorm and share a few ideas of how Asian-Americans can “Lean In” and close this gap.

 

 

The 15th Annual VIA-1 Phamily Scholarship

By Andrea Pham and Andy Pham

 

Description:

We, Andrea Pham and Andy Pham, are both excited to continue on to our 3rd year of the Phamily Scholarship. We are offering a scholarship that will cover the early registration fee and hotel fees assuming that the individual will be rooming with three other individuals for the 15th Annual Vietnamese Interacting as One Conference (VIA-1) from March 17-19, 2017 at the Courtyard Marriot Hotel in Minneapolis, MN. We see high potential of strong candidates that are within UVSA-Midwest, and we are searching for a candidate who has excellent potential of continuing to progress within our region. Furthermore, the candidate that we select will be a representative of us, Andrea Pham and Andy Pham in conjunction with UVSA-Midwest, at VIA-1. It is important to note that we are operating independently of UVSA-Midwest; however, we do align and strive for the same goals of developing leaders for the future of UVSA-Midwest. The hope of this scholarship that the selected individual will be a receptive learner at the conference, and with this VIA-1 experience, they will return to their local VSA and community with innovative ideas to further the progress of our region.

 

Award:

The winner of the competition will win free early registration ($65) and hotel fee ($68.75) to the 15th Annual VIA-1 Conference through a reimbursement check immediately after the conference.

The winner of the scholarship will receive recognition during banquet by all staff and attendees.

 

Rules:

  • Essays must be sent to Andrea Pham ([email protected]) and Andy Pham ([email protected]) by March 2nd at 11:59 PM CST.
  • Candidates must be a first-time fully registered attendee of the VIA-1 conference.
  • Only potential attendees who are a part of a membership VSA within UVSA-Midwest are eligible.
  • The selected individual must adhere to our goals and their goals to the best of their ability.
  • Please include your name, academic institution, year in school, and major.

 

Questions:

In 300 words or less for each question, please answer the following:

  1. What do you hope to gain and bring back to your local VSA and community from VIA-1?
  1. What are your short-term and long-term goals to create a family atmosphere within UVSA-Midwest and your own Vietnamese community after this VIA-1 experience?

 

First-Time/Returning Attendee Scholarship

By UVSA-Midwest

 

Description:

The Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of the Midwest (UVSA-Midwest), a non-profit, non-partisan, community based organization, was founded in 2007 as a means for Vietnamese youth organizations from across the Midwest region to network with one another, share common resources, develop leadership skills, and collaborate on philanthropic projects.

This year, VIA-1 will be held the in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota during the week of March 17-19th, 2017. This scholarship opportunity will be given to a candidate willing to pursue the same mission of UVSA-Midwest.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Marketing Director at [email protected]

 

Award:

The winner of the competition will win free early registration ($65) to the 15th Annual VIA-1 Conference and receive recognition during banquet by all staff and attendees.

 

Rules:

  • All submissions must be sent to [email protected] by March 2nd at 11:59 PM CST.
  • Essay winners will be selected by the Marketing Committee, Executive Directors, UVSA-Midwest Executive Board and Board of Directors.
  • Only fully registered attendees are eligible to apply.
  • Essay winners will receive free registration through PayPal reimbursement.

 

Questions:

In a short essay (500 words maximum/question), answer the following questions accordingly.

  1. From attending the 15th Annual VIA-1 Conference, how will you further develop your leadership skills to bring back to your respective VSA?
  1. Please choose the question applicable to your status.
    1. First-Time Attendee: Why are you attending and what do you hope to get from this conference?
    2. Returning Attendee: Why are you attending a second time, and what do you hope to gain from this year’s conference?
    3. What are some of your dreams and how will this conference contribute to your academic and/or life goals?

 

 

Conference Theme Scholarship

By UVSA-Midwest

 

Description:

The Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of the Midwest (UVSA-Midwest), a non-profit, non-partisan, community based organization, was founded in 2007 as a means for Vietnamese youth organizations from across the Midwest region to network with one another, share common resources, develop leadership skills, and collaborate on philanthropic projects.

This year, VIA-1 will be held the in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota during the week of March 17-19th, 2017. This scholarship opportunity will be given to a candidate willing to pursue the same mission of UVSA-Midwest.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Marketing Director at [email protected].

 

Award:

The winner of the competition will win free early registration ($65) to the 15th Annual VIA-1 Conference and receive recognition during banquet by all staff and attendees.

 

Rules:

  • All submissions must be sent to [email protected] by March 2nd 11:59 PM CST.
  • Essay winners will be selected by the Marketing Committee, Executive Directors, UVSA-Midwest Executive Board and Board of Directors.
  • Only fully registered attendees are eligible to apply.
  • Essay winners will receive free registration through PayPal reimbursement.

 

Questions:

In a short essay (500 words maximum/question), answer the following questions accordingly:

  1. The theme for this year’s conference is Cùng Nhau Lên Tiếng | Together, Let’s Raise Our Voices. With this in consideration, please reflect and discuss how you have spoke up personally or plan to speak up to help recognize and address the current social issues that divide our society.
  1. From attending the 15th Annual VIA-1 Conference, how will you further develop your leadership skills to bring back to your respective VSA based on this year’s conference theme?
  1. Please describe a person who was an inspirational role model to you whom pushed you to be the best you can be as a leader and to have an voice.

 

 

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