HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM--(Marketwire - Nov 13, 2012) - On November 2, 2012 the Sunflower Mission presented 23 university scholarships to engineering students in Vietnam. The Sunflower Mission was founded in 2002 to improve the lives of people in Vietnam through educational assistance programs and to provide life-long leadership skills for our students here in America. This was the first year the Engineering & Technology Scholarship Program focused on students studying integrated circuit (IC) design.
"If all you see is poverty and hardship, it is very hard to dream big," said Duy-Loan Le, founding member of the Sunflower Mission and a Texas Instruments (TI) senior fellow. "The scholarships will help these students finish university and, we hope, start a career in IC design, one of the most prestigious jobs in engineering. More importantly, these are students who will give back to the community. We chose students who understand that success is not just about money, it's not just about the individual -- it is also about working for a greater cause."
"Sunflower Mission's corporate partner, eSilicon Corporation, made its Vietnam engineering team available to act as technical advisors and select the top 30 students," said Mai Nguyen, country director, eSilicon Vietnam. The 30 finalists went through two rounds of interviews, one highly technical and one that assessed students' leadership qualities and their commitment to contributing to their communities. "This year, we focused on IC design students, because I believe the ability to design new technology is critical to a country's success," said Ms. Le.
eSilicon, a donor since 2005, hosted the ceremony at its Ho Chi Minh City office. The ceremony began with remarks from Patrick Soheili, VP and GM, IP Solutions, eSilicon Corporation -- eSilicon Vietnam's parent company, and Ms. Le, a veteran engineer who holds over 20 patents through her work with TI. Next, the students participated in a question-and-answer session with Ms. Le and other invited executives. It ended with the scholarship presentation to the students and a photo session with family members.
"By giving the students time to talk with executives and other VIPs, I want to show them life's possibilities," said Ms. Le. "Through our interactions, I hope to plant a seed in their hearts that they can change their lives, then grow to help change others' lives by connecting with the engineering community and the greater community of the Vietnamese people. Through this program, I want to create a beautiful cycle."
About Sunflower Mission
Sunflower Mission is a U.S.-based, nonprofit, non-political, non-governmental organization. It seeks to improve the future of Vietnam, one student at a time, by providing classrooms, educational materials and scholarships. Since 2002, it has built and maintained 124 classrooms and provided over 11,000 scholarships to students at all levels, from elementary school through college. Please visit www.sunflowermission.org to learn how you can participate.