Sunflower Mission awards 59 university scholarships to Vietnam’s future engineers
Texas-based organization has delivered 20,413 scholarships to Vietnamese students
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — December 19, 2018 — Sunflower Mission marked its sixteenth year of supporting student education in Vietnam and presented a total of 59 university scholarships to engineering and technology students in Ho Chi Minh City on December 11 and in Da Nang on December 13. Sunflower Mission, a U.S. based non-profit organization, was founded in 2002 to improve the lives of people in Vietnam through educational assistance programs and to also provide life-long leadership skills for students in the United States. Sunflower Mission Engineering & Technology Scholarship focuses on students who demonstrate not only academic excellence but also exemplify civic leadership potential.
“These scholarships will help students finish their university studies and, we hope, build a career in the semiconductor industry, either in integrated circuit (IC) design or software development. These are students who will also give back to the community. We chose students who understand that success is not just about money, the individual or the extended family — it is also about working for a greater cause,” said Duy-Loan Le, founding member of Sunflower Mission and an independent member of the board of directors of eSilicon Corp.
“Sunflower Mission’s corporate partner, eSilicon Corporation, an independent provider of complex semiconductor solutions for high-bandwidth networking, high-performance computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G infrastructure markets, made its Vietnam engineering team available to act as technical advisors and select the top 59 students. The rigorous selection process included writing an English essay, followed by an interview that focused on technical areas, leadership qualities and commitment to contribute to the community,” said Bruce Newton, VP global HR and country director, eSilicon Vietnam. Mr. Newton also commented, “eSilicon Vietnam was also very pleased to provide two graduating students with an employment offer, as well as another eight students with internship offers to work with our 300-strong engineering team in Vietnam this year.”
“We focus on students who have a passion for IC design because we believe the ability to design and support advanced technology is critical to a country’s sustainable development and its long-term economic success as we embrace the era of Industry 4.0. This year’s ceremony was particularly important with the awarding five scholarships to outstanding engineering students from Can Tho University and this helps acknowledge the growth and development of engineering in the Mekong Delta area,” said Ms. Le.
eSilicon, a donor since 2005, administered the scholarship program with the guidance of Sunflower Mission and hosted the ceremonies at venues in Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang. The ceremony began with remarks from Ms. Le, a world-leading engineer who holds 24 patents through her prior work with Texas Instruments, and Mr. Jack Harding, president and CEO of eSilicon Corporation, eSilicon Vietnam’s parent company. As part of the ceremony, the scholarship recipients, along with scholarship alumni, participated in a lively question-and-answer session with a panel of experts in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) field and were advised by Mr. Harding to “choose a career that you truly love as this inspires a real passion for your work and this results in future success, recognition and rewards.” The ceremony ended with a scholarship presentation to the students and a photo session with family members and university representatives.
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 158 classrooms with seven renovated & nine more under construction, awarded 20,413 scholarships to students at all levels, from elementary school through college, 522 students graduating from college. Please visit www.sunflowermission.org to learn how you can participate.
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