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  1. 1. 2013-2014 Student Booklet
  2. 2. Content # Full name Gender Hometown Enrolled University Page # 1 Nguyen Ngoc Son M Hà Nội Foreign Trade University – Hanoi Campus 4 2 Huỳnh Thị Dung F Hà Nội National Economics University 6 3 Duong Thi Hanh F Hà Nội Hanoi Medical University 8 4 Nguyễn Thị Kim Xuân F Thái Bình University of Languages and International Studies - VNU 10 5 Nguyễn Tiến Bằng M Thái Bình University of Science and Technology – Hanoi City 12 6 Phạm Thị Bích Ngọc F Thái Bình Hanoi University of Law 14 7 Nguyen Van Hieu M Thanh Hóa Hanoi University of Science and Technology 16 8 Lê Thị Nam Trang F Thanh Hóa National Academy of Public Administration – Hanoi City 18 9 Ngô Thị Hằng F Thanh Hóa National Economics University 20 10 Mai Thị Linh F Thanh Hóa Vietnam Military Medical University 22 11 Nguyễn Mậu Thành M Hà Tĩnh National Economics University 24 12 Than Van Quang M Hà Tĩnh Hanoi University of Science and Technology 26 13 Nguyễn Bá Đạt M Hà Tĩnh Foreign Trade University – Hanoi Campus 28 14 Trần Quốc Dũng M Hà Tĩnh Hanoi Medical University 30 15 Phạm Thị Ngọc Dung F Phú Yên Foreign Trade University – Ho Chi Minh City Campus 32 16 Tô Bảo Ngọc F Phú Yên University of Science – Ho Chi Minh City 34 17 Huỳnh Thị Sen F Phú Yên Foreign Trade University – Ho Chi Minh City Campus 36 18 Nguyễn Huỳnh Quỳnh Thoa F Phú Yên University of Science and Technology – Ho Chi Minh City 38 19 Châu Thị Bích Hạnh F Phú Yên Foreign Trade University – Ho Chi Minh City Campus 40 20 Lê Bê Ly F Quảng Trị University of Finance – Marketing – Ho Chi Minh City 42 21 Lê Thị Quỳnh Phương F Quảng Trị University of Finance – Marketing – Ho Chi Minh City 44 22 Nguyễn Thị Thu Trang F Quảng Trị University of Economics – Ho Chi Minh City 46 23 Nguyễn Thị Hồng Hóa F Quảng Trị University of Economics – Ho Chi Minh City 48
  3. 3. Content (cont.) # Full name Gender Hometown Enrolled University Page # 24 Nguyễn Thiện Hải M Quảng Trị University of Architecture – Ho Chi Minh City 50 25 Lê Thị Trà My F Quảng Trị University of Economics and Law – Ho Chi Minh City 52 26 Phạm Thị Như Quỳnh F Quảng Nam University of Finance – Marketing – Ho Chi Minh City 54 27 Pham Thi Phuoc F Quảng Nam University of Science – Ho Chi Minh City 56 28 Vo Hoang Phuong M Khánh Hòa University of Pedagogy – Ho Chi Minh City 58 29 Nguyễn Thị Thanh Tuyền F Khánh Hòa University of Finance – Marketing – Ho Chi Minh City 60 30 Nguyễn Duy Long M Khánh Hòa Medical and Pharmacy University – Ho Chi Minh City 62 31 Nguyễn Thị Dương Nhi F Khánh Hòa Medical and Pharmacy University – Ho Chi Minh City 64 32 Le Nguyen Vien Duong M TPHCM University of Pedagogy – Ho Chi Minh City 66 33 Lê Thị Trang F Binh Duong University of Pedagogy – Ho Chi Minh City 68 34 Trần Thị Thúy An F Đồng Tháp University of Pedagogy – Ho Chi Minh City 70 35 Mai Văn Chiến M Đắc Lắc University of Science and Technology – Ho Chi Minh City 72 36 Lê Thị Hồng Thắm F Quảng Nam Foreign Trade University – Ho Chi Minh City Campus 74 37 Nhi Nguyen F Quảng Trị Foreign Trade University – Ho Chi Minh City Campus 76 38 Trang Le F Quảng Trị University of Law – Ho Chi Minh City 78 39 Nguyen Pham M Khánh Hòa University of Economics - Finance – Ho Chi Minh City 80 40 Nhung Ho F Quảng Trị Foreign Trade University – Ho Chi Minh City Campus 82 41 Anh Dong F Khánh Hòa University of Pedagogy – Ho Chi Minh City 84 42 Khoa Pham M Khánh Hòa University of Science and Technology – Ho Chi Minh City 86 43 Huỳnh Thị Mỹ Phượng F Khánh Hòa University of Economics – Ho Chi Minh City 88 44 Lê Bảo Toàn M Khánh Hòa University of Finance – Marketing – Ho Chi Minh City 90 45 Lê Quốc Toản M Quảng Trị National Academy of Public Administration – Ho Chi Minh City 92
  4. 4. Son Nguyen Born 04/30/1993 Parents Parents – Retired, now street vendors Family Income 60 USD/Month Ideal Profession Actuary Me in 3 Words Genuine, Caring, Family-oriented My Dream To help people live happily My College Goal Top 2% Getting to Know Son  Foreign Trade University – Hanoi Campus  Class: Third year  Major: External Economics  Hometown: Nam Dinh  High School: school for gifted students – Hanoi Uni of Pedagogy  GPA: 9,6/10, High School Exams : 50,5/60  College Entrance Exams: Granted Admission (don‟t take exams)  Achievement: Third prize in National Math Competition in two consecutive years, Golden Medal in Math Olympics for Students for 02 years, First prize in Provincial Math Competition at high school
  5. 5. Son comes from a poor family where his parents struggle to send their two kids through college. Their lives could not be worse since his mum was diagnosed with a tumor and recently his dad develops a tuberculosis. Despite all the hardship and illness, Son‟s parents try their best to send Son and his older brother to schools. Son‟s mother sells breads for passengers at a railway station every day regardless of weather, be it extremely hot or pouring rain. However, those little money earned is not even sufficient to cover her own medical expenses. This is exactly why Son has not received any financial support from his parents for over one year now. Son and his brother then had to work to cover all their tuition fees and living expenses. Both of them altogether can make around 70 USD per month, which breaks down to 0.6 USD per meal per person, and of course breakfast is out of reach. Going through all these hardships, Son knows best that only education can help him and his family. He has tried so hard constantly and achieved great accomplishments, e.g. Third prize in the Math National Competition for two consecutive years, Golden Medal in Math Student Olympiad Country-wide, his GPA is ranked # 15 out of 1000 students in his university (which makes him in the top 1.5%). Not only excel in studies, Son has always had a passion for doing good, he participated in a wide range of community work as a way to contribute back to society. Son Nguyen Son’s story
  6. 6. Dzung Huynh Born 01/25/1994 Parents Father – Passed away Mother – Retarded Family Income 20 USD/Month Ideal Profession Entrepreneur Me in 3 Words Optimistic, Determined, Strong-willed My Dream To help my family and people in my hometown break out of poverty My College Goal GPA > 8.0 Getting to Know Dzung  National Economics University  Class: Second year  Major: Investment  Hometown: Hanoi (remote outskirts)  High School: Dong Quan  GPA: 8.5/10, High School Exams : 48/60  College Entrance Exams: 26/30  Achievement: Third prize for Math Competition
  7. 7. Dzung has a very tragic background. Her mother and her younger brother are mentally retarded, they can hardly do normal work, not even be able to hold scissors. Dzung family, thus, has no source of income. Dzung used to be a alcoholic before he passed away. Dzung is a very strong-willed and determined girl. She has to travel 50 km by bus every day to go to school and get back home – this is very uncommon (if not happen at all) for a student in Vietnam. She purposefully does this so that every day when she gets back home, she can do her part-time job for a couple of hours (usually to 8 in the evening) as a way to earn some money. Dzung is clearly the bread-winner for her family. Besides working part-time in her hometown after school, she does a couple of more part-time work in the city, e.g. tutor, delivery of stuff etc., all of which help her to make around 35 USD per month. As the main (and the only) income generator, Dzung allocates around 15 USD out of the 35 USD that she makes to her mother and brother so that they can survive. With all these unimaginable hardships, Dzung still got admitted to one of the top university with a quite high entrance score. And she is on her way to become an Entrepreneur. It has to be noted that Dzung is still very optimistic and determined to overcome challenges and to succeed. However, coming from a very poor family, Dzung is sometimes too obsessed with making money to support herself and her family, she said in the interview: “If I don’t work part-time, the whole family will starve to dead”, when asked “if you receive this scholarship, and we require you to focus on studying, and not to work too much, would you be able to do that?” Dzung Huynh Dzung’s story
  8. 8. Hanh Duong Born 03/22/1995 Parents Father – Farmer Mother – Farmer Family Income 100 USD/Month Ideal Profession To become an excellent doctor Me in 3 Words Genuine and Confident My Dream To provide medical care for the poor My College Goal Get admitted directly to Master Program of her Medical University after graduation (*) Getting to Know Hanh  Hanoi Medical University  Class: Freshman  Major: Doctor  Hometown: Hanoi (remote outskirts)  High School: Dong Quang  GPA: 8.6/10, High School Exams : 49/60  College Entrance Exams: 29.5/30 (Highest score in the applicant pool)  Achievement: First prize for Provincial Competition of Chemistry
  9. 9. Hanh is the second child of a 5 children family. Her older sister is going to graduate shortly and her three younger siblings are still going to schools. Her parents are both farmers, recently her father went to the city as a worker trying to earn a little bit more money to support Hanh‟s older sister at college. All the money that he makes are hardly sufficient to cover expenses incurred by Hanh‟s sister. Hanh‟s mother was diagnostic with a tumor and thus she is getting weaker and weaker. Therefore, it will be a great burden on her parents to send Hanh through college. Knowing that education is the only way to help her family, Hanh has always been trying so hard and put forth her best efforts to study. Hanh has achieved great accomplishments such as the first prize in a provincial competition of Chemistry, and notably achieved highest score out of all applicants applying to Hanoi Medical School (29.5/30). Hanh also applied to another school, which is National Economics University, and she got 27/30 for this one. However, following her passion, Hanh has enrolled at Medical school. Hanh‟s dream is to become an excellent doctor, and to be able to help the poor with medical care. However, her dream is beset with great financial obstacles. She noted to us in the interview that before she went to Hanoi, her mother sadly told her “Don’t forget to find a part-time job once you settle things down” Hanh Duong Hanh’s story
  10. 10. Xuan Nguyen Born 03/22/1995 Parents Father – Passed away Mother – Farmer Family Income < 100 USD/ month Ideal Profession Teacher Me in 3 Words Active, enthusiastic and filial My Dream Succeed in life and make my mother happy My College Goal Top 10% Getting to Know Xuan  University of languages and International studies - Hanoi national university  Class: Freshman  Major: English Pedagogy  Hometown: Thai Binh  High School: THPT Dong Thuy Anh  GPA: 8.1/10, High school exam: 53.5/60  College Entrance Exam: 22.5/30  Achievement: Third prize in provincial English competition
  11. 11. Everyone has once encountered difficulties in life and no loss is as great as the loss of spirit. The day death claimed my beloved father; Xuan seemed to fall into a complete collapse. But since then, she has lived in a strong and brave way moving forward. The situation was becoming more tragic when her mother degenerative spinal disease for many years and the disease gets worse, and sometimes it is likely almost completely paralyzed. Xuan knows she has to be more optimistic, confident, responsible and mature to be a solid support for her mother to lean on. Xuan has lived, studied and moved forward with her own determination, inspiration to succeed: at school, Xuan was a respected class president, and a top-ranked students. Knowing that the road to success is beset with great obstacles, Xuan refused to give up on her dream. She has just opened the door to college which will eventually lead to many other doors of opportunities for those who dare to go far and to succeed, Xuan knows she will need to put forth her best efforts to, one day, realize her dreams. Going to college, Xuan expresses her great commitment to enrich herself with knowledge personally and professionally Xuan Nguyen Xuan’s story
  12. 12. Bang Nguyen Born 08/12/1995 Parents Father - Farmer Mother - Farmer Family Income 60 USD / month Ideal Profession Automation engineer Me in 3 Words creative, active and enthusiastic My Dream Changing my life and taking care of my parents My College Goal Top 10% Getting to Know Bang  Hanoi university of science and technology  Class: Freshman  Major: Automation and control engineering  Hometown: Thai Binh  High School: THPT Đông Thụy Anh  GPA: 8.4/10, High school exam: 55.5/60  College Entrance Exam: 27.5/30  Achievement: Second prize in provincial Math competition / Third Prize in provincial Physics exam / Nguyen Duc Canh Award (for active and excellent students)
  13. 13. Bang is from Thai Thuy – Thai Binh. He was born in a family where his entire family is peasants for so long. He knows clearly the poverty of his home land. His parents have to work hard all years to raise their children. His mother often gets sickness, especially when the weather changes. While his farther gets sciatica disease due to hard work and also gets serious stomachache. Family circumstance is so difficult that his parents have not enough money to seek medical care. The disadvantaged situation, in contrary, motivates him to continuously strive. Although the family could not afford Bang to go to the city and study in a high school for gifted students , he always determines to study and thus was rewarded many prizes. He is not only excellent at study but also very active in participating in many extra activities such as being vice president of the student union and editor of school newspapers. Despite of staggeringly difficult circumstances and sympathy for his parents‟ hardness, once Bang managed to work to make money and this led him to reflect his study. He then got low GPA as a result and finally figured out that he had made mistakes – what he did only solve temporary issues of poverty. At this point in time, he was realizing how important it is to study: to get out of poverty, to improve himself, and to be recognized. Bang Nguyen Bang’s story
  14. 14. Ngoc Pham Born 05/25/1995 Parents Divorced parents and each has re-married and now live in a remote province/city Family Income 30 USD / month Ideal Profession Lawyer Me in 3 Words Strong, ambitious and determined My Dream Succeed in life and contribute to society My College Goal Top 10% Getting to Know Ngoc  Hanoi University of Law  Class: Freshman  Major: Lawyer  Hometown: Thai Binh  High School: THPT Bac Kien Xuong  GPA: 8.3/10 , High school exam: 51/60  College Entrance Exam: 20.5/30  Achievement: High-ranked student at school
  15. 15. Ngoc was born in Thai Binh. It was after her parents divorced that is most challenging for her. And after an accident, her mom suffered hemiplegia and had to spend a lot for treatment but was hardly able to walk and apparently could no longer work. Ngoc and her mother then had to live on her grandparents‟ support – from foods to accommodation as they did not have any income sources. Often in times, all they have for meals are rice and salt. Luckily, her mother went to and gradated from a vocational training school but then she got a job from the remote North West of Vietnam (Lai Chau). Ngoc and her mother was apart since then. Ngoc tried to study hard to overcome difficulties. Now her mother lives permanently in Lai Chau. At the beginning Ngoc‟s mother sent some money back home to cover a part of Ngoc‟s living expenses but then it was stopped as her mother had to pay for the treatment of osteitis disease. Her father, who is living in Ho Chi Minh city, sends a trifling amount of money monthly because he earns very little and has to pay for the treatment of his other daughter‟s chronic tumor. On her side, the grandmother is very old, unable to work and has illness all the time – Every time Ngoc needs money to pay tuition fee, her grandmother has to struggle around to borrow money. However, through these hardship, Ngoc believes she will be stronger and more rational. Living as a poor and hard-working farmer, she has a dream to break out of poverty. She always reminds herself to study for a better life. Ngoc knows she has to walk on her own foots as she has no-one to live on. As a young matured girl, she loves justice and peace, and that‟s why she wants to enroll at Law school because one day she will be able to contribute to her country. Ngoc Pham Ngoc’s story
  16. 16. Hieu Nguyen Born 06/13/1995 Parents Father – Serious Sickness (unable to work) Mother – Farmer Family Income < 40 USD / month Ideal Profession Electrics Engineer Me in 3 Words Hard-working, Mature, Determined My Dream To become an excellent electrics engineer My College Goal Ranked as a top student Getting to Know Hieu  Hanoi University of Science and Technology  Class: Freshman  Major: Electronics  Hometown: Thanh Hoa  High School: Tran Phu  GPA: 8.2/10 , High school exam: 44.5/60  College Entrance Exam: 26/30  Achievement: Second prize for Provincial Math Competition; Third prize for Math Competition on Casino Calculator
  17. 17. Hieu usually leaves people with the impression of himself that he is very trustable, even after first meet-up as he shows his genuine and honesty in every single word he speaks. Hieu comes from Thanh Hoa, a poor province in the central region of Vietnam. He is one of the best student in his high school with a great deal of achievements that could go on and on. He especially loves and has passion for physics, and that‟s why he decided to become an engineer by applying to Hanoi University of Science and Technology – one of the best (if not the best) university focusing on science and technology. A dream that seems to go well on track for someone might be the most challenging one for another. Going to college will put his entire family on financial burden: Hieu‟s father is so sick by now, he could no longer work, his mother earns around 100 USD per month and it‟s still way too far from enough to cover living expenses for a 5 member family, not even to think of medical care for his father. That‟s not all yet – Hieu‟s family is now having a debt of 2.500 USD incurred when his family decided to renovate the house. Despite all hardships and financial burdens, Hieu still strongly believes that he will somehow be able to realize his dream. He once said he will find a part-time job and try to earn enough to pay tuition fee – but this might just be not really realistic given how much time his schooling eats in his schedule. Knowing there are still many obstacles down the road, Hieu is optimistic about overcoming those challenges Hieu Nguyen Hieu’s story
  18. 18. Trang Le Born 04/08/1995 Parents Father – Farmer Mother – Farmer Family Income < 40 USD / month Ideal Profession To become a government official Me in 3 Words Caring, Mature, Genuine My Dream To have a house that rain can not leak through the roof My College Goal To have good result Getting to Know Trang  National Academy of Public Administration  Class: Freshman  Major: Public Administration  Hometown: Thanh Hoa  High School: Nhu Thanh  GPA: 7.4/10 , High school exam: 38/60  College Entrance Exam: 24.5/30  Achievement: Prize for Provincial Literature Competition
  19. 19. Trang is a very special case that we encountered when doing scholar recruitment in Thanh Hoa. Trang comes from a family which has nine (09) members and is extremely poor. Out of 09 members: her older brother and her niece both have bulbar poliomyelitis, her grandmother is already very old, her father has serious pain in his joints...Everyday these nine people live in one single house which rains leak through the roof easily; “When it rains, it is like we all sleep under the sky, with no roof above us” – Trang describes her house in a sad voice. This has haunted her for so long – nights of being wakened up when it rains – that Trang share „my dream is to have a house that rain could not leak through the roof when we are sleeping‟, when asked about her dream. Her family has a debt of 1500 USD, which they do not know when and how they can pay the back the Bank. That‟s why Trang has always known that she will be coming to college on her own. She will need to work part- time to pay all tuition fee and to cover her living expenses in the city. Working part-time is not something new to Trang. She has been doing part-time work since high school. Through high school, Trang has embroidered a lot, earning around 2 USD per piece – and it takes one week to complete one single piece. This has kept Trang away from hanging out with friends frequently as Trang has to finish her embroidering work. At school, Trang has long known for her gift: She has been in various roles in her extra curriculum activities such as MC, singer, painter etc. Trang Le Trang’s story
  20. 20. Hang Ngo Born 07/05/1995 Parents Father – Martyrs (passed away while on duty) Mother – farmer Family Income <50 USD/Month Ideal Profession Businesswoman Me in 3 Words Genuine, Caring, Matured My Dream Businesswoman My College Goal Ranked as a top student Getting to Know Hang  National Economics University  Class: Freshman  Major: International Economics  Hometown: Thanh Hoa  High School: Ba Dinh  GPA: 8.3/10, High school exam: 49.5/60  College Entrance Exams:24,5/30  Achievement: Class President for many consecutive years
  21. 21. Hang is a determined students from Thanh Hoa. Her father passed away when Hang was only 9. From that time, great burdens of raising a family was put on Hang‟s mother who has been diagnosed with a heart disease. Having been aware of the importance of studying, Hang went through difficulties and studied really hard to not let her mother down. Her brother is currently studying in National Economics University. For Hang, she aspires to be a cardiologist not only to change her family's situation but also wants to take care her mother by herself. Moreover, she wants to put her effort to bring people healthy hearts so that no one has to suffer from heart diseases. However, that her family is really poor makes she decided to come to National Economics University to have conditions to support her family. Hang is not only excellent academically but also really active. She takes part in many actives in Vietnam Youth Union to improve her communication skills and to practice other relevant skills. Despite her young age, she knows how to support her mother by working as a part-time cleaner in a small restaurant every morning. In spite of her hard life, her dream and aspiration urge her to do her best to make this dream come true. Hang Ngo Hang’s story
  22. 22. Linh Mai Born 12/30/1995 Parents Father – Farmer Mother – farmer Family Income < 40 USD/Month Ideal Profession Doctor Me in 3 Words Humorous, Affable, Direct My Dream To become an excellent doctor My College Goal Ranked as a top student Getting to Know Linh  Vietnam Military Medical University  Class: Freshman  Major: Doctor  Hometown: Thanh Hoa  High School: Mai Anh Tuan  GPA: 8.3/10, High school exam: 49.5/60  College Entrance Exams: 28,5/30  Achievement: First prize for provincial math competition / First prize for math competition on Casino calculator
  23. 23. Coming from a four member family which is always full of love, Linh has grown up with a good heart of helping people. But a heart disease has haunted her family for so long, including her father and herself. Her mother has a tumor which is not cured yet due to financial constraint. With a heart disease, Linh is pretty weak and this makes its hard for this small girl to even do anything but study. All the burden thus is on her parents although their health is not any better. As a result, Linh has gradually develops her passion for medical school and for becoming an excellent doctor. She wants to help unfortunate people by her own hands and skills learned from the Medical school. This dream has helped drive Linh forward in her studies. Trang has achieved great accomplishments such as prizes in provincial competitions for top students. These achievements has always been a cure for Linh and her family. The hardship that Linh went through has strengthen Linh and made her determined to succeed and to help her family. In order to help her own family, Linh has worked as a waiter in a restaurant, earning little money to support her family. However, working part-time does not distract Linh from her main responsibility – study. She has made great efforts to balance part-time work and study. Trang also participates in a wide range of extra curriculum activities: She was once a editor for the school newspaper and was regarded as a highly responsible team leader of editor group. Linh Mai Linh’s story
  24. 24. Thanh Nguyen Born 01/13/1995 Parents Farmers Family Income < 100 USD/year Ideal Profession Auditor Me in 3 Words Open, caring and determined My Dream To become an excellent auditor and have a happy family simultaneously. My College Goal Ranked in the top Getting to Know Thanh  National Economics University  Class: Freshman  Major: Audit  Hometown: Ha Tinh  High School: Ha Tinh High School for gifted students.  GPA: 8.9/10, High school exam: 53.9/60  College Entrance Exam: 28/30  Achievement: Third place in the National Math Competition for students for two consecutive years / First prize for provincial Math competition for three consecutive years
  25. 25. Thanh was born in a family where all members are purely farmers. For this reason, he became a boy of maturity and strong will at very early age and always appreciate the family situation for driving him forward constantly . His parents are both very hardworking. Although there are bad weather days intensifying their agonizing pains because of working so hard, they still wake up at 3 a.m. to go farming or to make pickled vegetable, earning money to bring up their children. This has always obsessed him. Feeling sorry for parents and wanting the whole family full of health and smiles, he tried continuously to become one of the most excellent students of Ha Tinh high school for gifted students. Thanh‟s achievements are certainly adorable for many people. Some prizes can be mentioned such as Third place for 02 successive years at the National Math Competition and Winner or Runner up at the Provincial Math Competition for several times. Based on his accomplishment, Thanh was granted unconditional admission to Hanoi University of Pharmacy without having to take entrance exams. However, this young man once again surprised people by making effort to compete for a seat in National Economics University, satisfying his desire for working with numeric data. Thanh wishes to go study abroad soon in order to open his mind, develop his country upon return and simply make his parents happily enjoy life with their sons and daughters. Thanh Mau Thanh’s story
  26. 26. Quang Than Born 03/25/1995 Parents Farmers Family Income <70 USD/month Ideal Profession Automation Engineer Me in 3 Words Open, humorous, affable My Dream To have a happy family My College Goal Ranked as a top student Getting to Know Quang  Hanoi university of science and technology  Class: Freshman  Major: Automation technique  Hometown: Ha Tinh  High School: Ha Tinh High School for gifted students.  GPA: 8.5/10, High school exam: 50/60  College Entrance Exam: 27/30  Achievement: Winner for two years and 01 runner up prize in the Provincial Math Competition
  27. 27. Quang grew up in a family where all members are purely farmers. Their accumulated debt is now up to 2000 USD while monthly income is less than 70 USD. Quang‟s parents had to work very hard to bring up their children. This fact weakens their health days by days, causing illness regularly, especially chronic diseases such as gastrodynia, spondylolysis, high blood pressure or nerves problems. Feeling sorry for parents and two younger brothers, Quang was so diligent, determined, and successfully got admission to Ha Tinh High School for gifted students. Since he started his high school, he has had to become a tutor to earn a little more money to finance his education. At first, the new life were not easy for Quang. But he soon perceived the value of studying and he won some great prizes in provincial competitions for gifted students. These achievements perhaps inspired his parents to work even harder to raise up their sons. Since a little boy, Quang had a great passion for soccer and there were times he dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player. However, family situation did not allow him to do so. He finally choose to follow another path for which he does have passion: to become a leading engineer with international exposures. Being admitted to Hanoi University of Science and Technology is a decent first step. Quang would have to take student loan, which only cover half of education expenses, to finance his tertiary education as it‟s the last resort Quang Than Quang’s story
  28. 28. Dat Nguyen Born 03/10/1995 Parents Farmers Family Income < USD 100/month Ideal Profession Businessman Me in 3 Words Open, active, humorous My Dream To become a successful businessman and to have a happy family My College Goal Top students Getting to Know Dat  Foreign Trade University – Hanoi Campus  Class: Freshman  Major: Economics of external affairs  Hometown: Ha Tinh  High School: Ha Tinh High School for gifted students.  GPA: 8.5/10, High school exam: 48/60  College Entrance Exam: 25.5/30  Achievement: Third prize in The French competition for gifted students at provincial level for three consecutive years
  29. 29. Since Dat was little, he was a feeble boy, suffering from several illnesses. That‟s the most challenging barrier preventing him from achieving his goals and doing his favorites. Additionally, his family is not happily harmonious. His parents usually have serious arguments, creating significant negative influence on his thinking and mood. One of the turning point in his life was when he got unexpectedly low result in the entrance exams of Ha Tinh high school for gifted students because of shame and tiredness derived from a very big quarrel of his parents. But when forced to choose between band A at a normal high school or French specialized program at the school for gifted students, he insisted on going for his own wants: specialized program. Then, he became a very active member of the French club at school, contributing to make this foreign language closer to students in his home province. Active, enthusiastic and have aptitudes in many other areas, Dat made a deep impression on people as a determined and energetic though being very thin and small – Dat is also a beat boxer. Currently, his parents still have to work very hard to pay university tuition fee for his two sisters while struggling to find monetary resources for Dat‟s education. Dat Nguyen Dat’s story
  30. 30. Dzung Tran Born 21/08/1995 Parents Father - Tailor Mother - Clothes seller Family Income < USD 100/month Ideal Profession Machine Manufacturing Me in 3 Words Caring, open and sociable My Dream Work for parents My College Goal Have excellent academic performance Getting to Know Dzung  Hanoi University of Science and Technology  Class: Freshman  Major: Machine manufacturing  Hometown: Ha Tinh  High School: Ha Tinh High school for gifted students  GPA: 8.8/10, High school exam: 54/60  College Entrance Exam: 22.5/30  Achievement: Third prize in National Math Competition; Winner in Provincial Math Competition for three consecutive years
  31. 31. As the eldest among the three sons in family, Dzung always proves to be a mature boy who takes care of and really appreciate his beloved family. To make the best favorable conditions for their sons and help Dzung realize his dream, his parents had to work very hard. Seeing his parents leave home early when it‟s still dark to prepare for a selling day at market and return home when it‟s completely dark, Dzung feels immensely sorry and worry about them. Especially in recent days, there are many unexpected big debts because his parents have to take loans to pay for another debts incurred by his depraved uncle. Their financial burden is becoming heavier as Dzung moves to Hanoi capital for tertiary education. For Dzung, the most important thing is time. Time flies and it‟s not returnable. For the things we haven‟t done yet, we must try our best to realize it because the point in time we are standing here will pass by suddenly. If we want to do something at present, try to get what we want. For that reason, Dzung believes that success will come to people who use time effectively. Dzung Tran Dzung’s story
  32. 32. Dzung Pham  Foreign Trade University  Year: Freshman  Major: External Economics  Home town: Phu Yen  High School: Luong Van Chanh High School for gifted students  GPA: 8.7 / 10  College Entrance Exam: 24.5 / 30  Achievements: Prize in Provincial English Contest Born 08/12/1995 Parents Father – Famer Mother – Famer Family Income 190 USD/Month Ideal Profession Entrepreneur Me in 3 Words Approachable, Kind, Ambitious My Dream More stable financially My College Goal Top 5% Getting to Know Dzung
  33. 33. Dzung was born in Phu Khe I, Ha Xuan Đong, Đong Hoa. Her parents, as farmers, have unstable income. Besides supporting Dzung going to school, her parents still have to provide for her younger brother in high school and her younger sister in primary school. Her parents still owe the bank a lot of money after a shrimp crop failure. Her academic achievement is very good and therefore, she got admitted into Foreign Trade University in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) with a score of 24.5, which is not so surprising. Having spent 3 years of high school away from home and of taking care of herself, Dzung is aware of her family predicament, and her responsibilities to take care of her bother and sister. Hence, she tries very hard both at home and at school - During 3 years she always ranks in the top 5 of the class and achieved a GPA of 8.7 out of 10. Dzung likes to study English and have a passion for entrepreneurship. Therefore she chose external economic majorr at Foreign Trade University athough her parents wanted her to study at a Military University to reduce the financial pressure for her family . She cried a lot when it comes to a choice between Military University and Foreign Trade University, then she convinced her parents and decided to follow her passion because she always believes that despite of difficulty, she will be able to manage to pursue her passion. She planned to focus on learning and adapting to student life first and then she will go find a part-time job as a way to lessen her parents‟ financial burden. Dzung Pham Dzung’s Story
  34. 34. Ngoc To  University of Natural Science Ho Chi Minh City  Class: Freshman  Major: External Economics  Hometown: Phu Yen  High School: Lương Văn Chánh High School for gifted students  GPA: 8.5 / 10  College Entrance Exam: 23.5 / 30  Achievement: Prize in Provincial English Contest Born 05/31/995 Parents Father – Farmer Mother - Farmer Family Income < 50 USD/month Ideal Profession Doctor Me in 3 Words Hard-working, sociable, approachable My Dream Her Grandmother‟s and Mother‟s health gets better, and they do not have to work too hard anymore My College Goal Have scholarship to study abroad Getting to Know Ngoc
  35. 35. Ngoc comes from Phu Yen province. Her parents got divorced when she was a child, and she had to move to live on her grandparents while her mother works far away. After her grandfather passed away, her mother returned and lived with her grandmother and her. She also has a little half-brother in the age of primary school. The whole family‟s income depends on her mother‟s farm work leading to many financial difficulties. During her study in Tuy Hoa, Ngoc had to do many part-time jobs to cover her living expenditures, such as making chiffon flowers and cashew nut shell or private tutor. However, Ngoc has such a great spirit in studying despite difficult living conditions. As a result of her great efforts, she was honor to receive two merit-based scholarship from two scholarship foundations…. Ngoc wants to become a doctor to heal patients in need. This dream was nurtured since her grandfather, who took care of her when she was a little child, passed away. This great pain urges her to be able to take care of and to heal for her family by herself. Although she did not get admission to the Medical University, she still pursues Biotechnological Major in HCMC University of Science. Ngoc is very independent and competent. Despite her poor family background, she possesses a positive attitude and strong determination to succeed. Her university goal is to strive for a scholarship to go study abroad. Ngoc shows a great determination in breaking out of poverty. Yet the current burden is still her University financing. Right after enrolling at school, Ngoc has been actively seeking for jobs in the city. Ngoc To Ngoc’s Story
  36. 36. Sen Huynh  Foreign Trade University - HCMC  Class: Freshman  Major: International Finance  Hometown: Phu Yen  High School: Lương Văn Chánh High school  GPA: 8.9/10  College Entrance Exam: 28.5/ 30  Achievement: The First Prize in Mathematics Contest in 2012 and Third Prize in 2013; the Second Mathematics Prize of Phu Yen province through Internet ; the Second Mathematics Prize through Casio Method Born 06/10/1995 Parents The Father - Huỳnh Tấn Thành(a farmer ) The Mother - Đoàn Thị Nhương (a farmer) Family Income 150 USD/month Ideal Profession Becoming a business woman Me in 3 Words Kind, hard-working and shy My Dream To study To contribute for Vietnam‟s development My College Goal Top 10 Getting to Know Sen Huynh
  37. 37. Sen‟s family has four people including a sister who just graduated from Ho Chi Minh University of Science and Technology, an older brother is a second – year student in Ho Chi Minh University of Science and Technology and a brother – currently a high school student. Because Sen‟s family has many children and her brother and sister have studied at university but her parent could not afford to finance their children‟s education by themselves, they have to borrow money every year. She is a bit shy but always approachable and friendly with everybody around. She likes solving a mathematical problems, going to school and listening music as well as travelling. Whenever she does anything, she tries her best to focus and over-deliver. Sen is academically excellent. In the college exam this year, Sen has achieved a very high score 28.5/30, getting admission from Foreign Trade University in Ho Chi Minh city. Sen also knows about her timidity as a weakness, she really wants to improve this defect while in her university life. Sen Huynh Sen’s Story
  38. 38. Thoa Nguyen  Hochiminh City University of Technology  Class: Freshman  Major: Electrics  Hometown: Phú Yên  High School: Luong Van Chanh High School  GPA: 8.3/10  College Entrance Exam: 24/ 30  Achievement: : The Third and Second Prize in Provincial Mathematics Contest in 2012, 2013 Born 06/07/1995 Parents Father – Passed away Mother – Farmer Family Income 75 USD/month Ideal Profession Robot engineer Me in 3 Words Genuine, integrity, diligent My Dream Explore career in automation and to support family My College Goal Graduate with high distinction Getting to Know Thoa Nguyen
  39. 39. Thoa lives with her mom and her brother at Hoa Xuan Dong Ward, Dong Hoa, Phu Yen. Her mother works on the farm to raise the children. Her father died of an accident when she was preparing for the entrance examination for the high school for gifted students, which she was in. Life seemed so hard for this young girl who had to suffer a lots at this age. She was so lonely and weak since her father, who had inspired, encouraged her, went away forever. But still his images remained everywhere. He had inspired her to math, to the joyfulness of finding out something new and to the happiness of watching human technology advances. Afterwards, feeling ashamed of disappointing her father‟s expectation, she did get over her sorrow and turned to be a stronger and more mature girl. She tried to learn as well as she could to enter the University of Technology and when the day came, she could be down on her knee in front of her father‟s grave to say that “Dad, I made it!”. However, the road ahead of Thoa is beset with great financial difficulty, with all the expensive tuition and living cost in Ho Chi Minh City. Thoa Nguyen Thoa’s Story
  40. 40. Hanh Chau  Foreign Trade University - HCMC  Class: Freshman  Hometown: Phu Yen  High School: THPT Chuyên Lương Văn Chánh  GPA: 8.6/10  College Entrance Exam: 23/ 30  Achievement: NA Born 02/28/1995 Parents Father - Farmer Mother - farmer Family Income 75 USD/month Ideal Profession Journalist Me in 3 Words Sociable, humorous, persistent My Dream Studying abroad, contributing to her country My College Goal Graduate with high distinction Getting to Know Hanh Chau
  41. 41. Hạnh is living with her parents and a younger brother in a small house in the village of Phung Tuong I - Hoa Tri - Phu Hoa – Phu Yen province. Their lives are quite difficult since her father, with her mother‟s help, in order to earn a living, has to struggle in the field in the morning then mow people‟s lawn in the evening for extra money. The income of the whole family is mostly benefited from 4 acres of field. Her parents‟ health conditions are not good, they always suffer from pain. Her father experienced a serious sickness 3 years ago which leaves him pain til this day, and her mother has been overworked. Now they also have to take care of their children, specially Hạnh‟s studying requires a lot of money and she‟s got to do part-time job to cover her tuition and living expense in the city. Besides, they have still owner their relatives some money, especially the 15-million loan for her father‟s illness three years ago. This loan is gonna be due very soon and they still don‟t know who they could repay it given the circumstances. Hạnh‟s family has always had to deal with financial burdens. In our presence, Hạnh has shown to be a frank, outspoken student who has good communication skill. She used to run a Facebook page which provides information about the college entrance exam. A great future is lying ahead of her, but the road down there is accompanied with great concerns. Hanh Chau Hanh’s Story
  42. 42. Ly Le  University of Finance and Marketing  Year: Freshmen  Major: International commerce  Hometown: Quang Tri  High school: Le Quy Don High school for gifted students  GPA: 8.4/10  College Entrance Exam : 20/30  Achievements: Encouragement prize in English competition in 2012, 2013 Born 01/10/1995 Parents Father - Farmer Mother – Farmer Family Income 75 USD/Month Ideal Profession Entrepreneur Me in 3 Words Confident, strong-willed & determined My Dream To become a successful entrepreneur And to contribute to society My College Goal Top 10 Getting to Know Ly Le
  43. 43. Ly was born and raised in Le Xuyen Trieu Trach Trieu Phong Quang Tri. Her family has 5 children but only her father has ability to raise up 3 children (2 in university and 1 in a far-distance school). Her mother has a heart disease, so she can‟t work to support family. The only income of the family is not sufficient to cover living cost and to finance their educations. Living in rural village and working in agriculture, the income is far beyond from stable. Additionally, nowadays, the farming season doesn‟t go well and agricultural produce‟s price is falling down while the cost is picking up. She is always fearful for her education‟s future because her father is not going to have enough money to finance all three children‟s education. Having lived far away from home, she is always aware of the challenges which she has to overcome and learned to live independently. For her, will is the most important thing in life because it can help people overcome any challenges no matter how hard it is. She learned these life lessons from her own experience and from many other public figures such as Nick Vujiic – a handicap man overcomes all challenges to travel around the world and inspire motivation for everyone. Ly Le Ly’s Story
  44. 44. Phuong Le  University of Finance and Marketing  Year: Freshman  Major: Accounting  Hometown: Quảng Trị  High school: Quang Tri high school  GPA: 8.2/10  College Entrance Exam : 22.5/30  Achievements: A third prize for Province‟s Literature Competition in 2011 Born 04/28/1995 Parents Father - No job Mother – Seller Family Income 150 USD/month Ideal Profession Professional accountant Me in 3 Words Good ad numbers, determined & hard-working My Dream Become a successful businesswoman My College Goal Top 10 Getting to Know Phuong Le
  45. 45. Phương lives with her family in a small & poor brick house in Tiều Khu 1, Ái Tử town, Triệu Phong district, Quảng Trị province. Although her family‟s condition is very difficult, she always smiles and feel optimistic in life. Because of an accident, her father lost 81% working ability and can no longer work since it happened. Her mother can earn up to 5 USD per day, which is not sufficient to take care of family. However, coming to Ho Chi Minh city for studying makes her life even harder. Furthermore, her family is still in debt of VND 40 million and other bank loans with 17% interest, all incurred when they built the temporary small house for living. Studying in HCMC is not an easy decision at all, due to tuition, accommodation, high cost of living etc. This also means that her mother needs to work even harder to support her and her mother also needs to cut off many family budget to finance Phuong‟s education. Phuong could only hope that her education will not create any further burden to the family. Phuong Le Phuong’s Story
  46. 46. Trang Nguyen  University of Economics - HCMC  Year: Freshmen  Major: Marketing  Hometown: Quảng Trị  High school: Le Quy Don High school for gifted students  GPA: 7.9/10  College Entrance Exam : 21/30  Achievements: The third prize in Provincial Physics competition in 2012 Born 11/17/1995 Parents Father - Farmer Mother – Worker Family Income 100 USD/month Ideal Profession Marketing Specialist Me in 3 Words Optimistic, open-minded, warm-hearted and helpful My Dream Become an excellent marketer My College Goal Top 5 Getting to Know Trang Nguyen
  47. 47. Trang‟s predicament is quite bad. Her father left and does not provide her with any support at all and her mother is a worker in Truong Son company, earning around 100 USD per month. She also sells vegetables to earn extra income. Unfortunately, the company cut cost and her mother was laid off. The only and main source of income is no longer available. Trang and her mother now earns their living by selling veg in the market, and Trang has to support her with this when she has time. However, recently her mother was seriously sick and can hardly sell things to earn money for the family. Trang studies by herself all the time without the instruction from her parents. She always gets a good result and she has a chance to come to the city to study. She is opened and friendly to talk to everyone but also easily shut herself down in a new environment. She really hopes that with the support of VietSeed, she can complete her studying and reduce financial burden on her mother, which is already very hefty. She comes to college with the great hope that just a few more years, upon graduation, she can help her mother get away from all hardship that they have been going through for years. Trang Nguyen Trang’s Story
  48. 48. Hoa Nguyen  University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City  Year: Freshmen  Major: Accounting  Hometown: Quảng Trị  High school: Triệu Phong High school  GPA: 7.8/10,  College Entrance Exam : 23.5/30  Achievements: Prize in Provincial Chemistry Competition - 2012 and 2013 Born 03/28/1995 Parents Father - Farmer Mother – Farmer Family Income 20 USD/Month Ideal Profession Accountant Me in 3 Words Hard-working, confident & willing to learn My Dream Become a good accountant to support for her family My College Goal Top 10 Getting to Know Hoa Nguyen
  49. 49. Her parents are farmers with unstable income. Her father was the solider in the war and he returned with a serious wound and only has a small monthly allowance of 35 USD. Her two big brothers took a student loan of 1000 USD back in colleges to finance their studies and now they are working far away from home to repay that loan, so they are unable to support the family. Her younger brother is now a high school student. Her father is more than 60 years old without a good health after an accident in 2001. Her mother is almost always sick and don‟t have capacity to work. Due to the limited health, her family only takes a small area to plant rice. The entire family has to live on support from the two older brothers. However, her brothers don‟t earn much money and at the same time, they have to manage to repay their student loans as well as to cover their living expenses. This, together with some allowance that her father is entitled to, is insufficient to feed the whole family. Despite all the hardships and financial difficulties, her parents always try their best to send her and her brothers to school. That was paid by years of hard work and weakening health. And another younger brother is going to high school soon. The only comfort that Hoa can bring to her parents is her excellent academic achievements. Hoa Nguyen Hoa’s Story
  50. 50. Hai Nguyen  University of Architecture Ho Chi Minh city  Year: Freshmen  Major: Construction technology  Home town: Quảng Trị  High school: THPT chuyên Lê Quý Đôn  GPA: 7.5/10  College Entrance Exam : 24/30  Achievements: Third & second prize in Provincial Math competition and Prize in National Math Competition. Born 01/10/1995 Parents Father – Passed away Mother – Farmer Family Income 20 USD/Month Ideal Profession Architecture Me in 3 Words Sociable, Hardworking, Mature My Dream Design and build a cozy house for his own family My College Goal Top 5 Getting to Know Hai Nguyen
  51. 51. Hai‟s father passed away last year, which left a heavy burden on Hai‟s mother because they took lots of loan to cover medical expenses for Hai‟s father. His mother has to take care of all three children who are at the ages of studies. His oldest brother is handicapped and can not even take care of himself. These days, Hai‟s mother has to resort to even a bigger loan to finance his education and to support the other younger child going to high school far away from home. It is undeniable that only a single mother could not earn enough to cover living cost and to finance her children‟s education as her only source of income is from farming work – Not to mention that she has to take care of other stuff of the family on her own as well. Hai‟s mother is getting older and soon she won‟t be able to do everything on her own like she did in the past years and her children‟s education is still way too far from completion. Hai knows best how important it is for him to finish college but he is fearful of the very possibility that he won‟t be able to do so, even though he really wants to. In the interview with us, he leaves a good impression of a thoughtful young man who always gives a lot of thoughts to important decisions. However, he is a bit shy and lacks of confidence. The bright side is that he is aware of this and really wants to change and improve himself. Hai Nguyen Hai’s Story
  52. 52. My Le  University of Economics – Law HCMC  Year: Freshman  Major: International commercial law  Home town: Quảng Trị  High school: Quang Tri high school  GPA: 8.2/10  College Entrance Exam : 28/30  Achievements: NA Born 12/11/1994 Parents Father - Farmer Mother – Seller Family Income 75 USD/Month Ideal Profession Lawyer Me in 3 Words Mature, Happy, Hard-working My Dream Become a successful business woman My College Goal Top 10 Getting to Know My Le
  53. 53. My‟s family is beset with a lot of difficulties : 7 children, 2 older sisters are studying at colleges, family‟s income is not stable. Her father doesn‟t have a secure job, he just works around trying to see if anyone wants to hire him for something – it is more on a seasonal basis. When someone asks her father to do something, he gets paid a bit and that could help feed the family, but when he is not, her mother will have to borrow from others to buy foods etc. Her family encounters most difficulties in winter as no one hires her father. The entire family has to reply upon her mother selling veggies. Moreover, her father gets sick very often – it‟s a heart disease! And every time it occurs, they panic and don‟t really know what to do as they don‟t have money for medical care. Sadly due to the family‟s abject poverty, she sometimes thought about stopping her education for while, then try to work to earn some money for the family. But when her mothers got to know this, she expressed her absolute objection. She once said: “You should not be worried about how much we owe others, what you should know is that the most meaningful thing for me in this life is being able to send my children through colleges and helping them reach their dreams of higher education”. Since that moment, My has always put forth her best efforts to do well in school and the fact is she was an excellent student for all three years in high school. My Le My’s Story
  54. 54. Quynh Pham  University of Finance – Marketing HCMC  Year: Freshman  Major: International business  Hometown: Quảng Nam  High school: Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm High school for gifted students  GPA: 8.5/10  College Entrance Exam : 21/30  Achievements: None Born 11/10/1995 Parents Father - Divorced (and left) Mother - Worker Family Income 100 USD/Month Ideal Profession Business woman Me in 3 Words Confident, Active, humorous My Dream To become a successful business woman My College Goal Top 5 Getting to Know Quynh Pham
  55. 55. Quynh‟s parents divorced when she was only 5 years old. After that, her mother sent Quynh to her grandparents so that she can go work and earn money. But the labor-intensive job has weakened her over the years. However, every spending in family is relied upon the small allowance that Quynh‟s mother can make. When she got admission into Nguyen Binh Khiem high school for gifted students, her mother tried her best to borrow from everyone that she could, to build a small house, so that Quynh has a place to stay, and does not have to rent a room as it is even more expensive. Tuition fee, food, medical care and a lot of other stuff have become a heavy financial burden on her mother‟s shoulder. Until now, despite of working very hard, Quynh‟s mother has not been able to settle the 1.500 USD that her mother borrowed back in 2010 to build a house. She simply does not earn enough to pay back this hefty amount. With all that said, Quynh still considers herself as approachable, friendly, happy and active. This might explains why is that she always wanted to become a successful business woman. Quynh Pham Quynh’s Story
  56. 56. Phuoc Pham  University of Natural Sciences - HCMC  Year: Freshman  Major: Chemistry Analytics  Hometown: Quang Nam  High school: Sao Nam High School  GPA: 8.5/10  College Entrance Exam : 26/30  Achievements: Prize in Provincial contest in History Born 01/08/1995 Parents Father - Pham Hung (farmer) Mother - Nguyễn Thị Lộc (farmer) Family Income 50 USD/year Ideal Profession Chemistry Researcher Me in 3 Words Hard-working, endure, patient My Dream Become a chemistry researcher who works in a lab My College Goal Top 5 Getting to Know Phuoc Pham
  57. 57. Phuoc grew up in a very poor family. Her schooling is so insecure due to financial constraints. There are Phuoc, her sister, parents and grandparents who live together. Her grandparents are well over 80 years old now, and they can no longer work. It costs them much to keep her and her sister‟s studying at schools. Her parents have to work very hard on the field everyday to earn their living and to cover their daughters‟ tuition fee. The whole family live on the profit from the field which is not stable at all. The work on the field is very labor-intensive. And lately, her mother is so sick that she cannot support her father on the field as much as she used to. Her father got an asthma and it usually goes bad when the weather changes – he can hardly breathe. When this happens, Phuoc is so full of dreadful fears. To cover living expense, to finance two daughter‟s education and to pay medical expense, they all reply on some money from selling produce harvested from the paddy rice field. Having seen her father getting weaker and weaker day by day, she continuously feels sorry for him. Sometimes she even think of giving up on studying to help out her parents. But her parents told her: “Even if we have to borrow to send you to college, we will still do. Our lives have been abjectly poor. You must try your best to study and break out of poverty”. These words are the motivating factor that keeps Phuoc and her sister trying hard at school. Phuoc Pham Phuoc’s Story
  58. 58. Phuong Vo  University of Pedagogy - HCMC  Year: Freshman  Major: Mathematics  Hometown: Khanh Hoa  High school: Nguyen Van Troi high school  GPA: 7.7/10  College Entrance Exam : 24/30  Achievements: Prize in Provincial English Competition Born 10/18/1995 Parents Parents - Passed away Family Income <100 USD/year Ideal Profession Maths teacher Me in 3 Words Hard-working, economical, consistent My Dream Become a good teacher My College Goal Top 10 Getting to Know Phuong Vo
  59. 59. Phuong‟s parents passed away when Phuong was very young. Since 7 years old, he has been brought up by her aunt. At that time, Phuong was still too young to really understand this tremendous loss. Until secondary school, he started feeling lonely, helpless and lacking of love like her peers. However, Phuong is always in a optimistic mood and enjoys this life. He highly appreciates and feels grateful for the help, all the love that everyone give him, which is the driving force moving him forward constantly. The desire to reciprocate those loves enables Phuong to pass two university entrance exams with high band score, and he is aspired to become an excellent teacher to nourish the soul and teach children to become useful men for our society regardless of how hard one‟s life can be. Financial burdens are what Phuong‟s family encounters almost every day. Her uncle and aunt have low- income and also have to take care of their own family. At present, monthly amount of money that Phuong receives from his aunt is not yet specified, but it is surely very little. He hopes to be able to receive some support to continue his education, and he will use the support well, try to learn to become a good teacher, a good person for society and to make this life more meaningful Phuong Vo Phuong’s Story
  60. 60. Tuyen Nguyen  University of Finance and Marketing - HCMC  Year: Freshman  Major: International Business  Hometown: Khanh Hoa  High school: Nguyen Trai high school  GPA: 7.7/10  College Entrance Exam : 20.5/30  Achievements: prize in Provincial Contest in Literature Born 11/04/1995 Parents Parents - Farmers Family Income 80 USD/Month Ideal Profession Business woman Me in 3 Words Intelligent, decisive, adventurous My Dream Become a good business woman My College Goal Top 10 Getting to Know Tuyen Nguyen
  61. 61. Tuyen is a girl born and brought up in Khanh Hoa province. Since her 10th grade, Tuyen has lived in the sadness due to her parents‟ divorcing and her lack of love, but she always viewed it as a motivation to go on and live better. Currently, her mom works as a hired farmer and sells sweet soup in the market in order to afford Tuyen and her younger sister‟s education. However, this source of income is unstable and not sufficient when Tuyen became a student here at Finance and Marketing University. Leading a life full of hardship has made her dream of becoming a student greater than ever. She did make every effort to learn and participate in school activities, voluntary activities with all her heart. All her efforts have been paid off in a rewarding way, she achieved the prize in Provincial Literature Competition in the academic year 2012 - 2013. She passed the graduation exam with a high score and then got admission the Finance and Marketing University. Perhaps, challenges cannot beat her bravery and determination to succeed, and she have considered those challenges a life baggage she has carry to remind herself of the fact that she needs to try harder if she ever wants to succeed. Being an inquisitive person who wants to explore new things in life, she orients herself to follow the path that can help her become a skilled businesswoman. That has been the driving force that inspires her to study hard, train herself over the years. Tuyen Nguyen Tuyen’s Story
  62. 62. Long Nguyen  University of Pharmacy - HCMC  Year: Freshmen  Major: Pharmacy  Hometown: Khanh Hoa  High school: Nguyen Trai high school  GPA: 8.2/10  College Entrance Exam : 28/30  Achievements: prize in Provincial Contest in Chemistry Born 21/11/1995 Parents Mother - Teacher Family Income 130 USD/month Ideal Profession Pharmacist Me in 3 Words Hard-working, Decisive, Humorous My Dream Become a good pharmacist My College Goal Top 10 Getting to Know Long Nguyen
  63. 63. Long was born in Khanh Hoa province. His mother used to be a teacher at a local primary school, in Khanh Hoa. However, due to health problems, she resigned. It is not until 2005 that his mother came back and continued to teach in a secondary school in a town in Khanh Hoa. His mother‟s current salary is about 150 USD per month. There are only two people in Long‟s family living in a house of 75m2. Apart from this source of income, they don‟t have any farm, agrarian land or any valuable property. Since his childhood, Long has been living without father, so he is somewhat not very open up. However, as he grows up, he realizes that this is a weakness, and he wanted to change. In all three years in high school, He volunteered to be the presenter of every group that he was in, to improve his confidence. He also urged himself to attend all school activities as well as Youth organizations from knowledge competition to sport events... This has made a tremendous change for him, from a student who only focused on studying and family and lived relatively inactively, he have completely become a different person: confident, active in social activity. Long likes subjects that are details-oriented or researching work or engineering-related. These occupations always demand conciseness, specificness and detail-orientation as well as require people to have a more structured bird eye view of the issue. Long Nguyen Long’s Story
  64. 64. Nhi Nguyen  University of Pharmacy - HCMC  Year: Freshman  Major: Doctor  Hometown: Khanh Hoa  High school: Nguyen Trai high school  GPA: 8.4/10  College Entrance Exam : 27/30  Achievements: prize in Provincial Contest in Chemistry Born 08/28/1995 Parents Father – Farmer Mother – Farmer Family Income 80 USD/month Ideal Profession Doctor Me in 3 Words Active, Decisive, Hard-working My Dream Help poor patients My College Goal Top 10 Getting to Know Nhi Nguyen
  65. 65. Nhi was born in KhanhHoa Province, and is the second child in a poor family. Her father has low and unstable income. Nhi‟s mother works as a seasonal farmer. Her older sister is going to college and doing part-time job at the same time to finance her own education. The family‟s income comes primarily from Nhi‟s mother, and it is for taking care of all three children at school age, so the family has to struggle a lot. As Nhi is going to college, living away from home in a big city, the financial burden just gest heavier on her mother‟s shoulders. Growing up seeing how hard it is for poor people when it comes to health care, Nhi has been dreaming of becoming a doctor and specializing in pediatricians to help families, the poor to have a better life. Nhi also wishes that her university education can help change people's stereotype about the importance and benefits of college education, and what education can actually bring: a transformative change. To make her dreams a reality, she determined to overcome all barriers that she faced and successfully get admitted to a very good medical school in Ho Chi Minh City Nhi Nguyen Nhi’s Story
  66. 66. Duong Le  University of Pedagogy - HCMC  Year: Freshman  Major: Japanese Language  Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City  High school: Chu Van An high school  GPA: 7.5/10 Born 04/05/1995 Parents Father – Worker Mother – Worker Family Income 75 USD/month Ideal Profession Obtain a bachelor in Japanese Me in 3 Words Hard-working, Willing to learn, Determined My Dream To have a good job upon graduation My College Goal Top 10 Getting to Know Duong Le
  67. 67. Duong is the only child in a poor family in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh city. His father is a construction worker doing labor-intensive work and his mother is a charwoman. Unluckily, Duong was born with blindness. Getting admission to a good college has always been his dream for so long as it is a great example of him standing up and overcoming great obstacles to have a better life by himself. Duong knows best how hard his parents must work in order for him to go to school, and to support her parents, he himself finds a part-time job as a tutor in computer science course, to earn extra money. He used to feel ashamed of studying at a vocational training school – not a public high school, but thanks to his own great efforts, he got admitted to Pedagogical University of Ho Chi Minh City. Although studying university is very difficult for the blind, he is courageous and bold to take on this challenge and he believes he will make it – he will prove that he is blind but not useless. He admires Japanese culture very much. And he thinks that Vietnam and Japan are collaborating closely on many different fields and there might be still many chances to get a good job if he can speak Japanese. Duong also hopes he can showcase Vietnamese traditional culture and learn many good natural virtues of Japanese. Duong Le Duong’s Story
  68. 68. Trang Le  University of Social Sciences and Humanities - HCMC  Year: Freshmen  Major: Journalist  Hometown: Binh Duong  High school: Nguyen Dinh Chieu high school  GPA: 7.8/10 Born 07/23/1995 Parents Workers Family Income 120 USD/month Ideal Profession Journalist Me in 3 Words Hard-working, Determined My Dream To become an excellent journalist My College Goal Top 10 Getting to Know Trang Le
  69. 69. Trang come from 6th Hamlet, Hung Hoa Commune, Ben Cat District, Binh Duong Province. She was born in a poor family. Her mother is a worker in rubber garden; her father is a seasonal worker with unstable income. Most of the family income comes from her mother‟s work but it is again just a seasonal work and thus the income is not that frequent. Her family has 3 children and she is the oldest child. Her younger sisters are students. Whenever Trang has some spare time, Trang will go work with her mother to earn extra money. Besides, her parents also support a child who is the son of Trang‟s uncle. All expenses of family are dependent on a low and unstable income source – Her mother‟s wage. Unluckily, Trang is the disabled, she is blind. But she has never given up on her life. Instead she is very courageous to lead a normal life. She took part in a lot of competitions and achieved many good prizes to prove that she is not useless. Interested in journalism, Trang knows that there are many obstacles on the way to achieve her dream, but she always knows she will get there. It should be noted that when Trang submitted her application form to the University (that now she is enrolling in), the school directly and immediately rejected her application form as they were doubtful of her potentials given her circumstances. Trang decided to go meet school faculty and persuaded them that she will make it and she successfully sent that key message out to the school. Trang has done a great job proving everyone that nothing is impossible as long as we put forth our best efforts in achieving our goals. Trang Le Trang’s Story
  70. 70. An Tran  University of Pedagogy - HCMC  Year: Freshman  Major: Psychology  Hometown: Dong Thap  High school: Nguyen Dinh Chieu high school  GPA: 7.9/10 Born 11/12/1995 Parents Father – Farmer Mother – Retired Family Income <150 USD/month Ideal Profession Psychologist Me in 3 Words Active, affable, steadfast My Dream Help the disabled and the weak My College Goal Top 5 Getting to Know An Tran
  71. 71. An was born in Dong Thap province. Unfortunately, she is a disabled and always fight against attack of glaucoma. Her brother is a blind student at Ho Chi Minh Pedagogy University. Her father is a farmer, her mother already retired. Even the entire family income cannot afford to send two children to universities and to cover medical expense for An. Getting admission to a college has been so long An‟s dream. As someone who can not see the world by her own eyes, education and knowledge are the only way for An to see the world in special way. For An, having proper education is the only way for her to lead a normal and better life. Currently, An is a member of Blind People Association in her school. She usually organizes activities for the blind to help them to mingle and socialize with community more easily. An chose to major in psychology because she wants to help people who have the same situation like her, and because it helps her to connect people to people. An used to feel ashamed of studying at Nguyen Dinh Chieu school (designed specifically for blind students). However, with her great efforts, An made it to college and reassure herself once more time that nothing is impossible as long as we put forth our best efforts in the things we have passion for and if we try really hard to get what we want. An Tran An’s Story
  72. 72. Chien Mai  University of Technology - HCMC  Year: Freshman  Major: Electric - Electronic  Hometown: DakLak  High school: CumGar high school  GPA: 8.3/10  College Entrance Exam: 23/30 Born 11/21/1995 Parents Father – Left the family Mother – Elementary Teacher Family Income 100 USD/month Ideal Profession Technologies Me in 3 Words Direct, Humorous, Cheerful My Dream His family gets better conditions My College Goal Receive scholarship from the university Getting to Know Chien Mai
  73. 73. Chien‟s father has abandoned him and his mother since Chien was 9. When his father went away, he sold their house, and his mother had to borrow money to buy new one. Until now, his mother has not been able to pay back all the money borrowed since then. His mother is a primary school teacher. With such a low income, she really struggles to send her two kids to schools and to pay back money borrowed 9 years ago. When he was in 10th and 11th grade, he studied at the high school for gifted schools in Daklak but due to the unfortunate circumstances where his mother is really sick and financial burden, he decided to move back home and study in a normal public high school with less expense etc. Though he managed to get admitted to a high-ranked university in Ho Chi Minh city which is the University of Technology. Chien appears to be very honest, direct and down-to-earth. His thought process shows a higher maturity level than people of the same age. He even had his own plans (with detailed step) to study at university. Chien also showed great interest in social activities and wants to participate in these activities while studying at school. Chien Mai Chien’s Story
  74. 74. Tham Duong  Foreign Trade University - HCMC  Year: Freshman  Major: External Economics  Hometown: Quang Nam  High school: Tieu La high school  GPA: 7.8/10  College Entrance Exam: 24/30  Achievements: 2nd prize in Provincial English Contest Born 02/02/1995 Parents Father – Farmer Mother – Farmer Family Income <100 USD/month Ideal Profession A Diplomatist Me in 3 Words Affable, hard-working, kind My Dream Become successful in her chosen field My College Goal Graduate with high distinction Getting to Know Tham Duong
  75. 75. Tham was born in a big family. As her parents are pretty old now, they are sick most of the time. Tham and her sisters have to take students loan to finance their college education. The family income is totally dependent on produce from the farm – pig, popcorn, chicken etc. Unfortunately the weather is not in their favor, life just gets worse when a crop does not turn out to be good. It is not very uncommon that sometimes Tham is reluctant not knowing what to do, whether to stop studying and start working to support the family or continue studying with heavier financial burden put on her parents‟ shoulder. However, at these defining moments, she timely and luckily has encouragement from family, teachers and friends to continue to have faith that life will get better one day. With this, Tham became more confident in striving for her dream of becoming a diplomatist. When looking at her friends with better living conditions, she comforts herself that she must try harder. If she could change something about her life, then she wished a better life for her family. Every time she heard about student life with lots of things to worry about, especially when it needs some money, she is so worried about putting another hefty financial burden on her family, and she feels so sorry for her family, her sisters and herself. For Tham, the most important thing is to know that everyone in her family can lead a good life with no more hardship. This is exactly why she always wants to go to college as it paves the way to a better life for her family and herself as well. Tham Duong Tham’s Story
  76. 76. Nhi Nguyen  Foreign Trade University  Class: Freshman  Major: International Business  Hometown: Quang Tri  High School: Trieu Phong  GPA: 7.7/10, High school exam: 51.5/60  College Entrance Exam: 22.5/30  Achievement: 3rd Prize in Provincial Contest in English Born May 24, 1992 Parents Father – Linh Nguyen (passed away) Mother – Duong Thi Cuc (teacher) Family Income USD 50/month Ideal Profession International business Me in 3 Words Confident, caring, determined My Dream Successful in economic field My College Goal Top 50 Getting to Know Nhi Nguyen
  77. 77. Nhi’s Story Nhi‟s father has passed away, leaving the responsibility to take care the entire family on her mother‟s shoulders. Her mother feeds the family with her only unstable source of income, which is farming work. Her mother can earn from 250 to 500 USD annually. Despite the hardship the Nhi and her family have to go through, Nhi still gets a really good academic result at school – She was awarded the second prize in the Provincial English Contest for two consecutive years. Nhi loves her family so much that she always wants to go to college, have the chance to transform her own life and her family‟s living conditions. Nhi considers herself to be confident, decisive and more of an action implementer. Although sometimes she knows she is still a bit shy when it comes to talking to public. Nhi loves Maths and she really enjoys studying Maths. Nhi wants to succeed in business and eventually graduate and work for an MNC. She also wanted to be recognized for her efforts in overcoming hardship and challenges that she have gone past. Nhi’s Story
  78. 78. Trang Le  Law University  Class: Freshman  Major: lawyer  Hometown: Quang Tri  High School: Le Quy Don  GPA: 7.9/10, High school exam: 54/60  College Entrance Exam: 21.5/30  Achievement: 2nd prize Provincial Contest in Literature Born 13/08/1992 Parents Father – Passed away Mother – Farmer Family Income USD 50-100 / month Ideal Profession Lawyer Me in 3 Words Energetic and Consistent My Dream Have money and health to help the poor who have heart disease like me My College Goal Top 50 Getting to Know Trang Le
  79. 79. Trang’s Story Trang was born in a family of 3 children in Lao Bao, Quang Tri. Her father passed away and her mother is a vendor acting as a breadwinner to support all 3 children‟s education. Trang was born with a weak heart which needs surgery. Unfortunately, not until the second surgery supported by East Meet West, could Trang‟s heart be cured. Being trapped in a poor health and in an impoverished condition, she did not give up but chose to overcome all the hardship and became an excellent student with a huge ambition, thanks to her mother‟s encouragement. Trang fiendishly loves reading and expressing her thoughts through pieces of writing. This is where her love for literature had been nurtured and involved. It assisted her to learn about life, to seek for hope, sympathy and become more optimistic and stronger against the hard waves of life. Trang enrolled in the specialized literature class at Le Quy Don - High school for gifted students. She won the third and the second prize for a literature competition in Quang Tri in 2010 and 2011 respectively. During these years, she worked as a private tutor for 8 hours per week. Moving up with tertiary education, she works for “Bup Sen Hong” organization on social projects, fund-raising activities etc. Trang dreams to be able to become a journalist who travels to different places and helps contribute to the society through writings. However, she decided to go for her second choice – Law University – due to her poor health. “Disregarding of what career I eventually choose, I will be putting my best efforts and great enthusiasm into it once decision is made” – Trang shared. The opportunity to go through college is the cornerstone which will lay a solid foundation for her to obtain knowledge, improve herself and move forward in the coming years. More importantly, she will have the chance to become successful in life. Trang shared that she has received support from many people and organizations, esp. East Meet West and she wants to pay it forward. To that end, she made her best efforts to get college admission and thus have the chance to succeed. Trang’s Story
  80. 80. Nguyen Pham  Finance and Marketing University  Class: Freshman  Major: Finance banking  Hometown: Cam Ranh  High School: Phan Boi Chau  GPA: 8/10, High school exam: 49.5/60  College Entrance Exam: 20.5/30  Achievement: N/A Born 27/05/1994 Parents Father – Dung Pham (Passed away) Mother – Pham Thi Ngoc Loan (Tailor) Family Income USD 50-100/month Ideal Profession Banker/Investment Me in 3 Words Social, Honest, Eager to learn My Dream Become a citizen and support my family My College Goal Top 50 Getting to Know Nguyen Pham
  81. 81. Nguyen’s Story Nguyen’s Story Nguyen is the oldest son in a poor family where the youngest is diagnosed with slow-development disorder. His father had passed away and his mother has been taking care of the whole family since then. Having understood the hardship his mother had been through, he tried to help her by doing housework, taking care of his younger brothers and sisters. Despite of financial burden, his mother always encouraged him to pursue his education. Nguyen is an active learner and he loves English. These virtues enable him to write basic software which is very impressive since very few Vietnamese students at his age could do the same thing as he did. He idolizes Bill Gates and he especially loves the adage “University is not the only door to the life”. He strongly believes that with his self-determination and his adept adaptability, he will be successful and will be able to contribute to the community. Nguyen chose the University of Finance and Marketing as a stepping stone to further goals.
  82. 82. Nhung Ho  Foreign Trade University  Class: Freshman  Major: International Business  Hometown: Quảng Trị  High School: Nguyen Binh Khiem  GPA: 8.6/10, High school exam: 54.5/60  College Entrance Exam: 25/30  Achievement: 3rd prize National Contest in Literature Born 11/12/1994 Parents Father – Ho Van Thao (disabled) Mother – Hoang Thi Thuy (farmer) Family Income USD 50/month Ideal Profession International business Me in 3 Words Passionate, Fun, Dedicated My Dream Change my family’s life My College Goal Top 30 Getting to Know Nhung Ho
  83. 83. Nhung’s Story Nhung’s Story Nhung Ho comes from a poor family in a poor sleepy town in Quang Tri province. Her family consists of 5 people, and her two brothers are going to school too. Her mother is a farmer and she is also a worker collecting rubber latex in order to earn little extra income. Nhung has overcome all her hardships and became an excellent student and she has always been able to maintain her top ranking in the class. Besides studies, she helps her mother with housework, with taking care of her younger brothers. Nhung is specifically excellent at Literature, but she also excels at other subjects especially Maths. She likes English and but is a bit less interested in history. She is very determined to make college experience a rewarding one and hopes to be able to find a well- paid job to lessen her family‟s financial hardship. “A happy family, no constant worry of monies” is what she has been dreaming of. Having VietSeed‟s scholarship is a huge encouragement for her to focus on studies and to overcome life difficulty. Nhung is very active when it comes to social work. She part-took in activities such as visiting orphanage shelter, cleaning national graveyard etc.
  84. 84. Anh Dong  Ho Chi Minh University of Education  Class: Freshman  Major: International Business  Hometown: Khanh Hoa  High School: Phan Boi Chau  GPA: 8.4/10, High school exam: 54.5/60  College Entrance Exam: 19.5/30  Achievement: N/A Born 16/01/1994 Parents Father – Dong Van Do (a guard) Mother – Passed away Family Income USD 100/month Ideal Profession Researcher Me in 3 Words Happy, Persistent, Determined My Dream Have a research on Maths and further higher education My College Goal Top 50 Getting to Know Anh Dong
  85. 85. Anh’s Story Anh was born in Cam Ranh, Khanh Hoa and her mother passed away when she was still very small. Her father was re-married and worked as a security guard so Anh and her older sister have to live on the pension funds of her grandmother & grandfather. Her family is financially in a bad condition but she always gets the strong self-motivation to rise out of predicament to be an excellent student. In summer, Anh works as a waitress to gain some income for the next school year. Anh loves reading and especially “Chicken Soup” series. She also loves Maths and learning about environmental solutions. Personality-wise, she considers her strength to be good at planning and goal setting but she also knew that she is still a bit timid. Anh is aspired to be computer engineer and come back to work in her hometown. Because of her family background, she is pretty much empathized with orphan and would love to involve in community work. Anh’s Story
  86. 86. Khoa Pham  University of Technology  Class: freshman  Major: Engineer  Hometown: Khanh Hoa  High School: Phan Boi Chau  GPA: 8.3/10, High school exam: 52/60  College Entrance Exam: 21.5/30  Achievement: N/a Born 09/10/1994 Parents Father – Farmer Mother – Housewife Family Income USD 100-200/month Ideal Profession Engineer in oil & gas industry Me in 3 Words Grateful with parents – Hardwork–Passionate My Dream Change life and support family My College Goal Top 50% Getting to Know Khoa Pham
  87. 87. Khoa’s Story Khoa is from Tan Lap village, Khanh Hoa province. His father is working as a farmer with unstable income, his mother is a housewife helping out his father at home but she is diagnosed with high blood pressure and has to rush to hospital quite often which creates more and more financial burden to the family. His family annual income is just around 10 millions. Since high-school, he has to go to the forest to chop down trees and sell it as burning materials. His family has been in abrupt poverty which sometimes could not afford sufficient foods and makes him want to stop his schooling as a way to lessen the financial burden. But fortunately he has been able to realize that the only way to break out of the poverty trap is to continue his study. He is not only academically excellent but also very confident and active. He loves reading and has a strong preference for math's. He is known for his activeness in his school‟s activities. He also managed to get a part-time job as a private tutor since high school to cover his living expenses. Khoa considers himself to be really ambitious and highly responsible. He dreams to work in oil sub-sector as it‟s potential to make good money and support his parents. Getting the scholarship is a huge encouragement for Khoa. He could buy books and cover parts of his living expenses in the city. Khoa also shared that he would love to pay it forward by working for organizations like VietSeed just to assist disadvantaged students to change their lives. Khoa’s Story
  88. 88. Born 28/8/1993 Parents Father - Huynh Loi (Farmer) Mother - Nguyen Thi Anh Nguyet (Farmer) Family Income 4.5 million VND/ month Ideal Profession Economist Me in 3 Words Consistent, affable, brave My Dream Contribute to the economy of her hometown My College Goal Top 10 Getting to Know Phuong Huynh Phuong Huynh  Ho Chi Minh University of Economics  Year: 03  Major: International Business Management  Hometown: Khanh Hoa  High School: Ton Duc Thang  GPA: 8.6/10,  College Entrance Exam: 20.75/30  Achievement: 1st prize in Casio Princial Maths Contest
  89. 89. Phuong’s Story Phuong was born and grew up in a poor village of Khanh Hoa province. Her parents are farmers. Phuong has been living with the smell of straw and hay, mud and the smell of hardship. However, when meeting with us, she seems to be a brave, intelligent, self-confident girl with good communication skill and a specific objectives in life. Phuong applied to the University of Economics of Ho Chi Minh City in 2011 and now she has been studying for 3 years. She has a dream that one day after graduating she will have enough knowledge, experience and expertise to come back and contribute to her own hometown. That day she will be able to bring something new and innovative for the local farmers who live very poor and unstable lives. Living a poor family, Phuong has to help her parents collect the crops while trying to ensure the study to be always good. In the havest days, she must help her parents in the field. When her brother and sister are not at home, she must look after their baby. In such time, she usually read books to get more knowledge and information and specially to learn English. Phuong’s Story
  90. 90. Born 25/3/1993 Parents Father - Le Thanh (Baker) Mother - Ho Vu Phuong Tam (Merchant) Toan lives with his grandma and aunt Family Income 3 million VND/ month Ideal Profession Marketer Me in 3 Words Affable, active, serious My Dream Found a group that can help the poor My College Goal Top 20 Getting to Know Toan Le Le Bao Toan  Univeristy of Finance and Marketing - HCMC  Year: 03  Hometown: Khanh Hoa  High School: Nguyen Van Troi high school  GPA: 7.5/10,  College Entrance Exam: 18.25/30  Achievement: None
  91. 91. Toan’s Story Toan is a good student with a very high will of overcoming the hardship. Growing up in the lack of love from his parents. His parents divorced when he was only 7 years old and now they both have their own family and children. From that time, Toan lives with his grandma and aunt. His grandma retired and now just looks after the children at home. His aunt graduated from Nha Trang University. She cannot find a job which is relevant to her major so she does tutoring for a living. The three of them leave in a small room. Toan studies in University of Finance – Marketing in Ho Chi Minh City. He loves communication industry and really has an ability to set this field as his career when havine a very sharp thinking and talent in music. Toan can play the guitar and the organ. Toan wants to contribute to the society through his Protestant. He is a boy with a very strong belief. In the future, Toan wants to be a good marketer and able to found a charity group that can help the poor and the student with hardship. Toan’s Story
  92. 92. Born 28/8/1993 Parents Father - Le Van Tai (Fisherman) Mother - Duong Thi Nhan (Farmer) Family Income 3 million VND/ month Ideal Profession Aministrator Me in 3 Words Kind, honest, shy My Dream Become a police officer but his health is not good My College Goal Top 20 Getting to Know Le Quoc Toan Le Quoc Toan  Administrative Institute - HCMC  Year: 03  Hometown: Quang Tri  High School: Trieu Phong High School  GPA: 6.7/10,  College Entrance Exam: 17.5/30  Achievement: None
  93. 93. Quoc Toan’s Story Toan‟s family has 7 members living in a small house. Toan‟s father is a fisherman and he is the one who get the income for the whole family. If the weather is good, he will earn only 3 million VND per month. His job is dangerous when spending the whole day under the harsh and fierce of the sun and wind in the middle provinces in Vietnam. His mother is a farmer who works in the small field of the family. His grandpa who lives with the family retired and cannot help when his eyes can no longer see. He has 2 younger sister and 1 younger brother who are pupils. Because of living in a hardship, Toan‟s health is going down. He really wants to apply to the Police Academy but he could not due to its requirement of health. After school, he has to help his mother cut grass and gather the crop. Quoc Toan’s Story
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