Sunflower Mission Awards 23 University Scholarships to

Sunflower Mission Awards 23 University Scholarships to Vietnam's
Future Engineers 
Texas-Based Organization Has Delivered Over 11,000 Scholarships to
Vietnamese Students 
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM -- (Marketwire) -- 11/13/12 --  On November
2, 2012 the Sunflower Mission presented 23 university scholarships to
engineering students in Vietnam. The Sunflower Mission was founded in
2002 to improve the lives of people in Vietnam through educational
assistance programs and to provide life-long leadership skills for
our students here in America. This was the first year the Engineering
& Technology Scholarship Program focused on students studying
integrated circuit (IC) design. 
"If all you see is poverty and hardship, it is very hard to dream
big," said Duy-Loan Le, founding member of the Sunflower Mission and
a Texas Instruments (TI) senior fellow. "The scholarships will help
these students finish university and, we hope, start a career in IC
design, one of the most prestigious jobs in engineering. More
importantly, these are students who will give back to the community.
We chose students who understand that success is not just about
money, it's not just about the individual -- it is also about working
for a greater cause." 
"Sunflower Mission's corporate partner, eSilicon Corporation, made
its Vietnam engineering team available to act as technical advisors
and select the top 30 students," said Mai Nguyen, country director,
eSilicon Vietnam. The 30 finalists went through two rounds of
interviews, one highly technical and one that assessed students'
leadership qualities and their commitment to contributing to their
communities. "This year, we focused on IC design students, because I
believe the ability to design new technology is critical to a
country's success," said Ms. Le. 
eSilicon, a donor since 2005, hosted the ceremony at its Ho Chi Minh
City office. The ceremony began with remarks from Patrick Soheili, VP
and GM, IP Solutions, eSilicon Corporation -- eSilicon Vietnam's
parent company, and Ms. Le, a veteran engineer who holds over 20
patents through her work with TI. Next, the students participated in
a question-and-answer session with Ms. Le and other invited
executives. It ended with the scholarship presentation to the
students and a photo session with family members. 
"By giving the students time to talk with executives and other VIPs,
I want to show them life's possibilities," said Ms. Le. "Through our
interactions, I hope to plant a seed in their hearts that they can
change their lives, then grow to help change others' lives by
connecting with the engineering community and the greater community
of the Vietnamese people. Through this program, I want to create a
beautiful cycle." 
About Sunflower Mission
 Sunflower Mission is a U.S.-based,
nonprofit, non-political, non-governmental organization. It seeks to
improve the future of Vietnam, one student at a time, by providing
classrooms, educational materials and scholarships. Since 2002, it
has built and maintained 124 classrooms and provided over 11,000
scholarships to students at all levels, from elementary school
through college. Please visit www.sunflowermission.org to learn how
you can participate. 
Contact: 
Duy-Loan Le
Sunflower Mission
Phone: 281-274-3714 
 
 
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