Fulbright Grants First Awards for Series of Community-Minded Projects


Fulbright University Vietnam (Fulbright) is delighted to announce that the Scholarship Committee has selected four (04) recipients for the Community Change-Maker Scholarship and three (03) recipients for the TPBank STEM Scholarship. Since the initial scholarship announcement in May 2021, we have received applications from a number of deserving and well-qualified students. After rigorous rounds of applications and interviews, expert panels have chosen seven (07) projects to receive financial supports to realize their diverse community-minded projects.

At Fulbright, the liberal education offers the students the opportunity to experience and pursue a boundless pool of knowledge and skills, integrating with the world-class curriculum, yet deeply embedded within the Vietnamese context. In unprecedented times like now, it is more important than ever to understand the power of a community-minded mindset. Only by working in solidarity can we march forwards into the future.

On this journey of preparing students for a VUCA world, Fulbright is honored to be entrusted by generous donors such as Temasek and TPBank. With their help, we can advance the students’ educational experiences, enhancing their opportunities to thrive and become future leaders. These scholarships also reflect great confidence from Temasek and TPBank in the future of the University and its young people. The students were selected based on their track record of academic excellence and the potential impact of their proposed projects.

Higher education is about more than just preparing for a career. It’s about opening new doors to incredible opportunities and helping students grow regardless of their background, circumstances, or degree. Only when students are placed in the right nurturing environment can they unlock their true potential to initiate impactful innovation and positive changes. As the first and only university in Vietnam to offer Financial Aid, Fulbright works to provide equal access to world-class quality education to students from all backgrounds and propel them to play an important role in shaping the world’s future. In that spirit, the two scholarships promise to create a ripple effect of positive changes.

Community Change-Maker Scholarships

Funded by generous donors, including Temasek, a global investment company headquartered in Singapore, the Community Change-Maker scholarship focuses on projects committed to serving Vietnam society and contributing to the betterment of the broader community. This year, two Fulbright Undergraduate students and two Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management (FSPPM) have won over the expert panels over with their community change-making project proposals:

  • Two Undergraduate students:
    • Le Kieu Oanh (Class of 2023) with “em-in (Emotional Intelligence)”
    • Tran Thi Thu Thao (Class of 2024) with “Long Khanh on the Road”
  • Two Graduate students (Class of 2022):
    • Nguyen Phuong Dung (MPP-PA) with “Empowering Female Farmers in Highland provinces Knowledge-sharing and Community-building”
    • Vu Hai Truong (MPP-LM) with “Youth Talk Sâu”

The recipients of the Community Change-Maker scholarships will each receive an award of 50.000.000VND to realize their projects. These grants do not have any effect on existing financial aid packages.

Le Kieu Oanh

Tran Thi Thu Thao

Nguyen Phuong Dung

Vu Hai Truong

TPBank STEM Scholarships

Funded by TPBank, the first bank to have a diverse and outstanding digital banking ecosystem in Vietnam, the TPBank STEM scholarship focuses on students who are committed to pursue and advance their fields of knowledge through research projects. This year, three students with exceptional passion for technology and innovation have been chosen to receive financial support for their research projects:

  • Nguyen Cao Nghi (Class of 2023) and Nguyen Duy Hieu (Class of 2024) with the joint research proposal on “The Relationship between Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and Slow Wave Activity Changes in the Brain: Mechanism and Applications”
  • Nguyen Phung Nhat Khoi (Class of 2023) with the research proposal on “Synthetic Game Trees in Artificial Intelligence”

The recipients of the TPBank STEM scholarships will each receive an award of $2,000 to realize their projects. These grants do not have any effect on existing financial aid packages.

Nguyen Cao Nghi

Nguyen Phung Nhat Khoi

Nguyen Duy Hieu

Mr. Nguyen Anh Vu, Vice President of Temasek International, congratulates the students and says: “The aim of the Community Change-Maker Scholarships is to help young students at Fulbright realize their true potential. It is a long-term commitment by Temasek to enable exceptional, community-minded students to pursue projects contributing to the betterment of the broader community, building an even better society for the future.”

Mr. Khuc Van Hoa, Deputy General Director of TPBank shares: “TPBank highly values Fulbright’s education model and their recruitment effort. Through the TPBank STEM Scholarship, we are committed to support excellent students who struggle financially, so that they can succeed in their education, achieve their dreams and contribute to the betterment of our country.”

About Temasek: Temasek is a global investment company headquartered in Singapore. We are a generational investor, seeking to make a difference always with tomorrow in mind. As an institution, we have a stake in the well-being of our wider community. We recognize that environmental, social and governance factors can impact our stakeholders, as well as long term sustainability of our companies and businesses. We believe in sharing our successes with our communities. With Temasek International overseeing 23 non-profit philanthropic endowments, we have touched 1.5 million lives across Asia and Singapore through our community work.

About TPBank: Tien Phong Commercial Joint Stock Bank (TPBank) was established in 2008, inheriting many strengths in modern technology, experience and financial capacity from strategic shareholders. With the leading goal of digital banking, TPBank has launched many breakthrough products such as LiveBank – automatic 24/7 banking model, Savy – universal savings application, QuickPay – QR code payment, mobile banking application Ebank, etc.TPBank has successfully applied the virtual assistant T’Aio with artificial intelligence AI and machine learning technology, customer identification system by voice and fingerprint … All that unique product has helped TPBank become the first bank to have a diverse and outstanding digital banking ecosystem in Vietnam.

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