The Viet Nam Scholarship Foundation (VNSF) held its 5th annual benefit event to raise funding to support impoverished children in Viet Nam. The dinner, held at Asian Counseling and Referral Services (ACRS), was a huge success with over 100 people in attendance. The event raised over $35,000 to provide scholarships to students from elementary school to college. During the evening, guest enjoyed delicious food donated by Long Provincial and bid on auction items. More than 30 volunteers helped set up the room, decorate, serve food, and clean and move hundreds of dishes, showing the incredible passion they have for helping children in Viet Nam.

“Most people don’t realize what schooling costs in Viet Nam,” says Board member and fundraising chair My-Linh Van, “It only costs $40 to $300 per year to send a child to school or even college. It’s amazing that such a small investment can do so much.”

The organization, founded in 2002, currently supports students in six provinces in Southern Vietnam. As long as students maintain good grades, they receive scholarships from VNSF each year until they graduate from college. This coming year, VNSF will be giving out over $40,000 in scholarships to 375 students currently enrolled in its program. For more information, please email [email protected] and visit the VNSF website at vnsf.org.

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