Vietnam Education Fund (VEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation incorporated in the state of Washington.
The board of directors and officers comprises a small group of professionals who want to help young people achieve their dreams in education and give back to their communities. Since 2015, VEF has provided scholarships and opportunities to more than 100 financially challenged students and enabled them to reach their higher potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and the humanities. The board also awards funding to provide milk daily to undernourished children in Vietnam.
More than 25 students who have received financial support and mentoring from VEF’s programs have successfully graduated from colleges and universities in Vietnam with degrees in information technology, engineering, science, economics, and medicine. They are now working with various companies and institutions inside and outside of Vietnam. VEF is an efficient, low-cost operation based on strategic alliances and built upon trust-relationships with non-profit organizations in Vietnam to assist students in need. 100% of the received contributions are disbursed directly to the selected students in the form of awards based on their education merits and family circumstances. The board members and officers themselves donate all administration fees and provide their services without charge.
VEF also recognizes that many students in Vietnam are undernourished. They regularly go to school hungry and struggle to keep up with their schoolwork. They also suffer from diseases and stunted growth as a result of poor nutrition. According to The ASEAN Post, about 1.9 million children in Vietnam were malnourished in 2019. Through the support of generous donors since 2017, VEF has provided milk daily to more than 30 children in primary and secondary education in Da Lat, the capital of Lam Dong province and its rural areas.