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History of the Academic Scholarship

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The Academic Excellence Award, formerly known as the Nguyễn Xuân Vinh Scholarship Foundation, traces its origins back to 1999. It was established by a group of pioneering individuals who immigrated from Vietnam to America in 1975, including Long Đào, Hương Trần, Lịch Hồ, Liên Trần, Long Sao, Minh Trần, Nhơn Đặng, Tri Phương Nguyễn, and Ngọc Triêm Nguyễn. These founders have devoted their time to identifying and empowering promising lifelong learners within the Vietnamese Community. Their efforts also serve to honor the memory of Dr. Nguyễn Xuân Vinh (January 1, 1930 – July 23, 2022), a distinguished Vietnamese American aerospace scientist and esteemed educator.

Through the dedication of these founders, the scholarship foundation has granted over 2,000 awards from 1999 to 2018 to young individuals of Vietnamese descent in the Saint Louis area, fostering their academic pursuits towards higher education. The St. Louis Vietnamese Community (STLVNC) is proud to continue the legacy of the Nguyen Xuan Vinh Scholarship Foundation, a platform that has enriched our youth academically for nearly two decades. In this pursuit, we aim to collaborate with parents, sponsors, supporters, and volunteers to inspire and cultivate the leadership potential of our youth in constructive and meaningful ways.


Participate in the Academic Scholarship

*To be considered, applicants must:
  • Be of Vietnamese Heritage
  • Be actively enrolled in a school within the St. Louis area
  • Be in grades 1 through 12
  • Submit a report card showing a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, or mostly on track.
  • Demonstrate active service to the community
  • Demonstrate leadership

Tier 1: $30.00 and a certificate/medal

Students in grades 1 through 12 with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible for a $30 award.


  • Submit most recent cumulative report card

Tier 2: $100.00

Available to high school students who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and demonstrate significant involvement in community service and/or extracurricular activities.


  1. Be a high school student*
  2. Submit most recent cumulative report card
  3. Submit list of community service/leadership activities

Tier 3: $500.00

Available to high school seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above, actively participating in community service and extracurricular activities, are eligible for a $500 scholarship. Additionally, applicants must provide a 500-word response to the prompt: "What does leadership mean to you? Please provide a detailed example illustrating how you have positively impacted others through your leadership."


  1. Be a high school senior*
  2. Submit most recent cumulative report card
  3. Submit list of community service/leadership activities
  4. Submit a 500-word essay, using Times New Roman font, size 12, double spaced. "What does it mean to you to be a leader? Give a detailed example of how you have positively influenced others through leadership."

Apply Today! We will be celebrating and rewarding the efforts of our students at St. Louis Public Libary - Central Library Auditorium

June 2nd, 2024
1:45 PM to 3:00 PM
1301 Olive St, Saint Louis, MO 63103


The St. Louis Vietnamese Community would like to invite you to join us as we celebrate our youth's academic achievements. We hope this work will encourage educational excellence and the pursuit of continuous learning.



Frequently Asked Questions

What is your mission statement?

The St. Louis Vietnamese Community is a 501(c)(3) established in 1998 to enrich the Vietnamese American community through cultural preservation, social and educational support programs, while bridging relationships with other diverse communities to strengthen our heritage.

Are my donations tax deductible?

YES! St. Louis Vietnamese Community is a Section 501(c) (3) charitable organization, EIN 30-0962431. All donations are deemed tax-deductible, absent any limitations on deductibility applicable to a particular taxpayer. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your contribution.

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Please visit our events calendar to find the next event nearest you. We can't wait to see you!

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We welcome all businesses small and large to participate in our events! For more information, please contact our Event Coordinator at vendor@stlvnc.org.

How do I volunteer with your organzation?

We appreciate and welcome all who would like to volunteer with our organzation. For additional information regarding volunteer opportunities, please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@stlvnc.org.


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