17-Year-Old Vietnamese Girl Awarded "Distinguished Young Woman" In U.S

Amy Pham, the 17-year-old young female student became the first Vietnamese - American to win the "Distinguished Young Women" scholarship program of the United States.
March 09, 2022 | 10:42

Vietnamese female student, Amy Pham has achieved much for a 17-year-old.

Anh Tuoi Pham, Amy Pham’s father, said he was from Tam Thanh, Quang Nam Province. His wife was born in Da Nang. The family moved to the United States 20 years ago.

Photo: NVCC
Photo: NVCC

Living in Tennessee, Amy Pham works as a tutor for children, a public speaker, and a philanthropist. In 9th grade, Amy won her first prize in a child lawyer contest with the participant of 13 local schools. She is also an excellent student, who always scores the highest in the classes.

In August 2021, the girl was awarded a certificate of merit by the Director of Tullahoma Council of Education Catherine Stephens for her academic achievements.

Amy has a passion for aerobics and has joined in many sports events as a cheerleader and has won the school’s elegant female students award.

Photo: NVCC
Photo: NVCC

At the end of 2021, Amy Pham has become famous in the overseas Vietnamese community in the United States when she was voted as to Tennessee in the national "Distinguished Young Women" scholarship, making the young girl the first Vietnamese-American to get on the list for the last 60 years.

Vivian Pham, Amy’s mother, said “Distinguished Young Women” provided helpful experiences and improved young school girls' skills. Each state sends its most excellent student to the final row, which will take place in June 2022."

Amy Pham and her family. Photo: NVCC
Amy Pham and her family. Photo: NVCC

Founded in 1958, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest U.S. national scholarship program for high school girls. It has provided life-changing experiences for more than 775,000 young women across the country and more than $112 million in cash for scholarships.

Distinguished Young Women participants are eligible for college-granted scholarships from over 100 colleges and universities. More than $1 billion was provided last year through college scholarships, some of which included full tuition, accommodation to first-class institutions.

With her outstanding achievements, Amy Pham was given $5.100 in a statewide scholarship program for elite high school girls. Moreover, she also received a US$110.000 to study at Alabama University after graduating high school.

“I tried my best to prepare for the program, and improve my skills to meet the standard requirements. I wanted to spread the positive energy to young people,” the 17-year-old said.

17-Year-Old Vietnamese Girl Awarded
Amy Pham (on the right) won the "Distinguished Young Woman" program. Photo: NVCC

Amy Pham’s parents work in the nails industry. Despite their average income, they strive to provide their daughters with an adequate education. They also taught the girl Vietnamese culture and traditions, from the language to traditional clothes.

“When our kids go to school, they communicate in English. However, when they are at home, we speak Vietnamese. I want to teach them the Vietnamese lifestyle. My kids care for other family members and always ask for our permission before going out.”, she said.

After the “Distinguished Young Women," Amy Pham said she would participate in community events as a role model for young people by spreading the message of the program, "Be your true self."

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