The Van Tran Memorial Bursary Program – 2nd Annual

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We are so proud to introduce you to the recipient of the 2nd Annual Van Tran Memorial Bursary: Elaine Tran.

Elaine is a fifth-year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in Honours Sociology with a specialization in Family, Youth, & Diversity, and minor in Political Science at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. Elaine is especially passionate about human rights, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (EDI) both on and off campus. Despite the challenge of balancing full-time studies, employment, and extracurricular activities, she continues to be passionate and motivated to pursue her academic, career, and advocacy and volunteerism goals post-graduation. She aspires to pursue a Master of Social Work degree. She has indeed established herself as a strong student leader for the Vietnamese community, MacEwan University community, and community at large.

Her courage can be felt in her journey. Seeing her as an example of a strong Vietnamese female paving the way for our youth truly warms our heart.Congratulations again, Elaine!(p.s. Thank you Dr. Grace Le for being the driving force behind this. This would not be possible without you.)

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The Van Tran CVBF Memorial Bursary program was established to honour the memory of our dear friend Caterina Thanh Van Tran (1975 – 2018) and her dedication to the Children of Vietnam Benevolent Foundation. Caterina Thanh Van Tran was a graduate of the dental hygiene program at the University of Alberta and a loving mother and a great friend to many who knew her. She was radiant in her inner beauty. Her strength and courage inspired many. 

 A bursary in the amount of $1000  will be awarded annually to honour the legacy of Caterina Thanh Van Tran.

This program is open to members of the Vietnamese student community who are actively participating and contributing to the betterment of our community while concurrently pursuing their post-secondary education. Candidates can submit an application or be nominated by a peer/community member. The criteria for application/nomination are as follows :

  • Demonstrates an active participation in community efforts, either with the Vietnamese community directly or as a member of our cultural community contributing to the community at large.
  • Currently enrolled or entering into any post-secondary institutions in Alberta with adequate standings.
  • Have an overall vision of their lifelong goals with continued efforts towards community and global efforts.

Applicants are required to apply by filling out the application form and providing the requested additional documents. Additional letters of references and letters of intent are not necessary if the candidate is nominated. Closing Date: September 30th, 2021

We hope that Van Tran’s memory and spirit is sustained through this program and that we honour her life with meaning and contribution to further individual futures.

Drs. Grace Le, Cecile Phan and Nhung Tran-Davies
On behalf of CVBF