Le Pham Wins Welter World Citizen Award

Inver Hills student receives $500 scholarship

Le Pham, a student at Inver Hills Community College, was recognized with the Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award for the spring 2014–2015. Along with 19 other students at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) institutions, Le received a $500 scholarship toward tuition, fees and/or books.
Recipients exemplify the thoughts, words and actions demanded by a 21st century world citizen while advancing the following ideals:

  • All people are of a common species who share a common adventure in a common home.
  • The world shares common problems (pollution, terrorism, challenges), but views them through differing cultural and religious value perspectives.
  • All citizens of planet Earth mutually share an interconnected, fragile biosphere.
  • All people—all cultures, all creeds, all colors and all countries—have made deposits and withdrawals at the world bank of knowledge.
  • Our world is increasingly, inexorably and undeniably interdependent.
  • No one nation, people, region or creed can unilaterally deal with contemporary challenges of pollution, population, poverty, pandemics and peace.

About Le Pham…

  • Pursuing A.A. degree at Inver Hills
  • 4.o GPA
  • Completed high school in Quảng Ngãi Province, Vietnam
  • Hometown: Small village near Quảng Ngãi, a township in the province
  • Residence today: Burnsville, Minn.

Le Pham and her sister, Ly, also an Inver Hills student, grew up on a small family farm near the township of Quảng Ngãi in Vietnam. The province where Le grew up is located at a central point between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. With help from an uncle already in the U.S., Le’s family moved to Minnesota to take advantage of the educational system.

Le Pham in Joplin 2013
Le Pham in Joplin 2013
“At first, life in America was very stressful,” said Le, who adapted to college life by working at the Center for Equity and Inclusion and serving as a student mentor for TRIO SSS. “I couldn’t drive and knew very little English. I felt like I couldn’t do anything.”
Le soon had her driver’s license and her English never stops improving. She has found that people in the U.S. are very independent. “In Vietnam,” she said, “we are more dependent on family.”
Along with the Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award, Le has received the Dennis Anderson Memorial Scholarship due to financial hardship and her good standing in Phi Theta Kappa. She appreciates the teaching method at the college and also enjoys the remodeled college library and Learning Center.  She went on a college-sponsored disaster relief trip to Joplin, Missouri, and also participated in service-learning projects for Building Block and the Salvation Army. She loves chemistry and biology and would like to pursue a career in health care.

For more information about scholarships at Inver Hills, contact:

Inver Hills Foundation
Office: LA228

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