I was born into a very poor Vietnamese household, and my parents divorced soon after; although both my parents had little and because my older sister and myself lived with my father, he had to work long hours for what we did have. Both parents endeavored to give my sister and mе as much as they could; we never felt that we had to go without although they went without much. My father immigrated to America when I was twelve, taking my sister and I with him and although my father works extremely hard and long hours his income is not sufficient for the three of us to live comfortably, so we are always confronted with financial problems and day to day difficulties. I work 4 hours a week, and although I give the small income I receive to my father, it is very little and does not go far when feeding three mouths. The situation is becoming dire and I am concerned that I will have to give up my studies unless I am able to find some means by which I can contribute to them.
I have been brought up to believe that nothing is free in this world and that we must work for what we need and want, so when I first read about the *** Scholarship I was apprehensive in applying but I later realized that the scholarship is being provided specifically for people like me – people who are striving to accomplish their goals and who are eager to give back to the society in which they live but do not have the monetary capacity to do so. On reflection, I decided to apply, not only for my benefit but for my father