Meet Our LSEE Scholars



Graphic Designer, Vietnam

Our first scholar, Tiep from Hue City, Vietnam, is 33 and has the drive to build a career in Graphic Design. Tiep’s life was put on hold when left paralyzed from a work related injury. Depressed from this tragedy, he became a burden on his parents, who are humble farmers. He never gave up his dream of earning a decent living and soon adapted to teaching himself a new trade that relies on his strengths. Now that he has started to pull in a small income from graphic design, he is ready to take his education to the next level and attend more computer courses at HueCIT, a local technology related university. The entire cost to attend his first 3 month course is $591. He has graduated successfully from his first course and is currently enrolled in a second one. His course was paused slightly due to health, but now he is back studying again.



Our distribution partner, Nhung, mentors and supports Tiep and checks in on him regularly. Nhung recently had this to say,


"Tiep told me that he is truly blessed to have a good chance to study this useful course which he never dreamt of learning. Actually, his teachers are very dedicated and helpful so it is more comfortable for him to ask questions as well as to have an insight into the knowledge and to be more creative in giving his ideas. Furthermore, he feels excited to attend his class because each class time his teachers stay more focused on practicing. Tiep shared that this is the most effective way to help him to enhance his knowledge and skill. He has learned a lot of things since he took part in this course. Now he can edit photos, retouch product photos, images from raster to vector. Additionally, he can design logos, name cards, detailed illustrations, leaflets, advertising poster images and some various advertisements related to graphic designing. Tiep will try his best to study so that he can complete his course as planned."


Tiep is the first student to attend this university in a wheelchair and the multi-story building has no elevators. He amazes and inspires us with his dedication and positive attitude towards learning useful trade knowledge despite his challenges to equal access. He pushes above and beyond in his leadership and has already broke ground for mobility-related disabilities by asking the university to move their class from the 2nd floor to the 1st. The University Administration and Professors have responded graciously by carrying his wheelchair up the entrance steps and ensuring he has access to the courses he desires. He has a long road ahead of him, but because of LSEE the journey has grown into new potential and possibilities.

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