2018 AmCham Scholars Program

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In 2009, AmCham began a long-term program to recognize outstanding final-year undergraduate students in Hanoi who demonstrate leadership through academic performance, community involvement, extracurricular activities, and possess good English-language skills. The purpose of the program is to help our members find great future employees and to demonstrate AmCham’s commitment to Vietnam and its young people.

Who Can Apply:

AmCham is looking to reward the best-of-the-best, regardless of which university you attend. Final year students that will graduate between September 1, 2018 and September 1, 2019 from all accredited universities in Hanoi are eligible to apply to become a 2018 AmCham Scholar:

  • Applicant must be a “full-time” student.
  • Applicant must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 7.0 out of 10.0 (or 3.0 out of 4.0) or above.
  • Applicant must have an active record of school/social/community service activities.
  • Applicant must be able to communicate effectively in English-language.

Why You Should Apply:

  • Receiving an AmCham Scholarship looks great, whether you intend to apply for a job after graduation, or whether you intend to continue your education in Vietnam or abroad.
  • AmCham Scholars will be recognized by more than 2000 AmCham members throughout Vietnam.
  • Applications will be reviewed by human resource managers from AmCham member companies in Vietnam. This is a great opportunity to get a head-start on looking for a good job after graduation.
  • CASH – everyone can use some extra money, no matter whether you are rich or poor.
  • Scholarship winners receive a free job skills training course taught by American business leaders in Hanoi.
  • Challenge yourself: Fewer than 15 percent of applicants win. Find out if you are good enough.

What The Winners Receive:

  • In mid-December, the US Ambassador and American business leaders will award each AmCham Scholar VND7,000,000 in cash. Runners-up will each receive VND2,000,000 in cash.
  • A free job skills training course taught by American business leaders in Hanoi.
  • Admission to the AmCham Scholars Alumni Club.
  • Resume exposure to the HR departments of our member companies.
  • Priority for possible internship positions.
  • Invitations to many AmCham events and activities.

Schedule / Timeline

  • August 28                 Application Instructions Available Online
  • September 23           Video Submission Deadline
  • October 3                 Results of First Round
  • October 13               Online Questionnaire Deadline
  • October 17               School Transcript Submission Deadline
  • October 27               Results of Second Round
  • November 7             English Language Skills Exam
  • November 18           Results of Third Round
  • Nov 29 – Dec 4         Face-to-Face Interviews in English by Human Resource Professionals
  • December 15           AmCham Scholars Award Ceremony

How to Apply:

Here is the first step towards becoming a 2018 AmCham Scholar: Create a one-minute (60 seconds) YouTube video that describes who you are and why AmCham should choose you? There are many great students applying. What makes you special, different, or better? We need to see you in the video and it needs to be in English-language. Remember, you only have one-minute. Longer videos will be automatically deleted!

While some video proficiency helps, fancy graphics and high-tech cameras aren’t the key to success. Approach your YouTube video with creativity and authenticity – spend the one-minute any way you wish. We don’t expect you to be a professional video editor and please don’t waste money hiring somebody to help you make the world’s greatest video. We are confident that everybody has a friend or relative with a phone that can produce a simple video to let us learn about you. Lots of people apply so this video is what will separate you from the crowd.

Once finished, upload your video to YouTube (click HERE or HERE to learn how to upload a video on YouTube). Then send an email to: [email protected] with “My AmCham Scholars Video” in the subject line. Only include the following information in the email: 1) the URL link to your YouTube video; 2) your full contact information (name, telephone number, email address, university name). Do not include other attachments (awards, transcripts, photos, letters of recommendation, etc.) because we will not read them. Do not include a cover letter or other information about why you want the scholarship. We won’t read it.

We must receive your email no later than 9:00pm (Hanoi time) on September 23. If you send at 9:01pm, we will delete it.

Everything you need to do is listed in the paragraphs above. Most importantly, failure to follow these instructions will ensure you won’t make it round 2.

All applicants that submit the email will receive a communication from AmCham on September 25 about the next step in this competition.

Believe us, becoming an AmCham Scholar is worth it. Be creative and have fun making your video!