Forty students at the Huế University of Medicine and Pharmacy Faculty of Nursing received CHEER Scholarship Awards at a ceremony on October 22, 2015. Present at the ceremony were Professor Võ Tâm, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huế University of Medicine and Pharmacy (HUMP), Professor Lê Văn An, Dean of HUMP Faculty of Nursing, Dr. Nguyễn Thị Anh Phương, Deputy Head of Office of Science and International Relations and faculty members.

Professors Võ Tâm and Lê Văn An reminded the students of the need for nurses in present day Việt Nam. HUMP is one of the most important universities in the country to prepare doctors and nurses for the central region of Việt Nam. They emphasized the importance of the moral responsibility of the nurses. They called on the students to carry on the spirit of the school and the trust that patients place in the medical doctors and nurses from HUMP.

Dr. Đoàn Thi Nam-Hậu greeted the students on behalf of CHEER for Viet Nam beginning with the history of CHEER’s passion during the past two decades in Viet Nam, to work in the areas of education and health, to lift students from poor families to a brighter future, to encourage students to dare to dream for a better future for themselves and their families, and to contribute to their communities. She also reminded students to continue to develop their humanistic and ethical potential in the transitional phase of the country toward a market economy. “With these scholarship awards members of the CHEER community want to accompany you on your journey to reach your dreams,” Nam-Hậu concluded.

On behalf of the 2015 scholarship awardees, fourth-year student Nguyễn Thuỳ Giang extended her deep appreciation to CHEER for Viet Nam for providing students with the scholarships. “We are students from various provinces but we share the same dream and wish: that is to become good nurses, those with the duty to care for the health of our people. This very dream has brought us together to study at Huế University of Medicine and Pharmacy.”

“During the course of study each and every one of us realizes that the outside community is in great need for good nurses who are passionate about their profession and dedicated to caring for the health of their patients. Those are the noble goals that we want to reach to fulfill the expectations of our parents and teachers.”

“Under the roof of this school we always consider the faculty our home, the teachers, our fathers and mothers, our friends are our brothers and sisters. We always support each other to overcome hardships in this far away land and to make progress in our studies so we can achieve success in the future.”

“CHEER for Viet Nam’s Nursing Scholarship Award is the most significant gift to each and every one of us as nursing students. You have followed us attentively in the last few years by providing scholarships to students who, despite their adversities, achieved good academic standing. You have helped us to overcome our difficulties and to be able to continue our studies, and to alleviate the burdens on our parents and families. On the other hand, CHEER for Viet Nam’s scholarships have been the spiritual source that energizes us to study to become useful contributors to our society, and later to enable us to help those who are destitute.

“We promise to make great strides in our studies, to be worthy of your gifts and to meet your expectations. We hope that CHEER for Viet Nam’s Scholarship Award will accompany us throughout our journey.”

Dream and Hope

Sixty students from first to fourth year levels applied for the scholarships. Forty were awarded after a rigorous application process. Two faculty members at HUMP Faculty of Nursing from each level submit their recommendations to CHEER after reviewing the applications. Two members of CHEER reviewed all the recommendations, applications and essays and made the final decision.

All of the recipients are from poor families. The majority of them live in rural, mountainous areas in central of Việt Nam, from Thanh Hoá, Nghệ An, Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình, Quang Trị and as far away as Daklak in the central highland. Despite their parents’ hardships and their own challenges they have consistently excelled in their studies.

Here are excerpts of some of their essays.

Trương Thị Thuận from Hải Lăng, Quảng Trị, where her parents work in the fields, is determined to finish her nursing program. For this excellent second-year student with a GPA of 8.13/10, the scholarship will bring her closer to her dream: “I hope to return home to work, (to) contribute a little effort to (my) homeland, to live with my family and (to be) useful to society.” To turn that dream into reality Thuận “will try to constantly learn to improve my professional qualifications and good medical ethics practice and to be a worthy and responsible nurse who will bring joy to others.”

Nguyễn Thị Hà, an excellent second-year student with a GPA of 8.4/10 from a farming family in Hải Lăng, Quảng Trị, chose nursing because of her experience observing the nurses at Huế Central Hospital when she was hospitalized while in elementary school. “During the first months of treatment, the kindness and attention, care and affection of the nurses toward the patients was the biggest motivation for me to become a nurse.”

“…inanycircumstances,the nurses act as the pillar in health care, comforting and encouraging the patients to overcome illnesses and diseases.” Nguyễn Thị Hà

For Hà, “Nursing is one of the noblest professions.” She believes that “in any circumstances, the nurses act as the pillar in health care, comforting and encouraging the patients to overcome illnesses and diseases. An active volunteer guide and cheer leader of both the women’s soccer and volleyball teams at the university, Hà is learning English with “a desire in the future, if given the opportunity, to go to foreign countries to study and improve my knowledge and skills.” Hà believes that the accumulation of experiences abroad would help her “better fulfill the responsibilities of a nurse.”

“Personally, I want to be caring and, empathetic, sharing the pain of the patients, always encouraging and comforting.” Growing up in poverty in rural areas, Hà knows first-hand the lack of health care there. that is part of the reason she intends “later to become a good nurse working in hospitals in the provincial countryside to protect the health and raise consciousness of the people about their well- being. Hence, I want to be a part of the effort to care for people’s health, helping to eradicate diseases, and to improve the health of local people. Meanwhile, I will continue to practice ethics, develop personality, character, and the expertise to be the best. In addition, I also want to become a nurse with the ability to organize, manage the activities of nursing, plan and care for patients, and in collaboration with doctors to improve treatment efficacy and ethics.” Hà really wants to become a nurse “with a heart for the patients who are primarily rural people.” Hà believes that “with effort and strong determination,” she “will accomplish her goals.”

If I had a dream! Nguyễn Thị Thương, An Sơn, Nghệ An, 4th year

One can have several dreams in one’s life time. There are dreams unfulfilled, there are dreams broken. But no one taxes dreams, no one can prohibit anyone to not have the right to dream. Thanks to dreams several climb out of poverty. There are sudden dreams in certain periods. There are dreams in one’s childhood. Young people will dream of having money, happiness, profession, celebrity.

I for one have had several dreams, some fulfilled others shattered. I want to talk about one dream–to achieve this dream I have to make so much effort. Learning more about life and the less fortunate’s and their adversities, I want to do so much but perhaps I am not ready yet.

If I had one more dream in life, I wished I could help lots of people and lots of human conditions in needs of support in our country as well as around the world. When I read about situations in one of the regions where the health care was poor, not developed and backward, where people did not yet know how to care for their health, where children were not well cared for, as a future nurse I always wished to do something. I wish to be well prepared to participate in a health care organization to bring health care to the people.


Equipped with tremendous passion and energy of youth I wish to contribute the smallest part to change the life of those unfortunates! From now, at the present, I start to actualize it in the future!”