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The Estée Lauder Scholars in Vietnam

Today, The Estée Lauder Companies is touching the lives of young women in the Mekong Delta through a unique partnership with The Asia Foundation's Women's Empowerment Program – The Estée Lauder Scholars. In 2010, with generous support from The Estée Lauder Companies, The Asia Foundation awarded secondary school scholarships to 70 girls in An Giang province, Vietnam. The scholarships were performance-based, with scholars required to maintain or improve their academic standing in order to remain in the program until graduation. In this way, families were encouraged to rally around their daughters in exchange for modest but extremely valuable financial support. The first 70 scholars graduated in 2013. Now through an expanded partnership and a second cohort of 134 Estée Lauder Scholars, The Asia Foundation continues to educate and protect at-risk girls, supporting the growth and progress of women in Vietnam. Meet some of the young girls now pursuing higher education and career dreams through these life-changing scholarships.

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