Danny T. Le Memorial Scholarship


Danny Thanh Le was a great son, brother, and friend. A graduate of Alief Elsik High School in 2003, Danny went on to attend the University of Texas majoring in Biomedical Engineering. To his family and friends, Danny was an inspiration. He aspired to dedicate his life to helping others as a doctor.

Danny was one of the smartest and hardest working people we ever knew. He could have graduated high school without trying, but he studied anyways, knowing it would prepare him for college. At UT, he was majoring in Biomedical Engineering, had a 3.8 GPA, and was on his way to graduating with highest honors. Most people would be glad for an A, but Danny always challenged himself to go above and beyond.

Danny had the biggest heart. He always put everyone’s well-being first. Knowing others were happy made him happy. No wonder he wanted to dedicate his life to helping others.  He helped feed the needy during the holidays, and he tutored students during the school year.  These activities were among the countless selfless deeds Danny performed without ever a second thought or want of recognition.

Danny’s ultimate aspiration was to help alleviate medical poverty in third world countries through work with a medical humanitarian organization.

In his own words, Danny once wrote:

I aspire to continue my Biomedical Engineering education in a top Ph.D./M.D. program. Having both degrees will allow me to fulfill my dual ambitions of being a great teacher and a good researcher. First, a M.D. will allow me to spend a time in the field so that I can share my experiences with my students and teach by example. Secondly, a Ph.D. will reunite me with my love for research – specifically in gene therapy, genetics and computational science.

I want to contribute. As a child of Vietnamese immigrants – and as a human being – I have seen the horrors of a lack of medical care in third world countries. Advances in biomedical engineering have the potential to make health care more effective and more affordable.  I am willing to dedicate my life to that potential.

Unfortunately, a tragic drowning accident on April 8, 2006, stopped Danny from achieving his dreams. This scholarship, created by his friends and family, honors his memory by rewarding a student that demonstrates Danny’s passion for academic success and a life dedicated to the service of others.

Scholarship Selection Criteria

The Danny T. Le Memorial Scholarship is available to students of Vietnamese descent from the Greater Houston area pursuing further education. The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and college students. Each year, one student will receive a one-time scholarship of $2000.

Applicants must excel academically, be committed to community service, and have a strong determination to carry through their goals.


Successful applicant must demonstrate the following characteristics:

Essay Questions:

Answer all three essays in one word document and upload along with your online application. 

Essay #1: What aspect of Vietnamese culture are you most proud of? Describe your first-hand experiences with this aspect and how it has affected your personal growth. (250 words or less)

Essay #2: Analyze this quote from the perspective of your life: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt. (250 words or less)

Essay #3: For each scenario, state your opinion of the ideal course of action for you to take and the reason(s) why. (Answer all three prompts within the designated word limit).

  • At a high school reunion, Pat the popular jock/cheerleader, who you hated because he/she bullied you, is now overweight, jobless, and is poorly dressed. Your group of friends is making jokes about Pat and they ask you, “Hey, didn’t Pat used to tease you a lot?” How do you respond? (50 words or less)
  • Leisurely walking down a street with your rich friend, you see an unkept homeless man, your minimum wage earning Uncle, a pregnant mother of three infants carrying a bag of groceries, and a man mowing someone’s yard. Your friend says, “If you give away the $50 dollars you have on you, when we get home I will give you $100.” How would you respond? (75 words or less)
  • You are on the third floor and a fire has started to smoke up the entire hallway. Trapped behind the fire at the far end of the hallway is your 7-year-old niece/nephew, at the middle of the hallway is your grandmother, and closest to you is a man in a wheelchair. Who would you try to rescue if 10 seconds later the fire would be too overbearing? (125 words or less)

Application Process Checklist

Online Process:
  1. Complete online application form.
  2. Upload resume with online application (Only one needed for all scholarships).
  3. Upload essays with online application
  4. Scan and upload high school transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  5. Submit recommendation online (Only one needed for all scholarships): Recommendation Form

All questions can be directed to dannylescholarship@vietscholarships.org

Deadline: June 30, 2019