The Willow Tree Scholarship
The Wall POV Project’s, “Willow Tree Scholarship,” was established in 2018 in honor of Mr. Lieu Van Pham. Lieu was a refugee from Vietnam, who upon arriving to the United States worked multiple laborious jobs to support his family of six.
Although Lieu had a degree in Political Science and was Lieutenant of the South Vietnamese Navy in Vietnam, starting a new life in the United States meant working during the day and taking college courses at night. He eventually earned an Associates Degree, and later became a technician fixing pagers for a local business. He kept his custodian position at night, and continued to work two full time jobs for more than twenty-five years.
Well educated in a war-torn country, Lieu immensely valued school and frequently reminded his children the value of education. He expressed that education, knowledge, and free thought were things no one could take away from an individual. The name Lieu means “willow” in Vietnamese and The Willow Tree Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of his adaptability through difficulties and challenges, and his ideals for continual self-growth and learning.
The Wall POV Project
The inspiration behind The Wall POV Project started with a single, monumental connection between two individuals.
Starting off as strangers and becoming the best of friends, that one spark started a journey where both parties communicated words to cultivate a deep respect for each other's point of view (pov)... even when discussing very difficult topics.
Inspirational connections like this happen every day and enable us to understand how critically reflecting on our own biases can help us relate and empathize with others. The Wall POV Project was created to cultivate this kind of empathetic communication.