The Willow Tree Scholarship is open to first-year college students or graduating high school seniors attending school in Orange County, California.
Candidates must be enrolled as a full-time college student or planning to enter their first year of post-secondary education at any two or four-year accredited institution in the United States.
Each year, recipients are awarded a scholarship of $1,000 to be used toward college. Winners of the scholarship will be selected on their ability to express critical ideas that can generate a thoughtful connection with their readers.
Must have a minimum of 2.5 overall GPA.
Currently a first-year college student or graduating high school senior attending school in Orange County, California.
Attending or will attend a college in pursuit of a two or four-year degree in any major.
Must submit a personal essay answering the given year’s writing prompt (not to exceed 3 double-spaced pages):
2023 Writing Prompt:
What does “academic pressure” mean to you? What role does academic pressure play in your life and in achieving your aspirational goals?
The recipient of the scholarship must attend a two or four year college within six months of receiving the award.
The recipient is entitled to $1,000 to be used toward the first year of college expenses.
Permit The Wall POV Project the right to solicit the essay to be a part of the “Point of View” educational book series.
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.