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The Sunflower Initiative has awarded the 2019 Harriet Fitzgerald Scholarship to Thu-Yên Nguyen of Hanoi, Vietnam.

Thu-Yên had an outstanding academic record at The Olympia Schools in Hanoi as well as accomplishing many firsts for her age and gender. She was the youngest student ever elected as Student Government President at The Olympia Schools, chosen “Best Speaker” at the Vietnam Schools Debating Championship 2017, and led the 2017 Vietnam Schools National Debate Team to win “Best New Nation” at the 2017 World Schools Debating Championship and Harvard College World Schools Invitations as Team Captain. Thu’s interest in gender equality led to a published article on gender equality for the United Nations Women Asia & The Pacific, and she directed a video for the International Day of the Girl Child which was screened in Times Square, NYC. She writes “The supporting system at a women’s college is unique. . . In such developmental and empowering environment, I could establish a global network of female leaders who will help me create a culture of acceptance and celebration of women’s achievements.” Thu-Yên will enroll at Bryn Mawr College in September.

Women's colleges are not only relevant, they are critical for the development of women leaders in all fields.


Women's colleges provide a challenging, supportive, developmentally powerful learning environment.


Where women are more engaged, they hold more leadership positions and develop higher critical thinking skills than their peers at co-educational institutions

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The Sunflower Initiative is a non-profit organization founded by women who have so valued their woman’s college experience that they want to help provide that opportunity for other women. Its mission is to provide scholarships to young women who realize that women’s colleges provide an education superior in many ways to that provided by coed institutions.

The Sunflower Initiative is a non-profit organization founded by women who have so valued their woman’s college experience that they want to help provide that opportunity for other women. Its mission is to provide scholarships to young women who realize that women’s colleges provide an education superior in many ways to that provided by coed institutions.

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