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LVEP Golf Tournament Provides Opportunity for Lebanon Students
09.04.13 |
As a first-generation college student and LVEP scholar, Tai Nguyen has had more doors opened for him than he ever thought possible. The senior biology major credits LVEP for giving him the opportunity to work as a multicultural mentor and to travel to Budapest, Hungary, to work as a summer research assistant for Dr. Timothy Peelen.

"LVEP gives individuals the opportunity to grow as a person and to develop and hone their personal skills to their best ability so they can give back to the community and maybe one day help abolish the disparity in the world," Nguyen said. "It creates better people for a better world and a better tomorrow."

Nguyen delivered his remarks at the 24th Annual Achievement Challenge Golf Tournament, held Friday, Aug. 30 at the Lebanon Country Club. He is just one of the 40 graduates and 26 current LVEP scholars who have attended Lebanon Valley College through the assistance of the LVEP program since 2000. In the fall of 2013, 26 LVEP scholars are pursuing LVC degrees. The annual fundraising tournament raised $47,000 to support future scholarships for students like Nguyen.

The Lebanon Valley Education Partnership (LVEP) was established in 1989 between Lebanon Valley College and the Lebanon School District to encourage children in the city of Lebanon to study, stay in school, and aspire to attend college.

Beginning in the eighth grade, students are identified as partners in the program. Partners are students who are doing well academically, but have financial or other circumstances that may prevent them from attending college. The partners are matched with current Lebanon Valley College students who serve as mentors throughout the students' high school years.

The partnership also provides great financial benefits for these students. If students enroll in college preparatory classes and maintain a good academic standing while in high school, they become eligible for tuition scholarships at Lebanon Valley College. Scholarship funds are raised each year by dedicated individuals and business members through the annual golf tournament.

The four-person scramble began with a shotgun starts at 12:30 p.m., and included prizes for gross and net scores, closest to the pin, long drive, putting, and hole-in-one. Check-in and lunch began at 10:45 a.m., with an opportunity for players to meet LVEP students from Lebanon High School. A post-tournament reception and awards program took place at the conclusion of the tournament.

Jamie Cecil, director of development at LVC, said there is still an opportunity to support these students. Cecil can be reached at 1-866-LVC-1866 (1-866-582-1866) or

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