I first visited the social enterprise KOTO (Know One, Teach One) in Hanoi during 2010 as part of a School of Business student study tour and in 2012 I was fortunate enough to meet with Jimmy Pham OAM, a Vietnamese Australian who founded KOTO. Jimmy has been tremendously supportive of our student study tours to Vietnam and has regularly come to speak with the students about his inspirations and journey in establishing KOTO. As part of the program, disadvantaged Vietnamese youth study a diploma of hospitality and undertake a life skills program.
Having seen first-hand the work of KOTO, I too was inspired to help change the lives of KOTO graduates and proposed that the Western Sydney University, School of Business offer a scholarship to an outstanding KOTO graduate. Returning to KOTO, Hanoi it was my great pleasure to present International Partnership and Engagement Manager, and graduate of class 9, Ms Houng Dang, a fee relief scholarship for one KOTO graduate to study in the School of Business in 2018. This opportunity will provide one KOTO graduate the opportunity to further their education in a way they would never have imagined when entering the KOTO program only a few years ago. The scholarship will cover the fees for the student for the first year of their studies up to a value of $25,000.