Thanh Le

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, B.A. in Political Science
Fort Smith, Arkansas

Parents: Loi Le and Ha Nguyen

Mentor: Dr. Karen Sebold

  • Vice President, Order of Omega
  • President, Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Associate Justice, Associated Student Government
  • Recording Secretary & E. Fleming Mason Fellow, Kappa Alpha Order
  • Legislative Intern, Senator Boozman & Congressman Robert Pittenger
  • Board of Directors, Fraternity & Sorority PAC
  • Campus Campaign Coordinator, Teach for America
  • PR & Marketing Committee, Volunteer Action Center
  • Student Alumni Board

When Thanh Le was growing up, one of his favorite incentives from his parents was a hot bath. In Vietnam, it took a lot of work to boil multiple pots of water enough for a bath, and the water resources were limited. After a 10-year immigration process, Thanh’s family of five reunited with his grandmother in California with three suitcases, $40 and a new start.

After attending high school in Fort Smith, he became a first-generation college student at the University of Arkansas. He plans to use his past and the skills he has learned in college to help underprivileged kids living in low-income communities. He recently accepted a two-year commitment to join Teach For America in San Francisco because he believes all students, regardless of background, deserve the kind of education traditionally found in top private schools and sometimes founding in cutting-edge charter schools.

Through the university, he was able to not only join but become a leader of organizations like the Associated Student Government, the Volunteer Action Center, the Student Alumni Board and Greek Life. Because of his leadership within these organizations, he obtained legislative internships in Washington D.C. and a Teach for America internship in New York City.