Bui Simon Announces Angel Wings Foundation Scholarship Program

Bui Simon, administrator and benefactor of the Angel Wings Foundation International in Thailand, introduces the organization’s Rural Teaching Scholarship. This initiative seeks to educate children from underprivileged backgrounds by providing them with dedicated mentors.

The Angel Wings Foundation International is always looking for instructors who are willing to teach in rural areas of Thailand. Several lucky teachers will receive scholarship money for relocating to a rural area and teaching important skills to the local children. The foundation has a budget of 30,000,000 Thai baht—worth more than $1 million U.S. dollars—that will sustain 12 years of teaching scholarships.

Bui Simon recently worked with the mayor of Phuket to help select bright, young people who want to become teachers. The selection process requires an aptitude test, a 3.0 GPA, an interview, and a paper application. Ms. Simon says she looks forward to choosing and nurturing the best applicants from around southern Thailand to promote the gift of education.

Bui Simon, who was crowned Miss Universe in 1988, has spent the years since working on behalf of the underprivileged children of Thailand.

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About Bui Simon

For over two decades, Bui Simon has fulfilled diverse responsibilities as a Miss Universe winner, television news anchor, civic leader, and dedicated philanthropist. Crowned the 37th Miss Universe in 1988, Ms. Simon became only the 2nd winner to represent Thailand. She accepted a role as a Thai Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations, advocating on behalf of children’s rights during the 10th anniversary of the International Year of the Child. Her public efforts, including a speech at the U.N., helped secure the 1989 passage of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, recognized Bui Simon’s sustained efforts on behalf of children’s rights, presenting her with a Thai Royal Medal of Honor. Throughout the next decade, Ms. Simon continued to advocate for children in need through association with UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund. She simultaneously pursued a high-profile career as an Anchor on CBS News’ 60 Minutes II Thailand and as a spokesperson for brands, such as Pepsi, Colgate-Palmolive, and Revlon. Moving to Southern California to raise a family with her husband, Bui Simon remained dedicated to children’s issues. In 2002, she founded the Montecito, California-based Angels Wings Foundation. Following the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, Ms. Simon’s organization provided over $500,000 to reconstruction efforts in coastal Thailand. This resulted in the construction of 100 homes, as well as orphanages and schools. The Foundation also sought adoptive families for children orphaned by the natural disaster. Bui Simon currently guides an Angels Wings Foundation initiative that seeks to provide 60 teaching scholarships over the next 5 years, encouraging future leaders in rural Thailand. Bui Simon earned a B.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, subsequently establishing a Thai Endowed Scholarship Fund. The endowment provides opportunities for exceptional Thai students to pursue undergraduate studies at the University. In recognition of her leadership efforts in education, Ms. Simon was appointed to the Pepperdine University Board of Regents in 2010.
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