Ernestine Fu is from California and attends Stanford University, majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Ernestine is the founder of Visual Arts and Music for Society, VAMS, a non-profit organization that consists of teenage artists and musicians who use their talents to provide events and performances at hospitals, orphanages, homeless shelters, and convalescent homes.
Ernestine leveraged her passion for the arts and her entrepreneurial spirit to transform her originally local organization into an international non-profit, VAMS International, in order to initiate a worldwide effort to reach out to those who suffer from poverty, diseases, disorders and disabilities. Founding VAMS International required hard work and dedication; Ernestine completed numerous government forms, applied for 501(c)3 non-profit status, wrote business plans, created a website and assembled a board of directors. Since its founding, Ernestine has been the President of VAMS International and has expanded the mission worldwide into over thirty-one VAMS chapters. To date, over 5,000 volunteers have participated in VAMS.
Her other leadership responsibilities include her role as the Conference Chair of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) where she spearheaded initiatives to take SWE to regional and national conferences. Ernestine is also Executive Director of the Student Services Division in the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) and has been featured on the front page of the ASSU website for her exceptional work.
Ernestine is a recipient of the Bill Coggins Community Leadership Award, Wiedner and Vandercook Memorial Award, and the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award for outstanding women in community service.