Major - Human Services
Hometown - Renton, WA
“I am truly honored to be receiving this scholarship; words cannot explain how grateful I am to be selected for this award.”
Like many, I am a first generation student. Growing up, my parents, immigrants from Vietnam, told me college would be the key to my success. While college was on our minds, the cost of it was too, and if it weren’t for scholarships and financial aid like this one, I wouldn’t have attended Western. Many of the adults in my life highly encouraged me to apply for scholarships to lessen the financial stress of higher education, and through their encouragement as well as my own motivation, I pursued the path of scholarships, and I was fortunate to come across many, including this one. I’m grateful that I am receiving this scholarship because it is greatly lessening my financial stress, including personal costs—I am paying for college on my own, and last school year I had the opportunity to work in the Wilson Library as part of my work-study program.
Receiving this scholarship will allow me to focus more on my academics and being successful in them, because I have one less worry this quarter regarding my financial aid status. I know my parents are proud of me for pursuing the route of scholarships, because it is one less worry for them, since they can’t afford to contribute money to my education.
In high school, I was immensely involved in student government and leadership, and during my three years involved in it, I learned the importance of servant-leadership and developed a deep passion for it. Through my time, I learned how to love through action, and all of it has led me to incredible people and opportunities at Western, especially hall council and NRHH. I have a passion for people, and all that I have experienced in my past through my first year at WWU led me to an opportunity to serve as a resident advisor on campus. I truly believe people matter, and I want to continue working with them after college, while actively striving to live a life of kindness and compassion. A quote I live by is, “Be the person you needed when you were younger.”
In my free time, I like to go on adventures with my friends, watch Netflix, go to the gym, try new things, and learn!