Around Town: Marina student gets collegiate boost

May 08, 2013
  • Betty Nguyen
Betty Nguyen

A big congratulations has to go out to Betty Nguyen for the unbelievable scholarship she earned. Nguyen is the first Marina High School student to win the Gates Millennium Scholarship, according to a news release.

The award is given to 1,000 students annually nationwide and covers five years of college tuition toward an undergraduate degree, two years of graduate school and four years of a Ph.D program.

Students can use the money toward a degree in computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences.

According to the scholarship's website, the goal of the award is to "promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential."

Nguyen, a senior, will be the first in her family to enroll in a four-year college. Her parents fled Vietnam and came to the U.S. in 1990. She has been accepted to UCLA and Notre Dame and is on a waiting list at Harvard.


Nguyen credits her successes with her involvement in Marina's AP courses and with school sports and activities, according to the release.

This year, the scholarship program reportedly had the highest applicant pool since it began in 1999.

According to the website, through this program the Gates Foundation hopes to "develop a diversified cadre of future leaders for America."

Nguyen said she doesn't know yet what she'll major in, according to the release, but is leaning toward social service and public health.


Saving the World, One Drowning Man at a Time

Volunteer lifeguards from the Huntington Beach-based nonprofit International Surf Lifesaving Assn. (ISLA) will speak before Congress on the need for a water-safety education curriculum and to present The Global Drowning Tracker.

ISLA's mission is to prevent drowning worldwide by equiping and training groups around the world.

Huntington Beach junior lifeguard instructor Henry Reyes and Huntington Beach state lifeguard Will Koon have been invited to speak to a congressional committee in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, International Water Safety Day.

Reyes volunteers as the president of ISLA. Koon volunteers as the international relations manager of ISLA, where he coordinates trips around the world.

Reyes and Koon will have three to five minutes to alert Congress of the drowning rates worldwide and to demonstrate the importance of drowning prevention awareness.

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