Meet the 2009 Awardees
Humboldt State University
Trustee Ali C. Razi Scholar
Phi Nguyen grew up in Vietnam living with his family in a Ho Chi Minh City slum where low-paying jobs, drugs, crime and illiteracy were the norm. It was a lucky chance to become a pharmacist's assistant that showed him the value of education. Phi then got his opportunity to pursue medicine when, at the age of 19, he and his family immigrated to the United States.
Starting over as an older student in high school, Phi struggled to overcome serious cultural and language barriers. Today, he is studying both cellular molecular biology and Chinese studies at Humboldt State University.
Phi has been involved with the Project Vietnam Foundation and Journey for Children, working as a translator for physicians providing dental and medical care. He was a Wang Family Award winner, spending a year studying in China. After study and research trips to Tibet, Hong Kong and China and graduation, Phi plans to attend medical school and then work in developing countries, especially Vietnam.