Fitting winner of Ciara’s prize
A LAW student with strong commitment to helping others has been awarded the Ciara Glennon Memorial Scholarship.
Linda Nguyen (22) is the recipient of the UWA scholarship honouring the memory of 27year-old lawyer Ciara Glennon, who was allegedly murdered by Bradley Robert Edwards in 1997.
“It’s been an overwhelming, yet humbling experience and I feel incredibly honoured to have received this scholarship,” she said.
“At the end of the day I don’t see this as being about me or my accomplishments, I see this scholarship as an opportunity to continue Ciara’s legacy and honour her memory by making a real difference in the lives of others, just as the Glennon family have made a difference in mine.”
The daughter of Vietnamese migrant parents, Ms Nguyen has a passion for helping others through mentoring refugee students and volunteering for charities within her community including Edconnect, St Vincent de Paul, STYLEAID and Loftus Community Child Care Centre.
“Mentoring refugees, and going through my own personal challenges, has helped me understand merely a fraction of the hardship that my parents have suffered, and that far too many in this world also endure,” she said.
Ms Nguyen completed a Bachelor of Commerce at UWA in 2015 and is undertaking the Juris Doctor, a postgraduate law degree.
Ms Nguyen also works several part-time jobs and says the scholarship will help contribute to her studies.
“The scholarship will no doubt help alleviate the financial pressures that I currently face, as it means that I no longer have to work multiple jobs to support myself through university,” she said. “More importantly, it also means I can use this opportunity to focus on my studies, and volunteering to help make a real impact on the lives of others.”
The scholarship awards students with $7500 to further their studies in recognition of their contribution to the community in a charitable, cultural, religious or sporting area.
Scholarship winner Linda Nguyen.