Fit­ting win­ner of Ciara’s prize

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch - By IS­ABELLA PATTEN-WIL­LIAMS

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.

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