Vietnamese American girl wins prestigious US scholarship

A student of Vietnamese origin in the US has won a prestigious scholarship established by the Congress to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics.

Nguyen Tong My Linh, a third-year student at the University of Virginia, was named a Barry Goldwater Scholar for 2006, o­ne of 323 students across the country to receive the honor this year.

The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, room, and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

The scholarship was awarded o­n academic merit from a field of 1,081 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by college and university faculties nationwide.

Linh, 20, of Virginia, is majoring in biochemistry and plans to pursue a medical degree and conduct basic science and clinical research with an emphasis o­n molecular approaches to cancer therapy. She also wants to teach at a university hospital.

Michael Timko, a biology professor and university representative for selecting nominees for the Goldwater scholarships, said: “Because of the competitiveness of these awards, it is an honor to be nominated. It shows a level of achievement that puts them in an elite class.”

The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

University of Virginia (USA)