Trinh Thi Khanh Nguyen’s father died when she was a young girl in Vietnam, and her mother never had the chance to go to college, but her hard work has earned her a spot in Portland State University’s 2012 Intel Vietnam Scholars Program.
Pictured left: Trinh Thi Khanh Nguyen (third from left) and other students in the 2012 Intel Vietnam Scholars Program
Nguyen is one of 16 women and five men who arrived at PSU on Aug. 2 to complete their bachelor’s degrees and prepare for jobs with Intel in Vietnam. They are the third group of high-achieving Vietnamese students awarded scholarships to study at PSU for two years – and the first group that is mostly women.
The high number of women in this year’s group reflects Intel’s commitment to recruiting women into its technical workforce. Intel’s total investment after three groups in the program tops $7 million.
For Nguyen, studying at PSU fulfills a dream for herself and her mother, a primary school teacher.
“She has followed my steps and taken care of my studies at school with the hope that I would be successful in the future,” she said. “Thanks to her passion, I try a lot to study and make her dream come true.”
The students were welcomed to campus at a reception Aug 3 by PSU President Wim Wiewel; Jill Eiland, Intel’s Northwest Region Corporate Affairs manager; Tran Ba Viet Dzung, director general of the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training's International Cooperation Department; and Renjeng Su, dean of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science.
“Everybody’s expectations for you are to do extremely well, and I know that you will,” Wiewel told the students. “We know that you have the skills, the capabilities and the personal characteristics to succeed both academically and personally here at PSU and as leaders, engineers and managers when you return in two years to Vietnam.”
Pictured right: Two new Intel Vietnam Scholars are welcomed to campus.
PSU and Intel selected the students from 300 applicants through a rigorous screening process, including academic testing and personal interviews. The students receive a two-year scholarship, which covers full non-resident tuition and fees, room and board, books and a small stipend.
The program has been highly successful, with participants performing very well academically at PSU and on the job at Intel Vietnam upon graduation. All the students in the two previous groups are working for Intel at its largest global assembly-test facility in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
In this group, 14 students will study electrical engineering, four will study mechanical engineering, and three will study supply and logistics management.
“We could not be more proud to partner with Portland State University to give you this next portion of your education,” Eiland said. “We hope that you will embrace lifelong learning and take what you learn here in Oregon back to Vietnam.”
Below is a video about the first group of Intel Vietnam Scholars.