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Student Awarded ESL Scholarship for Initiative and Professionalism

Nguyet Pham with Richard Roy

Nguyet Pham was presented a $2,000 scholarship by the New Jersey Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and Bilingual Educators (NJTESOL/NJBE). The award was presented at a dinner in June.

Richard Roy, associate chair of the English as a Second Language Department, taught Ms. Pham in two classes this spring.

“Nguyet has impressed me greatly by her study habits and professional attitude,” he said. “The courses have both involved outside-of-class group research projects, and in each of these projects, she has been a leader. Her contribution goes far beyond the project requirements, showing superior initiative, insight and critical thinking skills. She works well with her group members, modest but supportive.”

Mr. Roy said the scholarship will allow Ms. Pham to cut back on her work schedule, allowing her to devote more time to her studies.

“Her maturity, work ethic and professional background are evident assets that hold the promise for a tremendously successful future, academically and beyond,” he said.