Theresa Nguyen DeKalb was selected as a Walter Williams Scholar at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Walter Williams Scholars are the highest-achieving incoming students of declared journalism or pre-journalism majors. To be considered for the scholars program, applicants must earn ACT scores of 33 or higher and rank in the top 20 percent of their high school classes. The program is named for Walter Williams, the journalism school’s founding dean, who later became president of MU. Walter Williams Scholars are assigned individual faculty mentors and receive $1,000 scholarships.
“It is an honor to be recognized along with these other Walter Williams Scholars,” Nguyen said in a news release. “Participating in the program already has helped me take another step closer to my career and will continue to present me with great opportunities.”
Nguyen is freshman at MU studying journalism. She graduated from DeKalb High School in 2013 and is the daughter of Chien and Xuen Nguyen.
MU is the largest and oldest university of the state’s major public, land-grant research institutions.