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UNSW Law's Ngoc Tram Nguyen Scholarship

2016 Ngoc Tram Nguyen Scholarship Dinner

The dinner aims to raise funds for, and awareness of, the Ngoc Tram Nguyen Scholarship which assists students from non-selective schools in South-West Sydney to study Law at UNSW.

Dinner tickets: $88 (includes an eight course Vietnamese banquet)


Bus tickets (optional): $10

**Bus option includes a shuttle from Canley Vale Station to the venue (approximately 2km) and a bus from the venue to Central Station after the dinner.**

Guest Speaker: Dr Ingrid van Beek AM. 

Dr van Beek is a public health and addiction medicine physician who has been widely recognised for her significant work in harm reduction, and in improving the lives of vulnerable populations.


About the Ngoc Tram Nguyen Scholarship

Ngoc Tram Nguyen came to Australia as an infant refugee. She met Professor David Dixon, former Dean of UNSW Law, and The Kirby Institute's Professor Lisa Maher when they were conducting research on policing in Cabramatta. David and Lisa found Tram to be an extraordinary young woman and the intellectual equal of any of the wonderfully gifted students in the law school.

Tram became a research assistant and co-authored the report, Anh Hai: Young Asian Background People’s Perceptions and Experiences of Policing. Encouraged by Professor Dixon, Tram began UNSW’s University Preparation Program. Tram said “My aim is to help my friends and my community someday ... now I can see that day.” She hoped to become a lawyer and a leader of her community.

But it was not to be. Tram died in a tragic accident before she was able to fulfil her dream.

The Ngoc Tram Nguyen Scholarship allows disadvantaged young people like Tram Nguyen to achieve their potential at UNSW Law. It is awarded to a socio-economically disadvantaged student from a non-selective public secondary school in south-west Sydney, and has a value of $5,000 per year for the duration of an undergraduate law degree (5 years).

Each year, UNSW Law holds its annual Ngoc Tram Nguyen Scholarship Dinner in order to raise funds for, and awareness of, the scholarship. The dinner is a community event and everyone is welcome to attend. 

Help us launch NTN Scholarship #5!

UNSW Law's Ngoc Tram Nguyen Scholarship

It is our goal to award five Ngoc Tram Nguyen Scholarships (one for a student in each stage of the five year undergraduate law degree). Each scholarship, granted in perpetuity, requires funds of $125,000. So far, thanks to the enormous generosity of you – our students, alumni and friends – we have raised the funds needed to award 4 Ngoc Tram Nguyen Scholarships. Natalie, Victor, Leanne and Mary are the recipients of the first four scholarships.

Natalia Brkic is the latest recipient, having gone to Bossley Park High School. She says, "My environment and the people around me have been central in shaping my work ethic towards my schooling and part-time employment, as well as my consistent involvement within the community through volunteering and leadership."

Victor Lam is in his fifth year at UNSW Law, and is an active and enthusiastic participant in campus life.  The scholarship has given him the educational opportunities his refugee parents missed out on. 

Mary Tran is an outstanding student from Canley Vale High School whose mother fled Vietnam to escape the war.  Like Tram Nguyen, Mary hopes that her time at UNSW Law will enable her to help her friends and family, and the wider community.

Leanne Trinh says the scholarship helped her to understand that her financial circumstances were not an obstacle to attending university: “To have a program [that helps us access university] is very encouraging because it breaks down that mental barrier that we might have to getting into uni… I don’t have to be let down simply by my socioeconomic background.”

Our goal is to launch a 5th Ngoc Tram Nguyen Scholarship, please click the link below to make your contribution.  Every donation counts!

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Or call 9385 8334 to make your donation over the phone.  Donations of $2 or more to UNSW are tax deductible in Australia.