MGCCC student Tina Nguyen named Guistwhite Scholar

Tina Nguyen, a student from MGCCC’s Jackson County Campus, was named a 2014 Guistwhite Scholars Award Recipient.  Only 20 students in the nation were chosen to receive the award.

Tina Nguyen, a student from MGCCC’s Jackson County Campus, was named a 2014 Guistwhite Scholars Award Recipient. Only 20 students in the nation were chosen to receive the award.

Phi Theta Kappa has named Tina Nguyen, a student from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jackson County Campus, as a 2014 Guistwhite Scholars Award Recipient. Only 20 students in the nation received this award, and were chosen based on academic achievement, leadership accomplishment, and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs. The 20 recipients for 2014 were selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 1,700 applicants to receive this scholarship, the second highest offered by Phi Theta Kappa.

This is the third time a student from MGCCC’s Jackson County Campus has received the annual award.

“It is always exciting for one of our students to receive such a prestigious award that recognizes academic achievement and leadership,” Dr. Mary S. Graham, MGCCC president said.  “Tina is an outstanding student that has the opportunity to accomplish great things. I am happy MGCCC could be a part of her success.”

 A resident of Ocean Springs, Nguyen will graduate from MGCCC in May.  She plans to attend The University of Mississippi to pursue a medical degree, specializing in women’s and children’s health.  Nguyen was named a Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar earlier this month.

She will be recognized at a special reception during Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida, on April 24-26.

Kathy McAdams is an award-winning journalist who has worked at weekly newspapers in Mississippi and the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala. A native of Gulfport, McAdams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University, the University of South Alabama and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism and a master's degree in education and English. She has worked at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College since 2005.