Nguyen Receives ScholarhipMay 4, 2017
RCC Student Receives Independent Insurance Agents of NC Scholarship
RCC business administration student Jean Nguyen of Eden received a $1,000 scholarship to be used as needed to pursue her education. The North Carolina Association of Insurance Agents (NCAIA) established the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina-North Carolina Community College System Partnership Scholarship to be administered by the North Carolina Community College Foundation. The scholarship was established in honor of the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Community College System.
Nominees submitted an essay describing career goals, volunteer work, life experiences and other activities that demonstrate commitment to their chosen program of study.
In her essay, Nguyen described her decision to start a family after high school graduation and the realization that she needed to further her education in order to have a career as a professional. She spent time in the local library taking free, online courses, reading and figuring out her life values. All the while, she continued to be determined to overcome fears and save money for her future.
“After a few years of learning business in my spare time, I felt like experimenting with my selling skills,” said Nguyen.
She spent seven days cold calling attorneys offering to improve their presence on the Internet. With no takers, she finally spoke with an attorney who took the bait. The negotiated terms promised that she would improve the attorney’s website and a 5% increase in revenue would be realized after one month. Needless to say she continued her work for over two years ending with a 36.3% increase in revenue for the firm.
“At that moment, I had my heart set on refining my selling, negotiating, and communication skills through the pursuit of my college education,” explained Nguyen. “I plan to earn an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA.”
Nguyen currently holds a GPA of 3.654 at the college. And that’s not all, her long-term goals are to build profitable business, employ hundreds of people and their families along with serving the community. Nguyen believes that through improving our education system will result in improved mental health and standard of living.
Each of the fifty-eight community colleges in North Carolina were eligible to submit one nomination. A committee of the NC Community College Foundation selected 20 recipients.