Christine Nguyen, a senior at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, was visiting a college when she received a text from her mom — she got the Edison scholarship.
“A lot of my extracurricular activities have been focused around hunger outreach, and that stemmed from talking to the people who stop by my parent’s laundromat,” she said.
Her experience opened her eyes to the reality of homelessness in Orange County despite its stereotype of being wealthy, so she got proactive and helped expand a community garden program by securing grants, including one to grow crops for those in need.
“One in five children in Orange County are at risk of hunger each month,” said Nguyen.
She hopes to discover and flesh out the untold stories and issues with statistics and to find solutions through applied mathematics.
Nguyen plans to study at the University of California, Berkeley, and is grateful for the opportunities the scholarship will bring.
“The ability to focus on my studies in college is a luxury I’m really happy to have,” she said.