|January 20, 2014 • VOL. 52, NO. 2 • Oakland, CA|
| FACE grants offer financial help for education
Chris Good, associate director of Family Aid Catholic Education, opened an email last month that made him smile.
I am writing to express my deep gratitude to FACE and the work that you and your donors do. I began receiving support from FACE as a student at St. Anthony Year Round School in Oakland, where I attended school from K-8. I continued my Catholic education thanks to FACE at St. Joseph Notre Dame in Alameda, where I graduated as the valedictorian. My formation in the Catholic faith and the theological underpinnings of Catholicism had a profound effect on my beliefs in social justice and advocacy. These qualities led me to engage in community health in college in the U.S. and abroad in Spain and Nicaragua during my studies at Stanford University. I am now studying to become a physician as a first year student at Harvard Medical School.
Without the generosity of FACE, my family never could have supported my Catholic education. It is difficult to believe that I would have had the same trajectory without having attended Catholic schools. Thank you very much for everything you are doing for the families that you support—including my own. It really does have an impact on the lives of the students you support.
It will not be the first time Nguyen, who graduated with honors from Stanford University in 2012, has spoken to FACE donors.
A few FACE recipients are invited to speak at the gala each year. Nguyen spoke as an eighth-grader and as a senior at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School.
In a draft of the speech, which he delivered in 2008, he wrote, "I am pleased that I have had a Catholic education and I feel that it will serve me well as I continue into college and later down a career path. At this point I am interested in pursuing a career in medicine which will combine two of the things that I love — the life sciences and constant interaction with people. But I am also open to being carried away by new interests as I move to a university setting. Another thing I have come to learn at SJND is that it's always worthwhile to take new opportunities, try out new interests and reach for the stars. Next year I will be attending either Stanford or Harvard University. My family, teachers and friends are all proud of my accomplishments. I hope you personally feel a sense of pride for all that I am and all that I will become."
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