The Red Boucher Scholarship is helping students like Andy Nguyen achieve their dreams.

Andy Nguyen from Unalaska, Alaska

Andy Nguyen from Unalaska, Alaska

Andy Nguyen is on an ambitious mission to make a difference in this world. Through the Red Boucher Scholarship at ACF, Andy is one step closer to achieving his dream.

A first generation Alaskan born and raised in the small community of Unalaska, Andy has long envisioned becoming a computer engineer.

“One of my biggest dreams is to work in one of the world’s top computer electronics firms to help develop products and technologies that would enhance the quality of life for everybody.”

Fascinated with technology since childhood – from the time that his father brought home the family’s first desktop computer – Andy knew early on that it would take more than his natural curiosity to achieve his young dreams. Determined to reach his goals, Andy has worked hard in his studies and all his activities.

Andy learned the value of hard work from his parents, who emigrated from Vietnam in the hope of a better life for Andy and his sister. He credits them as his “driving factor” in all his endeavors.

The sacrifices, battles, and journeys that my parents have gone through throughout their lifetime have instilled a drive within me to attend college and receive at least a four-year degree so that I expand my opportunities. That way, I could repay my parents for all their love, support, and time that they have invested in me.

Andy is the recipient of a scholarship named for H.A. “Red” Boucher, a man legendary in his day and recognized both statewide and nationally as one of the pioneers of the Information Age. Established in 2008, The Red Boucher Scholarship Fund at ACF supports outstanding Alaskan candidates in the pursuit of technology education and training. Possessing a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Navy, in public service as our Lt. Governor and a State Representative, and finally as president of Alaska Wireless Technology, Red Boucher had a passion for making technology accessible throughout urban and rural Alaska.

Thanks to the opportunity afforded by this scholarship, Andy Nguyen will attend the University of Washington in Seattle this fall and plans to pursue a bachelor’s in computer engineering, with the hope of a master’s after that.

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