Third-year pharmacy student Linh Nguyen has received the 2018 Lou Carta Scholarship for her dedication to the service of others. Alumnus Lou Carta, BSPha’50, who passed away in October 2016, was known for his community involvement. He founded the Council Bluffs Pharmacists Association in the 1960s, which became the Southwest Iowa Pharmacists Association, and he served in several leadership positions, including as president.
Nguyen, whose hometown is Lincoln, Nebraska, currently works in the outpatient pharmacy at CHI Health Lakeside Hospital. She is the charter president of the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy at Creighton, vice president of Rho Chi, and serves on the board of directors for the Multicultural Health Science Student Association. Nguyen excels in the classroom and has been on the Dean’s Honor Roll every semester since starting pharmacy school. She is a past recipient of the Sebastian C. Pirruccello Endowed Scholarship.
Nguyen has volunteered extensively in the Omaha community and since 2015 has volunteered two to three hours per week at the Healing Gift Free Clinic. She also coordinates the APhA Operation Diabetes’ members to assist in A1c testing for patients and serves on the Nebraska Pharmacy Association board of directors as a student representative.
Tony Beraldi, BSPha’86, president of the Southwest Iowa Pharmacists Association, said of Nguyen: “Among her many qualities, the scholarship committee was very impressed by her service to others. Her dedication to the Healing Gift Free Clinic is one of many of her activities that stood out. This has been more than a volunteer position; this has been a true commitment to improve the lives of her patients. She puts forth this same tremendous effort in her academics, her organizational responsibilities, and the many other projects in which she is involved.”