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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 22, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 18
Memorial Study Hall in Vietnam Honors Slain Student Linda Trinh

Photo by Sister Cecilia Nguyen

Students in the new Our Lady of Lavang Boarding House in Saigon now gather with their books and homework assignments in the Linda Phy Quyen Trinh Memorial Study Hall, built under the auspices of the nonprofit Vietnam Dream for Success in Washington, D.C. Dedicated on Dec. 26, the facility was created to provide room and board, along with tuition, for female college students from poor families in Vietnam and assist them in completing their degrees.

Trinh, a Johns Hopkins senior who was murdered two years ago today, was the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants. A biomedical engineering major, she spent the summer before her senior year in Vietnam observing public health issues regarding breast cancer and volunteering at an AIDS hospice in Ho Chi Minh City.

Sister Cecilia Nguyen, the founder and president of Vietnam Dream for Success, was a doctoral student at Catholic University in Washington at the time of Trinh's death and is a friend of her family. "Linda's smiling picture in the Linda Phi Quyen Trinh Memorial Study Hall stands as a reminder to our students of Linda's life as a role model to follow," she said. "I often remind the students to ask Linda to pray for them from heaven, that they will be able to pursue Linda's unfulfilled dream of becoming a medical researcher."

Although the boarding house is complete, financial assistance is needed to provide for the students' expenses, Sister Nguyen said. To learn more about the project, go to


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