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I find it inspiring that most ThanksUSA scholarship recipients report that they are passionate about their chosen field of study. When I first spoke with Nguyen Pham Seymour, I could hear this passion in her voice. Nguyen, a Marine Corps spouse, received a $3,000 LM&O Advertising/ThanksUSA Scholarship for her final year of Marketing and Psychology studies at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Just months from graduating, Nguyen is excited to share her educational accomplishments and career goals with ThanksUSA supporters.

Nguyen Pham Seymour

Nguyen first became interested in marketing when her employer challenged staff members to improve sales during the slow season. She suggested a loyalty program and volunteered to chart customer activities during implementation. Both Nguyen and her employer were pleased to see increased demand and higher client retention while competitors continued to struggle.

From that point on, Nguyen explains, “I became interested in analyzing consumer behavior during store visits. In my spare time, I would read psychology materials to gain insight about consumer behaviors. Then, I would form new marketing campaigns to capture consumers’ attention and awareness.”

For Nguyen, majoring in both marketing and psychology has been the perfect combination. “My goal,” she says, “is to have a career where I can fully utilize my analytical and quantitative skills to help businesses and organizations identify difficulties and effectively implement solutions.”

During her time at BYU-Hawaii, Nguyen has had the opportunity to work with various organizations like Deseret International, Sothys Paris, and the Sheraton and Sofital hotels. When I asked Nguyen about her favorite marketing project, she admitted that it was nearly impossible to choose, but added, “If I must (choose), I’d have to say working with Hawaii North Shore Chamber of Commerce (NSCOC) was a great experience overall. During the 6 months of working on the project, I gained tremendous insights about the marketing research process, as well as how to manage my team effectively. The NSCOC was so impressed with the result, that they asked us to present the data at the 4th Annual Hawaii North Shore Business Expo.”

Although Nguyen and her team presented their results to high-level corporate executives and Hawaiian decision makers, she says, “The best part is that businesses of all sizes can implement the results from our study to become more effective in their marketing communication efforts.”

Though she is very talented and has the education and experience to raise the profits of a potential employer, Nguyen is hardly driven by dollar signs. Instead, the devoted Marine Corps spouse is more concerned with using her strengths to help her extended military family.

She is currently in the process of building a website devoted to post traumatic stress disorder resources. With many of our active duty and retired military members suffering from PTSD, Nguyen wants to provide victims, family members, friends, and their entire support network with the latest information. She also has plans to provide innovative marketing methods and brand management training to small and mid-size businesses operated by military members and military dependents. “As a life-time member of the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi, I hope to reach and change as many lives as possible and give back to those who serve and sacrifice for our nation,” she adds.

As the spouse of CPL Michael Blake Seymour, USMC, Nguyen understands sacrifice. “There is no amount of training that will prepare you to be a Marine’s wife. One thing I have learned is that anything can happen at any given moment and I need to be prepared when he leaves. Be it deployment, training, duty, there is no such thing as certainty when you are the wife of a Marine,” she remarks.

Corporal and Mrs. Michael Blake Seymour

Corporal and Mrs. Michael Blake Seymour

Aside from the stresses of military life, the Seymours are dealing with a personal health issue. Diagnosed with the rare Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, Blake recently underwent a complicated surgery. Nguyen was relieved to report that her husband has fully recovered, returned to work, and would eventually like to start a non-profit dedicated to WPW patients.

For now, the couple is planning for their next transition. Nguyen will graduate from BYU-Hawaii in April with degrees in both Marketing and Psychology, with a minor in Economics. She is proud to announce that she has accepted a position with Goldman Sachs and will start her new career in the summer. Before then, Nguyen and Blake plan to devote a month volunteering in Asia and the Pacific. What a great way to celebrate all that she has accomplished!

I hope that all ThanksUSA scholarship recipients will remain passionate about their chosen field. If you truly love what you’re doing, you’ll live a very happy life. On behalf of the entire ThanksUSA Team, I wish all of our supporters, scholarship recipients, and military families a very Happy New Year!

“I’d like to say “Thank You” for the generosity and thoughtfulness of the sponsors that allow ThanksUSA to accomplish its mission in supporting military personnel and their family members, who pay the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.”  — Nguyen Pham Seymour

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With the assistance of a $3,000 John (NMN) Coffey/ThanksUSA Scholarship, Jordan Bowden is completing his junior year of International Relations studies at Brigham Young University.

The Army National Guard dependent chose International Relations because he truly enjoys studying the cultures of different people and learning how and why they live the way they do. With interests in politics and world affairs, Jordan thinks that his undergraduate studies may lead to a career with the U.S. State Department or with the military, perhaps as an Army Attaché.

Jordan also speaks passionately about a mission to Mexico explaining, “The time I spent in Mexico has greatly influenced my life; there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about that experience. An LDS mission is a two year commitment where you spend all of your time and energy preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The religious part aside, it was a life changing experience. I was able to spend two years of my life among a people who I did not know and really did not understand, (nor did they understand me for that matter) but I grew to love and respect their traditions and culture. The mission taught me about the great blessings and opportunities we have here in the U.S., it taught me to respect and love people of all nationalities and cultures, and it engrained in me a desire to reach out and help those less fortunate than myself.”

Though Jordan describes his mission as a life-changing event, his military upbringing played a significant role in building his confidence and inner strength which prepared him for college, his mission, and life as an adult. “My father’s military career has been a guiding influence in my life. It really has made me who I am today. Being the oldest I was greatly affected each time my dad was deployed. It caused me to take on a lot of responsibility and really learn well how to handle difficult situations. I believe it made me a stronger individual. I would say that overall the experience has been a positive one, but as with all things there are challenges.”

While Jordan is very committed to his family, faith, and studies, he still remains an easy-going undergrad. Recently, Jordan, along with his father and brother, was able to attend a Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz basketball game courtesy of ThanksUSA National Spokesperson Stephen Curry. In his spare time, Jordan enjoys rock climbing and playing the piano and he helps finance his education by working part-time at the BYU Office of Information Technology.

The Bowden Men at Warriors vs Jazz (photographing yourself is not easy!!)

Since beginning his undergraduate studies, Jordan has received a total of $6,000 in ThanksUSA Scholarships and notes, “Without this scholarship, I seriously doubt that I would have been able to pursue a college degree without having to take out substantial student loans. Thank you to John (NMN) Coffey and everyone at ThanksUSA for allowing me the opportunity of an education, I hope that in the future I can repay the favor.”

Jordan is already a successful student and the ThanksUSA team wishes him continued success with all of his endeavors. We also wish to remind military dependents and spouses that applications for the 2012-2013 ThanksUSA Scholarship will be accepted through the ThanksUSA website from April 1st through May 15th. If you haven’t already, you can register for an email reminder here.

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Andrew Orme is a confident, patriotic Air Force Brat who is quickly adapting to college life at Brigham Young University. The recipient of a $3000 Oshkosh Defense/Senator Ted Stevens Memorial Scholarship through ThanksUSA, Andrew aspires to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Andrew Orme

Andrew is currently completing the rigorous pre-requisite courses necessary to pursue the mechanical engineering major. Having completed several Advanced Placement courses during his high school career, Andrew’s current undergraduate coursework is challenging.  But, he notes, “The work ethic I developed in high school has certainly been helpful.”

Much of Andrew’s interest in mechanical engineering stems from his military upbringing with the largest influence being his father’s career. Major Kenyon Orme, USAF, is a mechanical engineer who has served his country for over sixteen years. During that time, Andrew’s tours of military bases piqued his interests. He sees versatility in an engineering career and is encouraged by the diverse opportunities that his degree will offer.

Not only did military life give Andrew a glimpse of his potential career, it also provided him with life skills that he values today. He explains, “Military life prepared me to succeed in college. Moving often has taught me to adapt and deal with change in positive ways. I’ve also learned to interact well and develop good relationships with people.”

Andrew also reflected on the challenges of military life saying, “Deployments brought my family closer together. I learned the importance of family and I plan to carry that into my own marriage. My father has always emphasized a goal of excellence in all aspects of life.”

Andrew’s current goal is academic excellence and he plans to explore many specializations through the mechanical engineering program, Andrew is currently drawn to an aerospace technology concentration. He eagerly awaits the opportunity to delve into the aerospace curriculum and can see himself working in various aspects of the US Space Program, from satellite development and testing to rocket payloads.

Like most college Freshman, Andrew has been busy discovering all that BYU has to offer.  He recently participated in a disabilities awareness campaign, conducts community service through the Honors Program, and continues to make his faith a priority. Andrew is planning to share his faith through a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Andrew mentions that receiving the Oshkosh Defense/ThanksUSA Scholarship has given him greater confidence in his academic pursuits noting that he is able to focus more on his studies since he does not have to rely on a part-time job to meet expenses.

Andrew is certainly a confident and competent young man who has specific life goals and the necessary drive to achieve them. The ThanksUSA team is looking forward to following his continued success and we leave you with a few words from Andrew:

“I am so grateful for the financial assistance. Thank you for your support of the military and military families. It means a lot to my family to have organizations, individuals, and corporate sponsors supporting the military. It is very patriotic and we are all grateful.”

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