Aspiring animator Karen Nguyen is one of five students selected to receive an inaugural ICAN INSPIRE Scholarship, an award created to recognize students that demonstrate community spirit and leadership as well as to uplift young Vietnamese to be successful in and for their communities. Karen joined her high school’s Key Club as a freshman to meet people and give back, eventually holding key positions such as Sophomore Class Director (2014-15), Bulletin Editor (2015-16), and Historian (2016-17). Among her many contributions, Karen created the winning entry of the “Cut MNT Out of the Picture” video contest hosted by Kiwanis International to raise awareness for and eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus, taking home the prize for Independence High School’s Key Club. These days, she aspires to contribute to the world by tackling ocean preservation, believing that how we treat the oceans is a reflection of how we treat ourselves. In the meantime, after chatting with the ICAN team during her interview process for this scholarship, Karen has come on board to help out with one of our upcoming projects and training along with our interns this summer. Karen is currently completing a Film/TV Animation associate degree at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA. Congrats to Karen for earning an ICAN INSPIRE Scholarship for 2019-2020 and thank you to the generous donors that made it possible!