Tuan Nguyen (2006 Beat the Odds Winner) emigrated with his family from Vietnam when he was six years old. His parents were underemployed and suffered chronic health problems. With housing assistance and by extreme thrift, the family struggled to get by. Tuan and his brother learned about computers by finding discarded ones in the trash, taking them apart, and putting them back together.
Tuan won the D.C. Beat the Odds scholarship in 2006 and is leading the way to prosperity for his family. Today after graduating cum laude from the University of Maryland — Baltimore County, and then getting a master’s degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University while working full-time, Tuan is a software engineer at Raytheon Henggeler Consulting. In 2013 he bought a home in Silver Spring, Maryland, and became the first homeowner and first college graduate in his family. He is dedicated to his volunteer work with Engineers Without Borders serving poor communities around the world.