Linh-Thong Huu Nguyen (Apr 21, 1974 - Feb 25, 2007) immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam with his family at the age of one and grew up in Columbia, Maryland. “Tone” experienced early on the need for building bridges between communities through shared culture, beliefs, and values. In 1995, as a member of the Asian American Student Union, Tone and four fellow students led grass-roots, student-organized efforts that resulted in the university offering its first course in Asian American Studies. The scholarship honors Tone’s life and his key role in the collective efforts and vision of the five students that bravely advocated for an Asian American Studies Program at Maryland. This memorial Scholarship supports undergraduates who are enrolled in the Asian American Studies Minor and demonstrate consistent academic achievement in their studies.