The recipient of the inaugural Paul Delaney Young Philanthropist Award is a recent graduate who came to Trent as an international student from Hanoi, Vietnam and quickly made his mark as a leader amongst his peers. Duc Hien Nguyen was a volunteer with the 50th Anniversary Committee, a member of Lady Eaton College Cabinet, an orientation Leader, and Co-Chair of the Trent 2015 Student Symposium, just to name a few of his volunteer efforts.
One of Hien’s first actions, as a grateful alumnus of Trent, was to give back. Upon beginning his first full-time job, he made a generous donation to support international students. The fund will be named the Dr. Mike Allcott prize honoring the Director of the Trent International Program from 2003 to 2016.
The purpose of this new prize is “to contribute to the growth of the Trent International Program and to encourage current and future scholars to do the same." Hein established the Endowment Fund in order to reward leadership accomplishments, encourage continuing leadership contributions, and cultivate the leadership potential of international students attending Trent University.”
In his own words: “Without the generosity of the TIP scholarship program I wouldn't even be able to make it to Canada, and without your generous support and wise guidance I would never be able to make it thus far. It is only appropriate that I do what I can to contribute to the growth of TIP and to encourage current and future scholars to do the same.”
The Young Philanthropist Award is a lasting legacy of alumnus Paul Delaney ’64, or as many at Trent would call him “Uncle Paul.” Paul was part of the original class at Trent and became actively involved with the Trent International Program welcoming students from across the globe to Canada, and became a mentor to hundreds of Trent students.
Paul became a teacher and went on to win numerous awards, including the Alumni Spirit of Trent Award, TVOntario Teacher of the Year, the Pope’s Medal, YMCA Peace Medal, and the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching History.
Sadly, Paul passed away in 2012. This award has been created to celebrate the values to which he dedicated his life - social responsibility, global citizenship, and caring for others.
This annual award will recognize a student or a recent alumnus or alumna whose work sowing the seeds of friendship and a spirit of philanthropy makes them an outstanding model for Trent students to emulate.