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Tay Thi Nguyen, one of nine children born to a farming family in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, graduated from college this year after jumping over barrier after barrier.
Tay Thi, 20, received a scholarship from Room to Read, a Caterpillar Foundation grantee, to continue her education after students and teachers discovered she was starving and penniless while attending college. She overcame her family’s disagreement with her furthering her education her entire life. To read the full story, click here.