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Hello! My name is Nhi. I am a Penn State professor and photographer in State College. I am committed to creating a positive impact in Happy Valley - be that through beautiful photographs or investing in future students through my scholarship.

Education transformed my life. I grew up in poverty and was only able to achieve my PhD through scholarships. (Read my full story here.) I am delighted to sponsor an annual, merit-based $2000 high school scholarship to help more students attain higher education. To enter, applicants must be a female junior attending high school in Centre County and have a GPA of 3.8 or above.

It is my hope that our community can empower girls to pursue higher education and become change-makers and leaders of the world.

I'm proud to present the scholarship recipient in 2022...

Thoughtful.   Dedicated.   Kind

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Career Aspirations

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"Growing up, I would always find myself staring out the window in the car, in awe of the buildings and landscapes around me. In school, I've always performed strongly in math and science and I hope to combine these passions with my concern for the environment while I pursue an education in sustainable design. In such a male-dominated field, I'm excited to be a part of the steadily growing number of female architectural engineers who are designing the landscapes of the future."

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Congratulations Avigail!

Applications for 2023 will open in late January, early February.
Nhi Thai Photography published in State College Magazine Nhi Thai Photography featured at Bellefonte Art Museum Nhi Thai Photography published in The Honest Lens Magazine Nhi Thai Photography is a finalist for The Pennsylvania Wedding Awards 2020 Nhi is an invited speaker for Penn State CommAgency Nhi Thai Photography published in Senior Style Guide Magazine Nhi is a featured student for industry leader Katelyn James Photography Nhi Thai Photography published in Modern Weddings Nhi Thai Photography published in Brides & Weddings Magazine Nhi Thai Photography published in The Creative Collective Magazine Nhi Thai Photography published in The Storyteller Magazine

About   Nhi

Nhi is a portrait photographer serving State College, PA and surrounding communities. Nhi captures photographs that let you re-live your joy, love, and light with intentional artistry. Her creative work has been published in State College Magazine and featured at Bellefonte Art Museum. Also a professor at Penn State, Nhi is committed to creating a positive impact in Happy Valley – be that through beautiful photographs or investing in future students through her scholarship.