Tri Trang, Union College

Featured Scholar

Summer 2010

Tri Trang, Union Posse 3 (Boston), is a junior at Union College in Schenectady, New York. As a student in Union’s highly competitive eight-year Leadership in Medicine Program—a combined bachelor’s, master’s and medical degree program—he is currently majoring in biology and economics and taking courses toward a master’s of science in health care management. He will begin medical school at Albany Medical College in 2013.

“Union was my first choice,” Tri says. “When I found out I got the scholarship, I had a tough decision to make between Posse and going to an admissions interview for Harvard. Going to college with a group, a support network was the experience I wanted for myself.”

Tri and his family immigrated to the United States from Vietnam when he was just a baby and settled in Connecticut before moving to Worcester, Massachusetts. With a long history of academic achievement and community involvement that began in high school, Tri continues to be a remarkably active leader on campus and in both local and international communities. He co-facilitates an afterschool science program and tutors special needs children. He has also volunteered as a trained counselor for a smoking cessation program at the Schenectady Free Health Clinic and worked at UMass Memorial Hospital.

On campus, he is involved with the student AIDS awareness group FaceAids, the college’s environmental club, Habitat for Humanity and Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He even founded a Hip Hop and break dance team called UBreak.

This summer Tri is interning with Posse Career partner Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, gaining valuable exposure to different aspects of the health care field. He spent his winter break in Riobamba, Ecuador, traveling with the MEDLIFE Brigade, a team of volunteer doctors and students who provide basic medical and dental care to the areas poorest communities. It was an experience that particularly resonated with Tri.

“I have vivid memories of the very low quality medical care and dingy waiting area in the primary care doctor’s office that served my low-income Vietnamese community growing up,” he says. “That experience heavily influenced my goal to become a doctor and provide top-quality primary care, especially to those who need it most.”