Cresson - Nguyen photoTuyet-Kha Nguyen, a recent graduate of Seaford Senior High School, is the 2015 recipient of the Jim Cresson Scholarship, named for the late Cape Gazette reporter.

Tuyet-Kha has been a member of the National Honor Society, Business Professionals of America, Technology Student Association, and the Yearbook Club.  She was the Valedictorian of her class and a 2015 Secretary of Education scholar.  Although she is “academically inclined,” writing and literature have always been Tuyet-Kha’s greatest passions.  She makes time every day to write, whether it is poetry, short stories, or just “snippets” – as she says, “you never know when inspiration will occur.”  She plans to continue publishing her works online while attending George Washington University in Washington DC in the fall and hopes one day to publish a novel.

Jim Cresson, a Sussex County native, was a journalist and photographer in Delaware.  A Vietnam veteran, outdoorsman, artist, and musician, Jim had a great love for his country and nature, and a particular fondness for Native American history and culture. He spent the final years of his journalism career writing and taking photographs for the Cape Gazette before dying in an automobile accident in 2005.

The Jim Cresson Memorial Fund Scholarship recognizes a Sussex County senior who, through an essay contest focusing on interests that Jim Cresson shared, demonstrates the character of Jim Cresson.  Each year, Sussex County seniors are invited to apply for the scholarship in the second semester of their senior year.

Administered by the Greater Lewes Foundation, the Jim Cresson Memorial Fund was established by friends of Jim to perpetuate his memory.