Kimmy Duong Foundation Awards Scholarships 6/9/18
On June 9th, 2018 the Kimmy Duong Foundation in its first year of awards for the Long Nguyen and Kimmy Duong Scholarship presented 12 outstanding college students from George Mason University and Maryland University with scholarships for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year. The excellent students recognized by the foundation were: Christina Nguyen, Thien Truong, Tom Truong, Phuong Dang, Melody Doan, Laura Pham, Lynn Phan, Cindy Vo, Quan Tran, Angelie Ngo, An Nguyen, and Kim-Duyen Phan.
These students had undergone a rigorous selection process by a panel of judges, assessing their leadership potential, commitment to community service, appreciation for their Vietnamese heritage, and excellent academic record. Included in the 200+ attendees, were distinguished guests representing each university: Dean Darryl Pines and Dean Alex Triantis from Maryland University, and from George Mason University – President Ángel Cabrera, Dean Ken Ball, and Dr. Kaitlin Cicchetti. Others from organizations serving the Vietnamese community in the DMV area such as Nha Vietnam (VLAC), BPSOS, VYEA, and Vietnamese language schools in the area also attended to support the students and to encourage their future participation.
A warm welcoming address from Ms. Kimmy Duong, founder of The Kimmy Duong Foundation, shared that in her own personal life after coming to America as a refugee in 1975, her education was the foundation of her later successful 25 year career at IBM. The scholarships that were awarded to her nephews and nieces, who are now all professionals in their careers – also inspired her to pay it forward with her own scholarship program to support future generations of Vietnamese-Americans attain higher education. She urged the scholarship recipients to use their education to make positive contributions in their community through the appreciation of their Vietnamese heritage and share the special talents that each of them uniquely possesses to better the world at large. Other key speakers including the Deans from each university, President of GMU Dr. Cabrera, Mr. Nguyen Phuoc Hai director of the Kimmy Duong Foundation, and scholarship judges Mr. Cong Nguyen and Mrs. Trinh Nguyen-Phan expressed their congratulatory remarks with the students.
As Dr. Hieu Bui read a short biographical highlight of each student’s accomplishment for the presentation of awards, the scholarship recipients were congratulated by the Deans from their respective university, Dr Long Nguyen and Ms. Kimmy Duong. The ceremony concluded with a networking hour and light refreshments, where students were introduced to organizations serving their community and ways they could get involved.
The foundation has high hopes for the future of this scholarship program to reach more students at more universities and to provide additional mentorship support for the students in the upcoming years. It is important to believe in the potential of younger students because they are our future and legacy as Vietnamese-Americans. If you would like to support the success of the Dr Long Nguyen and Kimmy Duong Scholarship program by sponsoring an award or volunteering your time, please reach out to the Kimmy Duong Foundation (https://thekimmyduongfoundation.org) .
A brief video coverage of the event can be viewed at:
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Long Nguyen and Kimmy Duong Award Ceremony 6/9/18