Long Nguyen and Kimmy Duong Scholarship Program:

A Call for Sponsors
Would you like to sponsor a young scholar?


Why we do what we do?

As Nelson Mandela once said – “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. We believe in shaping the future by helping today’s young students on their path to obtain knowledge.

We are excited to announce The Long Nguyen and Kimmy Duong Scholarship Program. This program is for students enrolled in Washington, DC area institutions: University of Maryland, George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, Montgomery College, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University.

From 2023, the second program for US veteran graduate students of George Mason University will be launched.

These undergraduate scholarships and US veteran graduate scholarships are available to all US Citizens and permanent residents, except the 3 Gold scholarships that will be reserved for Vietnamese students from Vietnam, who have been accepted to US universities.

What you can do to help?

We are looking for sponsors of The Long Nguyen and Kimmy Duong Scholarship Program.

Each undergraduate scholarship will be $1,000, $2,000 or $3,000 annually. The scholarship is renewable annually for up to 4 years, for students who are pursuing a bachelor degree.

Each US veteran graduate scholarship will be $5,000 annually. The scholarship is renewable annually for up to 2 years, for US veteran students who are pursuing a master or doctoral degree.

The applicants should demonstrate:

  • Outstanding academic achievement
  • Strong leadership potential
  • A track record of service to the communities
  • Pride in their culture and heritage
  • A passion to apply their academic background to create a better world
  • Financial Need
  • Special consideration will be given to students with unique situations, for example:
    • Low to moderate incomes
    • Single parents returning to school to improve their families’ lives, or
    • Students who are trying to recover from a past criminal record and improve their own lives.

The Benefits to You

Sponsors of scholarships will have the right to present their scholarship at the annual award ceremony. Available scholarship funds and application opportunities will be publicized on the Kimmy Duong Foundation website and social media outlets.

Please note that Kimmy Duong Foundation and the Board of Directors have the discretion to refuse contributions without cause.

Sponsorship Requirement
Businesses and/or individuals can sponsor any number of scholarships in the Long Nguyen and Kimmy Duong Scholarship Program by Kimmy Duong Foundation.  As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Kimmy Duong Foundation will issue a tax-deductible donation receipt to recognize contributions.

Businesses and/or individuals interested in being a dedicated sponsor must provide Kimmy Duong Foundation with the following:

  • Legal name
  • Email
  • Current mailing address
  • Permission to publicize your name and address (for tax purposes)

Please understand that this information is collected in compliance with the U.S. Internal Revenue Services’ guidelines for nonprofit organizations.  All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by the U.S. Internal Revenue Services. 

Please make donation checks payable to Kimmy Duong Foundation.

Mail your donation to: 

The Kimmy Duong Foundation
1761 Business Center Dr.
Reston,  VA 20190

About Kimmy Duong Foundation

For Kimmy Duong, the story began in Vietnam, where she graduated from the University of Saigon and began her career as a computer analyst with IBM.

Everything changed on April 29, 1975, when Kimmy Duong was forced to make the split-second decision to flee her country as communist forces took over the capital city. Now, she was a refugee. Over the next 15 weeks, Duong’s journey took her from Guam to Wake Island to Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Speaking little English at the time, she felt only anxiety and concern. She eventually settled in Bethesda, Maryland, where thanks to her degree, she was able to return to work with IBM.

Kimmy Duong met and married fellow Vietnamese immigrant Long Nguyen. The couple raised a family together and became successful entrepreneurs. Today she serves as Chief Financial Officer for Pragmatics in Reston, Virginia, the company her husband founded.

After finding success in the states, Duong and Nguyen began to support an array of causes to give back to their adopted country, from humanitarian relief to higher education. In 2009 they gave $5 million to support engineering students at Mason, which named the Long and Kimmy Nguyen Engineering Building in their honor.

In 2015 Kimmy Duong established the Kimmy Duong Foundation, with the mission to provide educational and humanitarian support for Vietnamese and American communities. She credits her education for her new life in the United States, and that drive encourages her to give back. The Kimmy Duong Foundation has awarded scholarships to students annually since 2018. 

The foundation awarded 12 scholarships in 2018, 18 scholarships in 2019, 35 scholarships in 2020, 67 scholarships in 2021, and 86 scholarships in 2022.

In 2017 Kimmy Duong Foundation gave $2 million to University of Maryland to establish the Long Nguyen and Kimmy Duong scholarship endowments at Engineering and Business schools.

In 2020, Kimmy Duong Foundation gave $1 million to Montgomery College to establish MC Long Nguyen and Kimmy Duong scholarship endownment.

“I wouldn’t be here without higher education,” said Kimmy Duong. “You can’t deny that a lot of people get further in life because of it.”