Meet the 2009 Awardees
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Phong Dang arrived in the United States from Vietnam with his father and two younger brothers in 2005 at the age of 21. He attended Santa Rosa Community College and, despite language and cultural differences, earned the Dean's Highest Honor every semester while also working as a computer and math lab assistant. In 2006, his father and brothers moved to Houston where his father works supporting the family and sending funds to Phong's mother who is still in Vietnam. The family hopes she can join them in the next two years.
Phong stayed behind in California to finish his studies, transferring to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in fall 2008 to pursue a bachelor's degree in business with an emphasis in finance management. He is now a junior with a 3.7 GPA.
Phong plans to complete his degree in business, obtain work experience and then return to the university and obtain an MBA so he can pursue a career in finance.