Immigrant's $2M Gift Supports Engineering Students
The Kimmy Foundation President Kimmy Duong immigrated, alone, in 1975 from Vietnam to the United States. She fled Saigon and her position with IBM as the city was about to fall to North Vietnamese forces. Today she is vice chair and CFO of Pragmatics, a Reston, Virginia-based information technology consulting firm. Long Nguyen, her husband, is the company's founder and CEO. Many of the couple’s nieces and nephews have graduated from the University of Maryland. In February 2017, The Kimmy Foundation Inc. pledged $2 million to fund endowed and current-use scholarships for undergraduates in the A. James Clark School of Engineering and Robert H. Smith School of Business.Recipients of the Long Nguyen and Kimmy Duong Scholarships will qualify by being State of Maryland high school graduates with current or past work experience and a minimum 3.0 GPA. For engineering students, preference goes to those majoring in electrical and computer engineering. Awards will go to entering freshmen or community college transfer students and are renewable for up to four years.
"I want the scholarship recipients to grab this opportunity, then create their own opportunities later. This should only be a first step for them in long and productive careers."