This story was originally posted on May 30 on UH News.
Hy So Duong, Cindy Doan and Linh Pham (Photo credit: Scott Nishi)
A new scholarship for full-time undergraduate business students has been created at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Shidler College of Business. The UH Foundation announced that Shidler alumna Linh Pham, BBA ‘00, and her husband Dao Pham have contributed $100,000 to establish the Cindy Doan and Hy So Duong Endowed Scholarship.
The gift was officially commemorated at a signing ceremony on May 26. Named in honor of Linh Pham’s parents, preference is given to individuals who are the first in their family to attend college.
“My parents’ bravery, love and sacrifices gave me the opportunity to pursue a higher education, which is something that was never available to them while they were in Vietnam,” said Linh Pham. “Despite the many challenges they faced—including 15-hour-plus workdays, and not speaking English—my parents worked relentlessly to provide for our family and future. From a young age, my parents instilled in me the importance of hard work, self-sufficiency and grit. As a Shidler alumna, it is a truly humbling experience to honor my parents by giving back and providing students the same opportunity they have to me.”
Cindy Doan and Hy So Duong in front of their small gift shop business at Duke’s Lane in Waikīkī in the 1980s. (Photo courtesy: Linh Pham)
Linh Pham’s parents, Cindy Doan and Hy So Duong, arrived in Hawaiʻi in 1980 from a refugee camp in Vietnam. With nothing more than some clothing in a bag, the couple worked to learn English and eventually saved enough to start a small gift shop business at Duke’s Lane in Waikīkī. Their hard work and perseverance allowed them to fulfill their American dream and provide their children with the opportunity to pursue a higher education.
“It is truly inspiring to see how the story of this family has come full circle,” said Shidler College Dean Vance Roley. “We commend Cindy Doan and Hy So Duong for their tireless work to send their children to college. As we can see from their family’s journey, education can make a great impact on one’s life and we are extremely grateful that Linh and her parents are committed to helping to educate the next generation of students.”
Linh Pham earned her bachelor’s in finance from Shidler College. She and Dao Pham reside in Texas with their three children. Dao owns his own dental practice, which Linh manages.
For more information on how to support the Shidler College of Business, contact Kristi Bates, executive director of development at (808) 956-3597 or email Kristi.firstname.lastname@example.org.
This gift supports UH Mānoa’s goal of Enhancing Student Success (PDF), one of four goals identified in the 2015–25 Strategic Plan (PDF), updated in December 2020.