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Loyola student named Gates Millennium Scholar

Loyola press release - July 6, 2000

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans history/computer science student, Kieu Trang of Marrero, Louisiana, was recently named a Gates Millennium Scholar. The scholarship is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and provides financial assistance to high-achieving minority students who are in severe financial need and otherwise would be excluded from higher education.

Trang is one of only 4,100 students nationwide who was awarded the scholarship out of 62,000 applicants. She is the second Loyola student to be given this honor.

Trang came to the United States seven years ago after escaping Vietnam with her family. At Loyola, Trang serves as vice-president of the Loyola Asian Student Organization (LASO), and was named to the university’s dean’s list. She also is a mentor at Immaculate Hearts of Mary Elementary School, and a group leader for the Vietnamese Buddhist Youth Association. Trang has served as a volunteer at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southeast, La. She is a graduate of L. W. Higgins High School.

Based on the heritage of Catholic higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912. Today, the university serves approximately 5,550 undergraduate and graduate students. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Visit Loyola University New Orleans on the World Wide Web at http://www.loyno.edu.