For the Greater Good
When Dung Vu '04 (B.A. business administration - finance and management) attended Cal State Fullerton, she helped support her family financially. She didn't have a car but most of her friends went to CSUF as well, so she would ride with them.
Today, as president of the Cal State Fullerton Alumni Association 2015-16 Board of Directors, Vu hopes her gifts to scholarships in the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics and the Alumni Association can help alleviate students' financial burden so that they may navigate the college experience more comfortably.
"You see so many motivated students that have the 'it factor' and just need a little financial support to get them where they need to be," she explained. "Being able to financially assist them helps ensure they reach their goals of graduating and securing a career."
As a student, Vu was involved in University activities and organizations, even serving as co-president of the finance association. "I missed my student involvement â€” being able to participate, being able to connect with friends," said the financial services professional.
While supporting the Student Finance Association as an alumna, she discovered the Alumni Association chapter program and helped charter the business finance chapter. She soon joined the Alumni Association board "to make a bigger difference."
Vu's passion lies in being able to give back to her community – whether it is Cal State Fullerton or a nonprofit organization – and connecting individuals to achieve a common goal. "My main aspiration is in connecting people to provide opportunities for personal and professional development," she explained.
One day, she added, she would like to create her own foundation and establish an endowment at Cal State Fullerton.