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Chao Vang getting hooded at commmencement

Chao Vang, a recipient of the Alumni Association Scholarship, gets his doctoral hood from Caroline Turner during the Spring 2016 College of Education commmencment ceremony.

Scholarships open doors for students, like education major Chao Vang

Chao Vang has earned his third Sac State degree, and he’s already plotting the next step.

He’s considering law school and he definitely wants to support his three-time alma mater, where mentors helped him overcome challenging circumstances and open up opportunities for others.

“I know I want to give back because so many people helped me,” Vang says.

He was one of more than a dozen students to receive an Alumni Association Scholarship for the 2014-15 school year. The scholarships are one outcome of the ongoing Alumni Campaign, a $1 million fundraising push for alumni programming and scholarships.

“This has been a passion for the Alumni Board as a means of strengthening the foundation of Alumni Relations programming here at Sacramento State,” says Jennifer Barber, executive director for Alumni Relations. “It’s very gratifying to see what has been accomplished.”

The Alumni Association Scholarship was one of many honor for Vang, the son of immigrants from Laos and one of 10 children. He recently completed his doctorate in education leadership, teaches courses in the ethnic studies department and says he wants to make a difference in his community, particularly among males of Southeast Asian descent.

He says scholarships have helped him throughout his 10 years on campus, in more ways than one.

“A scholarship lifts that financial burden off my shoulders because college is tough to afford,” Vang says. “But it also helps knowing there are folks out there who haven’t met me who are saying, ‘I want to invest in you, with the hope that when you finish, you’ll invest in other Sac State students.’ I love this campus and three of my siblings finished school here and we didn’t do it alone.”

Unlike Vang, Alumni Scholarship recipient Dorothy Madronich is relatively new to campus and she was hesitant to leave her hometown of Fairfield after high school. But at Sac State, she found a welcoming community, an exciting pathway to a career as a teacher and plenty of opportunities to get involved.

“Living in the residence halls has been a huge part of my experience and this year I’m a resident assistant because I wanted to be there for other students,” Madronich says.

An outstanding record as a volunteer helped earn Madronich an Alumni Association scholarship. Madronich received the Girl Scouts’ Gold Award—the organization’s highest achievement—in high school and through assisting in children’s classes at her church and in a second-grade classroom, she discovered her career calling.

“I tutored students and helped the teacher and that experience was one of the main reasons I wanted to teach,” Madronich says. “I had a lot of really good, inspiring teachers growing up. They encouraged me to keep going and I want to do that for others.”

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