Century College Diversity Scholarship to Promote Leadership
A new Century College scholarship established by philanthropist Scott
Thompson in honor of Dr. Yang Dao is intended to promote leadership in students
from diverse communities – particularly the Hmong community.
“We want to encourage the development of the next generation of leaders,”
said Thompson, an investment advisor who is active in the Hmong community.
He noted that Dr. Dao, the first Hmong to earn a PhD, is a great role
model for aspiring student leaders.
Thompson said they chose Century for the scholarship because of the college
’s long-established connection to the Hmong community. Century has more
than 1,500 Asian students, who make up about 15 percent of the student body.
Outside of the University of Minnesota, Century is the top choice for St.
Paul area students of Asian descent who go on to college.
The first Scott Thompson/Dr. Yang Dao Scholarship will be presented at the
Hmong New Year’s Celebration held annually at the Metrodome in December.
Neng Lee, Tom Black, Dr. Yang Dao, Scott Thompson, Dr. Ron Anderson, Jill
Greenhalgh, Blong Yang