ANGELA HOANG '14 STILL LIVED IN VIETNAM when she first heard her parents speak about America. There, they said, the family could find opportunities. Maybe their children would become the first in their family to pursue college degrees. Today, Angela is living the American dream ─ and realizing her parents' aspirations ─ as a Philadelphia College of Pharmacy PharmD candidate.
"Pharmacy is the only thing I ever wanted to do," she says. "Many people can't go to the doctor all the time. Pharmacists can help guide their healthcare decisions."
Angela appreciates the intimate environment, accessible teachers and challenging coursework at University of the Sciences. But what has shaped her experience most is becoming the first recipient of the Dr. Susan M. Blyskal Endowed Scholarship ─ one of more than 150 endowed scholarships that are part of USciences' robust financial aid program.
"I met Dr. Blyskal on the day she found out about the scholarship. Her husband had named it for her as a special birthday present," Angela recalls. "She was crying. Dr. Blyskal is also a pharmacist ─ and an immigrant. That means a lot to me."
One day, Angela hopes to become a scholarship donor herself so she can open doors for others and put an outstanding education within their reach. "I would like to give back, just like the Blyskals. After all, helping others achieve the American dream is part of the American dream."