Planned Giving

Treasuring Education

Thu NguyenThu Nguyen has only been in the United States for five years, but she's wasted little time proving she fully understands what it takes to begin building the American dream.

For her, it starts with hard work and education. Those two items explain, at least in part, why she has won not one but two distinguished scholarships: The Paul W. and Helen V. Howerton Memorial Scholarship honors the memory and achievements of Dr. Howerton, a noted linguist and computer expert, and his late wife, a leader in the field of human services; and the Edwin D. Disborough Excellence in Leadership Scholarship that pays tribute to the memory of Mr. Disborough of the Coors Brewing Company by providing assistance to a deserving student.

Clearly, Nguyen is deserving. "For me, as well as for many of my fellow immigrants, the opportunity for higher education that we find here in America is something that we never take for granted," Nguyen says. "In many cases, both political and economic circumstances have kept us from reaching our full potential in our homeland, so the possibility of doing that is something that we treasure in every possible way."

Nguyen, who is studying computer information systems, explains that's why she's so thankful for the scholarships. "I understand that pursuing higher education requires both commitment and effort and this is especially true for a newcomer like me. I can assure you that I will work tirelessly to succeed in my academic endeavors." The scholarships have proven particularly helpful, she says. Last year both her parents and younger sister also immigrated to the United States and have all enrolled in college.

"Right now the primary support for the household is my husband's income which barely covers our present expenses," she says. "The scholarships, for me, mean a better future."

To learn how you can support deserving students like Nguyen through a gift in your estate plans, please contact Kyle Backlund at 303-615-2040 or