Keppel AmFELS Continues its Support of
Higher Education with New Gift
Phong Nguyen stands with Dr. Juliet V. García, UTB President, and G.S. Tan,
President and CEO of Keppel AmFELS, along with Keppel AmFELS employees and
members of UTB faculty and administration.
The President and CEO of Keppel AmFELS, G.S. Tan, made the presentation
to Dr. Juliet V. García, President of UT Brownsville.
“Keppel AmFELS is just the kind of business every community wished they
had,” García said. “In addition to providing employees
with good jobs, they have been funding scholarships at our university for many
García said Keppel AmFELS, located at the Port of
Brownsville, provides a model of how companies can become
engaged in their communities, not only by providing good jobs but also by
helping employees to progress in both professional and personal
“Adding to our scholarship fund is a good, relevant way we can invest
in the human resources to help create a skilled workforce that is the key to our
business,” Tan said. “Today’s gift does not bring us up to $100,000 yet, but we
hope to meet that goal next year. Keppel AmFELS has always supported UTB and
will continue to do so.”
The gift will go toward an existing Keppel AmFELS Endowed
Phong Nguyen, a mathematics student who has received funding from the
scholarship, attended the presentation.
“I am pleased with my decision to attend UTB,” said Nguyen, who is in
the Mathematics 4+1 Program to achieve his bachelor’s and master’s degrees on an
accelerated schedule. He maintains a 4.0 grade point average and hopes to
graduate in fewer than the expected five years.
student Phong Nguyen speaks to the group.
Nguyen, a 2010 Hanna High School graduate, was born in Indonesia where
his parents took refuge after escaping Viet Nam. At the age of two, the Nguyen
family was reunited with an uncle who sponsored their immigration to the United
States. He grew up in El Monte, California, and moved with his family to
Brownsville, entering Hanna High School as a junior.
“I am especially grateful for the Keppel AmFELS scholarship,” Nguyen
said. “The funds helped considerably for me to take summer courses last year,
and I plan to apply for another scholarship for next
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