2016 EMA Scholarship Recipient: Thien An Hoang

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Thien An Hoang

Daughter of GameStop Employees to Receive $16,000 to Attend Duke University

Thien An Hoang of Arlington, Texas has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 scholarship from the EMA Scholarship Foundation. Hoang will receive $4,000 per year for up to four years to attend college. Her parents both work at EMA member company GameStop.

“Thien is an outstanding young woman who has distinguished herself in the classroom, in extracurricular activities, and in the community,” noted Mark Fisher, President & CEO of EMA. “It gives us great pleasure to support her as she works to achieve her life's goals.”

“I am very thankful for this scholarship," said Hoang. "I have big dreams, and one those dreams is to become a doctor and help out people living in poverty in the United States and around the world. This scholarship is a big step in helping me achieve that goal.”

Hoang was born in Vietnam and lived there until she was seven years old. Her family moved to the United States in order to afford Hoang the opportunity for a better education.

Hoang will graduate from Juan Seguin High School in Arlington, Texas in June, where she is first in her class of almost 400 students with a 4.76 average. In high school she has participated in the Academic Decathlon team, Health Occupation Students of America, Environmental Club, symphonic orchestra, junior varsity tennis team, and Future Business Leaders of America. She has also found time to volunteer at the local nature preserve and teach Sunday school.

Hoang has been accepted to Duke University where she plans to pursue a pre-med course of study, with the eventual goal of becoming an anesthesiologist. She has a particular interest in bringing healthcare to medically underserved populations in developing nations.

The Scholarship Program is one of the most enduring benefits offered to EMA regular and associate members. The EMA Scholarship Foundation affords member companies the opportunity to provide the potential of educational assistance for employees and their spouses and children.

Since the EMA Scholarship Foundation was established in 1987, EMA has helped more than 240 students achieve higher education through scholarship grants totaling more than one million dollars.

To be eligible, students must be high school seniors or current, full-time college undergraduate students during the academic year in which they apply, and they must be employees or principals of EMA member companies in good standing, or their spouse or child. Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, financial need and academic potential.

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