BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Illinois Wesleyan University's Trang “Heidi” Luu ’19 has been selected
as an inaugural recipient of the national Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship.
An accounting and economics double major, Luu was awarded a grant by Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD), the National Honor
Society for First-Year Students. Each year, ALD awards 36 Trow scholarships to outstanding
sophomore students across the country, in honor of Jo Anne J. Trow, the past National
President of ALD.
“I felt extremely honored and thrilled to receive this scholarship, ” said Luu, who
immediately told her parents and professors the news. “They were very excited for
Selection for the scholarship is based on a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average, along
with academic records, a personal statement, campus and community service activities,
and participation in ALD activities.
As a current member of the Illinois Wesleyan Economic Society’s Executive Board, Luu
also served on the executive board of ALD.
“I am grateful for the ALD chapter on campus,” said Luu, who served as Treasurer.
“I learned a lot through the experience.”
Luu said because of the education, career help and experiences offered at Illinois
Wesleyan, she was well-equipped when applying to her first internship at Deloitte
Vietnam, a consulting firm in her hometown of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. For 11 weeks,
Luu worked as a Financial Advisory Services Intern, and learned a lot through her
involvement in market and company research and valuation projects.
Luu said she is especially excited for her upcoming January internship with PwC in
Chicago, which is part of the accounting department’s winter internship program. The competitive, 10-week paid internship at a public accounting firm or business
is offered to students during the spring semester of their junior year.
After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan, Luu said she would like to pursue a career
in economic or business consulting.
“As I dive deeper into my majors, I become really interested in these two fields.
I would really appreciate the opportunity to do economic research, and maybe, go into
academia at some point.”