Luu ’19 Awarded National Scholarship

Heidi Luu
Trang "Heidi" Luu

Oct. 12, 2017

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 me.”

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.”

By Vi Kakares '20