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Gustavus junior wins Phillips Scholar award

Gustavus Adolphus College sophomore Sandy Xiong has been named a Jay and Rose Phillips Scholar for 2012-14. Xiong was one of six Minnesota college students named a Phillips Scholar this year out of 16 finalists.
The Phillips Scholars Program recognizes and rewards Minnesota private college students who strive to make life better for people with unmet needs in Minnesota communities. The program supports potential leaders with outstanding academic credentials who intend to dedicate a portion of their lives to community service. Students from 16 eligible private colleges and universities are invited to apply for one of six $16,500 awards given annually.
Xiong will receive a $6,000 scholarship for her junior year, a $6,000 scholarship for her senior year, a $4,000 summer stipend to support the development and implementation of a self-designed service project to address unmet needs in Minnesota communities, and a $500 award to fund project resources.
Xiong, a native of Maplewood, Minnesota, and a psychology major at Gustavus, plans to use her award to create an online magazine to enable Hmong teens across the U.S. to submit artwork and writing for publication as a way to empower them to pursue education, discourage gang involvement, and prevent youth violence.
“I am definitely looking forward to working more closely with other leaders to positively impact the Hmong youth community while instilling important values that are dear to me,” explained Xiong.
Xiong is the eleventh Gustavus student since 1998 to be named a Phillips Scholar.

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