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Barbara Burn Scholarship winner Phung Pham

Pham Earns 2020 Burn Scholarship

Monday, April 27, 2020

Phung Pham ’20 is this year’s Barbara Burn Memorial Scholarship recipient.

The $1,000 scholarship was established in memory of International Programs Office founder Dr. Barbara Burn, who devoted her career to making international education accessible for any student. Any currently enrolled international sophomore, junior, or senior UMass Amherst undergraduate is eligible.

Pham, who has studied accounting at UMass Amherst since 2018, hails from Vietnam, where she was first inspired to study accounting while working in her parents’ retail store. She fulfilled a lifelong dream by studying in the U.S., starting at Holyoke Community College before transferring to UMass Amherst. Since arriving, she has interned at Deloitte accounting firm; served as a member of the Beta Alpha Psi accounting honors society; volunteered to help low-income taxpayers and students file tax returns; and served as an active member of Phi Kappa Phi, a prestigious honors society. Pham also earned two Academic Excellence awards from the Isenberg School of Management. 

“Deciding to leave my hometown to study abroad is the biggest decision I have ever made, and it changed my life completely,” she says. “I would not be here, studying at one of the best business schools in the U.S., and having interned at the biggest public accounting firm if I did not make that decision.”

After graduating this spring, Pham is pondering several graduate accounting programs to further her education.