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NSU student named winner of Alan M. Graff Scholarship
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University student Long Nguyen has been selected to receive a $4,000 Alan M. Graff Scholarship from the South Dakota Bankers Foundation.

The scholarship, awarded annually by the bankers foundation, is endowed by First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard.

Nguyen, a banking and financial services major at NSU, is a native of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. At Northern, he has been active in the Student Association and as a resident assistant. He also belongs to the International Student Club, where he has been recognized as an international student leader.  


Nguyen has received the excellence in student leadership award at Northern as well as awards and honors from the National Honor Society. Off campus, Nguyen has been active in SPURS (Special People Using Riding Skills) and in that organization’s fundraising efforts.

Nguyen has overcome many obstacles since arriving in the United States at age 16 and has been recognized by his peers and professors as a born leader who is proactive and strategic in thinking. His future goal is to become a bank manager.

The Alan M. Graff Scholarship was created in honor of banker Alan M. Graff, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and passed away that same year. The earnings from this endowed scholarship are awarded annually to a young person who is enrolled in a South Dakota public university and desires a career in banking in South Dakota.

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