Bonnie Baha Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Vietnam-Born USC Graduate Student Ha Hoang – Pasadena Now

Bonnie Baha (left) and Ha Hoang (right). [Images courtesy of the Pasadena Community Foundation]

The Pasadena Community Foundation announced that Ha Hoang, a sophomore MBA student at USC Marshall School of Business, has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the Foundation’s Bonnie Baha Scholars program.

Through this scholarship, Hoang is expected to receive $11,000 towards his MBA fees.

The Bonnie Baha Memorial Scholarship was established in 2018 by the Baha family. Bonnie was tragically killed on August 21, 2016 when she and her family members were hit by a car while dropping her son off at the University of Virginia for his freshman year of college. Her husband and daughter escaped with non-life-threatening injuries.

Baha was head of global developed credit at DoubleLine Capital LP and considered one of the top corporate credit analysts in the United States at the time, according to Zero Hedge, a well-known financial website. The family resided in San Marino.

This year’s winner, Hoang, was born in Vietnam and graduated with a BA in International Relations from Tufts University in 2018.

“As someone born and raised in Vietnam, I would never have had the opportunity to go to college and later the MBA program in the United States without financial aid,” Hoang said. “Baha’s scholarship gives me more time and space to improve my skills, further my education and increase my career opportunities.”

The is a component fund of the Pasadena Community Foundation (PCF).

PCF oversees and manages the fund and the scholarship application process. The program is open to female students enrolled at the USC Marshall School of Business. The award is given to one recipient each year.

“Ha Hoang was chosen because she fully meets all the criteria for the scholarship: she is an exceptional woman enrolled in a full-time master’s program and interested in pursuing a career in business management”, Ai-Hsien “Allie” Carreón, Program Manager at PCF, says.

At USC, Hoang is a Forté Fellow and holds several leadership positions, including vice president of education at the Marshall Finance Association and vice president of Treks at the Marshall Entrepreneurship and Venture Club. Ha has held several professional positions in the corporate finance and investment industries, and is the co-founder of VietChallenge, a nonprofit accelerator for Vietnamese startups based in Boston, Massachusetts.

“Through this scholarship, Bonnie Baha’s legacy of helping women in finance will live on,” she said. “I am inspired by Baha’s career in finance and his work to build Doubleline into an established asset manager in the country. As the recipient of this scholarship, I look forward to disbursing it to help more women in grass in the field of finance.”

Hoang plans to go into banking full-time after completing his MBA at USC. She said she developed a taste for banking after working in corporate finance and decided to enroll in the full-time MBA program to cultivate her network.

“I interviewed a few bands before deciding that tech coverage is my real interest,” Hoang said. “I am interning at Barclays in their Menlo Park office this summer and intend to return next year full time. The internship provides hands-on experience and further solidifies my interest in banking technology . »

To learn more about the Bonnie Baha Memorial Scholarship Program, visit

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