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Ivy Hau-Kong Cheng

Ivy Hau-Kong Cheng, was born on January 18, 1953 to a family that immigrated from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 1950. Ivy came to the US in 1971 and completed her bachelor and MBA degrees in Math and Statistics at the University of Maryland.  Ivy passed away in 2018, but her husband and sons continue her passion to support organizations like Elevate Tutoring that empower women/girls to succeed in STEM and higher education.

She worked for the World Bank for 30 years as a Financial Analyst. Through her career she traveled extensively to China, Mongolia, Japan, Russia, and countries in Central and South America, East Europe and Southeast Asia. During these travels, Ivy noticed that some women and girls, especially minorities, in those regions were not receiving the same opportunities in education and career training as others. As a result, she developed a passion for helping those women and girls through established NGO foundations/organizations.

Ivy Cheng Fellows

Ivy Cheng Fellows are first generation, underrepresented female college students who embody the vision of equity and diversity that Ivy fought to ensure.

2022 Fellows


Crystal Ramirez Morales

  • De Anza College

  • Major: Nursing


Fernanda Palacios Martinez

  • San Jose State University

  • Major: Undeclared


Jade Nguyen

  • Mission College

  • Major: Computer Engineering


Paulina Gonzalez

  • San Jose State University

  • Major: English Preparation for Teaching

2021 Fellows


Chloe Tat

  • Santa Clara University

  • Major: Marketing

  • Minor: Japanese


Guadalupe Peralta

  • San Jose State University

  • Psychology


Maily Juarez

  • San Jose State University

  • Major: Mathematics Preparation for Teaching


Montserrat Sanchez Lopez

  • San Jose State University

  • Major: Psychology

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