College of Arts and Sciences

Margaret W. Wong and Cecilia Wong

Two generous alumni have created four awards to support the RISE Program:

Margaret W. Wong ('73) and her sister Cecilia Wong ('73), were born in Hong Kong. They moved to the United States in 1969. Overcoming the language and cultural barriers, they both attended WIU to study biology and foreign languages. Margaret chose law school after graduating, and Cecilia acquired her Master's degree in Comparative Literature and a Master's in Business Administration. Margaret founded Margaret W. Wong & Associates with one desk and no secretary. She specialized in immigration law. Her practice now includes ten attorneys and 35 other staff members with offices in seven major cities in the United States. She has helped thousands of people coming to the United States to become permanent residents, advance their educations, work and pursue opportunities. She has won numerous awards and recognition for her work as an immigration attorney. Among those are the highly coveted Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May 1998, "Super Lawyer", "Best Lawyers in America", Life Member of the Sixth Circuit and Eighth Judicial District of Ohio, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Trailblazer Award and was the College of Arts and Science's Distinguished Alumna in 2014. Cecilia has worked alongside her sister for many years managing the firm's finances. They both exemplify the qualities many Americans admire: a strong work ethic, an entrepreneur's drive, resourcefulness and a compassion for those in need.