2017 HAW EDUCATION AWARDS

SCHOLARSHIP

Applications for H.A.W.’s Education Awards are now live!

Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to Hmong students who are a) recent high school graduates or b) college undergraduates and graduates.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS 

  1. Completed HAW Education Award application
  2. Proof of enrollment (copy of acceptance letter to institution and/or a registered class schedule for the 2017 fall quarter/semester
  3. Resume listing academic, work, and volunteering experience
  4. Your response to ONE of the essay questions listed in the application

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE: HAW Education Award 2017 

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY AUGUST 1, 2017. Submit information electronically to HAW Award Committee Chairperson, Zer Vue at sillivue@hotmail.com

 

Past recipients:

Rickey Chang, recipient of 2016 HAW Education Award

 

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Although the HAW Educational Scholarship awarded me a monetary value, the award itself meant much more than that. Winning the HAW Scholarship was my way to show the Hmong community that we can achieve. As a boy, I believed that college was only a dream. It seemed like a story being told that you could always picture but never experience. After years of hard work, I can say that the dream can be experienced, just as I have experienced mine. I would not have been able to achieve these accomplishments without support, such as the HAW Education Award.

Rickey is currently continuing his education at Western Washington University where he plans on graduating in Fall of 2017. He is currently working towards finishing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology. After graduation, he plans on pursuing a nursing career in order to apply his skills to help people in need.

 

Michaela Vue, recipient of 2016 HAW Education Award

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“One of the most important things a community can give to their future generations is educational support and that is exactly what the HAW scholarship is all about.

The scholarship helped pay for my summer internship class with Americorps and their Hunger Campaign across King County. At Western Washington University, summer tuition is less expensive than the school year, but is mostly paid out of the student’s pocket due to depleted funds during the year. Though the internship was paid and I spent the weekends helping my family at the farmer’s markets, the scholarship relieved much of the financial burden I had that summer. 

The internship class that the scholarship helped paid for gave me the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom and in my community. I worked with many low-income families in my hometown of Federal Way where I could make a direct impact to improving their lives. I learned valuable lessons I am continuing to build on. 

I graduated this June with debt lower than the national average of $30,000 thanks to the HAW scholarship. My internship has significantly improved my job selection and made my resume competitive. My work with Western Hmong Student Association and Americorps has reaffirmed my passion for helping minority students attain higher education. I plan to continue this work and serve my community as best I can where ever my career takes me. 

I want to thank my mom, sister, grandma, grandpa, aunts and uncles for their support.”

Michaela graduated from Western Washington University this June 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies, with a focus in Journalism. She minors in both  Public Relations and Internet Resource Creation and Management. She also holds a Content Development certificate.

William Yang, recipient of 2016 HAW Education Award

“The HAW scholarship helped improve my chances of attending college since money was always a problem. Currently, I am not certain of which career path I want to follow, but I am looking to go towards the medical or psychology field. The education that I have received so far has helped me improve my own personal life and to be able to educate people that do not understand some aspects of life such as why people have different behaviors or to just simply explain why people have different perspectives in life. ” 

 

 

 

HAW Elections 2017

Dear Community Members,
Are you interested in being a board member or officer of the Hmong Association of Washington (HAW)? It’s that time of the year again for the HAW elections! HAW invites you and your family to help us select the board of directors and advisers for the next two years. The organization is a collaborative effort from the community; it belongs to all of us. For the organization to grow, we all have to give a helping hand. The organization has progressed in the past years; please come support it for the future.
 
On election day, HAW will recap the past year and also talk about community events in the upcoming year. We hope to see everyone there!
 
What: HAW Board Elections
When: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @1:00PM-3:30PM
Where: Renton Highlands Library
2801 NE 10th ST Renton, WA 98056
*light refreshments will be provided
 
If you’re interested please click on the links below for officer positions and more information on how you can be involved! 
For questions, please contact:
Kabao Xiong
kabaov.xiong@gmail.com
(206)787-2511
Copy of HAW ELECTIONS

That’s a wrap, Summer!

As everyone goes back to school, we’ve still been hard at work planning our Hmong New Year festival coming up in November 2016. Here’s a brief overview on what we’ve been up to the last few months.

HAW Inaugural Picnic 

HAW board members with the Hmong Veterans

HAW board members with the Hmong Veterans

On July 30th, our community got together for a gathering up north in Washington. It’s great to see the community come together to enjoy some great food, fun games, and each other’s company. We even recognized our veterans that fought during the Secret War.

A team having a fun time during the volleyball tournament. Photo by: Summer Thao

A busy and fun day during the volleyball tournament. Photo by: Summer Thao

 


 

SYC + HAW Car Wash

Spiral Youth Club and Hmong Association of Washington came together to collaborate on a Car Wash near Renton, WA. We raised a little over $500 with just a few hands on deck. Good job, everyone!

Even Senator Bob Hasegawa showed up to our car wash! L to R: Jimmy, Zer, Senator Hasegawa, Kabao

Even Senator Bob Hasegawa showed up to our car wash!
L to R: Jimmy, Zer, Senator Hasegawa, Kabao. Photo from: Zer Vue

 

WA Hmong Youth Engagement Survey

Greetings!
With the vast growing population of Hmong youth in the greater-Seattle area, we would greatly appreciate if you could take the Hmong Youth Engagement Survey below.The purpose of this survey is to gather information and data to better understand and meet the needs of the Hmong youth in our community. We hope as a community to provide more resources, opportunities and a voice for the Hmong youth.Participants in the survey must identify as a Hmong person,  be 25 years or younger and live in the state of Washington. We will be giving away two Hmong wooden chains from the project Street Stops and Mountain Tops to participants of the survey. For more information about Street Stops to Mountain Tops, visit http://streetstops.org/.For any questions for concerns, please contact Kabao Xiong at kabaov.xiong@gmail.com.

I’ve invited you to fill out the form WA Hmong Youth Engagement Survey. To fill it out, visit: 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15-xZKVoaku26x3zuRJqV8aLkr0RWc0Mdhxlm77crCVg/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link

Much Appreciated!

King County Library System Immigrant Stories Project

The King County Library System (KCLS) 
Immigrant Stories Project

KCLS is seeking participants willing to share their immigrant experience – personal history, what life was like before arriving to the U.S. and what life is like now. Stories will be audio recorded and will become part of a collection to raise awareness of the diversity of King County’s immigrant population. Stories will be uploaded to a KCLS YouTube channel for public listening and presented through special programming.

Please contact if you or someone you know is:
-An immigrant at least 18 years old
-Have conversational English skills
-Are willing to give KCLS permission to audio record your story and take photos of you

Selected storytellers will receive a $25 gift card and a copy of their audio story on CD.

Interested? Contact:

Jo Anderson Cavinta
Diversity Services Coordinator
King County Library System

425.369.3454
jacavinta@kcls.org
KCLS Service Center
960 Newport Way NW
Issaquah, WA 98027

 

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King County Immigrant and Refugee Task Force Questionnaire

King County Immigrant and Refugee Task Force is partnering up with the community members to help gain insights and perspectives on how King County can best meet the current and future needs of the community. It is important that we raise our concerns, however big or small, because our community does have needs for support. The more voices we have in this effort, the more the Hmong community is visible. If you are Hmong and reside in King County of Washington and would like to partake, please look through these questionnaires and provide your answers to the best of your ability. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tsengyang Vang (tsengyangvang@gmail.com) for more information.

Please click on the link below for the questionnaire (available in Hmong and English).

Hmong KC Community Questions_English

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*Please submit the questionnaire to Tsengyang Vang via PO Box or email.

HAW, PO Box 14492, Seattle, WA 98114 or tsengyangvang@gmail.com

40 Voices: We Are Hmong

We had the privilege of working on a special project title, “40 Voices: We are Hmong” for the Seattle Hmong New Year 2015.

“40 Voices: We Are Hmong” was created to capture the journey, stories, and the voices of the Hmong community in the Northwest. As we celebrate our “40 Years in America” we encourage the community to engage and share our struggles and stories but most importantly our hopes and dreams.

The three questions asked of the participants are as follow:
1. What doe it mean to be Hmong?
2. What do you appreciate about the Hmong culture?
3. What would you like to see improve in the Hmong community in the future?

Some videos are Hmong speaking only and if you do not understand Hmong, the transcriptions for the people speaking Hmong are under the description on the youtube channel.

Please watch, share, and enjoy!

“Only together can we learn and grow as a community.”