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.


  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

  051 "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


"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. "       

NAAAP Seattle Scholarships

http://naaapseattle.org/scholarship/ Hurry up and get your applications in. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to one undergraduate, graduate, AND high school applicant. Application is due September 30th, 2016!

HAW Education Award 2016-2017

ATTENTION WASHINGTON HMONG STUDENTS! This year HAW is offering two $500 education awards to two Hmong students enrolled in an accredited college, university, technical or trade school during the 2016-2017 academic school year. One will be awarded to first-year undergraduate students and one will be awarded to a student continuing their education of any school status. *DEADLINE - May 27th, 2016 Please click on the link below for more information. 2016-HAW-Education-Award-Application

WHSA College Night

Western Hmong Student Association is hosting it's annual 'College Night'! Here, college students from Western Washington University will be holding informational sessions for local high school students to help with the transition into college and give more information regarding higher education. The whole program will be from 5 - 7 PM at the Kirkland Heights Apartment Complex. Our Program: - Financial Aid/Loans - Scholarships/Workstudy - Admissions - Community College vs. Transfer vs. Tech School - High School / Running Start, University We can answer any other questions regarding higher education as well! There'll be a FREE RAFFLE for all attendees. Come and you'll get a chance to win some awesome gear! FREE FOOD provided too! COME JOIN US!! For more information or concerns, contact us at westernhsa@gmail.com   https://www.facebook.com/events/1678239289083448/

HAW Education Award 2015-2016

ATTENTION WASHINGTON HMONG STUDENTS! This year HAW is offering three $500 education awards to three Hmong students enrolled in an accredited college, university, technical or trade school during the 2015-2016 academic school year. Two will be awarded to first-year undergraduate students and one will be awarded to a student continuing their education of any school status. *DEADLINE AUG. 28TH, 2015 Please click on the link below for more information. 2015 HAW Education Award Application


ATTENTION WASHINGTON STATE HMONG HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS The deadline to submit your HAW Education Award application is approaching: June 16th 2013 Applications can be found on the links below.   Education In our effort to promote higher education, HAW will be offering a $500 education award for 2013. To qualify you must be a High School senior graduating this summer/fall 2013 and planning on attending a 2 or 4-year college in the next fall/winter quarter. Qualified candidates for the award MUST meet the following requirements: 1) graduating HS in 2013 2) attending a 2 or 4 year college next fall/winter
  •   a letter of acceptance from the college or university is required
  •   a letter of intent to attend college will be acceptable on a case-by-case basis.
3) Complete and submit the HAW Education Award Application by June 16th 2013.

Community Updates: Resources

Reminder to students and parents, there are scholarship opportunities abound: HAW wants to remind you about the College Bound Program. To find out more, visit: www.collegebound.wa.gov Free or low-cost health insurance for their children through age 18 is available through Apple For Kids Health Insurance. To find out more visit: https://www.myapplehealth.org   RISING SEAS The office of Minority Affairs and Diversity at the University of Washington is hosting a conference to encourage and foster the leadership of underrepresented Southeast Asians and other Asian Americans. The event is to be held Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the University of Washington – Seattle Campus To find out more visit: http://depts.washington.edu/reach/events-and-programs/summer-events/rising-seas/

Guaranteed Tuition for Qualifying College-Bound 8th Grade Students

Did you know that the State of Washington will guarantee tuition to a Washington public college or university to any student on the federal free and reduced lunch program — if that student maintains a 2.0 grade point average and does not commit a felony during high school? It’s true. But they have to enroll in the scholarship program by the 8th grade. And the deadline is almost here. It’s called the College Bound Scholarship Program, and our goal is for 100 percent of eligible 8th graders in Seattle to be enrolled in the College Bound Scholarship program by the June 30, 2012 deadline. Last year Mayor Mike McGinn’s office was able to help meet that goal by getting the word out in the community about this incredible opportunity. In fact, last year 42% more kids signed up than in 2010. We need to step up and take responsibility as a city to help our children, especially when many families cannot afford to send their kids to college. Even if you don’t have a child who qualifies, you probably know someone who does. Please share the above information and the following link as widely as possible. Students may apply for the College Bound Scholarship online at: http://hecb.wa.gov/collegebound For more information on this program, download the FAQs document: College Bound Scholarship FAQs

Focus on Education and Youth

Truancy and Delinquency is a problem in our community that has been overlooked for a long time. It is something families do not like to mention outside of the immediate family. Parents feel helpless to control their children. Their children do not listen to the parents. Yet, parents feel uneasy to seek external help. It is a problem that many of us in the community do not want to bring up, but it exists, and it needs to be addressed. It may not be your child, but it is someone’s child. The cultural expectation is to not intrude on a family’s problem unless they ask for help, but they do not ask for help. It has been brought to our attention that there is a need for help in this area. How can we help?