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Scholarship Fund

LAWA believes that education is the key to a bright future. In 2003, we established a College Scholarship Fund for higher education.

In 2008, LAWA felt the need to expand the scholarship program to support funding for Lao American women who seek the opportunity and financial resources to develop or update their skills in order to better compete in the job market. So, we have created a Vocational Training/ GED scholarship for women to reward and encourage those that  show commitment and determination to advance themselves. We award our annual Scholarship each year at our annual Mother's Day fundraising banquet.

 Interested applicants who meet the following criterion are encouraged to apply.

To download the college scholarship application, click Here.

College Scholarship applicants should:

    • Be of Lao parentage
    • Reside in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area (VA, MD and D.C.)
    • Be a US citizen or legal resident
    • Be a high school graduate and plan to attend college in the following Fall of that same year
    • Have a GPA of 3.0 or above
    • Have household income of $75,000 or less

To download the vocational training/GED application, click Here.

Vocational Training/ GED scholarship eligibilty:

    • Any LAO American woman, residing in the Washington D.C. Metro area who needs to learn new basic skills to find a job or wishes to learn new skills to obtain work at a higher level by attending a vocational training program or one who wishes to obtain a GED.
    • Have household income of $75,000 or less

LAWA Scholarship Committee is comprised of individuals with high credentials in education and grant making.  Their decision making are independent from LAWA.  We especially want to recognize and thanks each one of our committee for their commitment and contribution in our program for past years until now.

Current LAWA Scholarship Committee :  Dr. Phoumy Sayavong,  Dr. Ruth Krulfeld, Mr. Khammany Mathavongsy Ms. Toon Phapphayboun

In 2008, the recipient of our college Scholarship Fund is Miss Arinna Sengchanh. The amount awarded was $1,000.

2008 LAWA Scholarship Recipient                                                                                                 Arinna Sengchanh.

 

2007 LAWA Scholarship Recipient                                                               

Katherine Phetxumphou




 2004 - Inaugural Recipient
LAWA Scholarship Award

Parisa Souvannavong

Photo - Parisa Souvannavong - 2004 - Inaugural Recipient of the LAWA Scholarship Award - Lao American Women Association
Parisa Souvannavong was born on September 25, 1986 and is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phokham Souvannavong. She resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Parisa attended Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Maryland. She is member of various varsity clubs like Tennis and Reading clubs to name a few. LAWA Scholarship Award will help Parissa in her settling to her new school: Virginia Commonwealth University (VACU).

Her Acceptance Speech:

I am very appreciative and honored to have been the first to receive the Lao American Women Association (LAWA) scholarship. I am most ecstatic when I have the chance to pave the way for others. I have been placed in a similar position where I am also a part of the first graduating class for four years at Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale, Maryland. I am positive that, with time, the scholarship will gain more recognition and amount and I will be happy to contribute in the future.

With that in mind, I would like to share an inspirational quote given to me by my grandmother Na Bounchanh who is also part of the LAWA.

          It's okay to dream.
          It's okay to dream BIG.
          Because dreams come true someday!


Part of my dream has come true. I will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in the fall of 2004. It is also my intent to obtain a tennis scholarship. It is with opportunities such as this where I can make someone else's dream come true. My parents hoped for the best and the best was received.

 
     

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