Hlub Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity that offer monetary scholarships to Hmong and refugee students in middle school, high school, and college to promote giving and to illicit motivation for higher education. Hlub Foundation is organized exclusively for charity and educational purposes. All members of Hlub Foundation are volunteers.
Hlub Foundation is founded by Leng Lee. Motivated by the "Leadership and Culture: A Community Empowerment Institute" training offered by DHS and Great Lakes ATTC.
Creation of the Heart
Hlubfoundation.com is registered and created. Non-profit status filed.
The development of board, committee, and advisory members. Meet our team.
The Start of Giving
Sponsors, donations, reaching out to the community.
Through donors, Hlub Foundation provides the following monetary scholarships to support education for Hmong and refugee students. Applications are accepted annually from Sept. 1st through Nov. 30th. Award letters are sent out on February 1st.
Awards come directly from our generous donors, who financially contributed to make the scholarships available. We thank you for your kindness and your positive contribution to the community. Past donors.
Please read FAQs section before submitting a question.
Mai Vue - Plover
8th Grade - Benjamin Franklin Jr.High Cumulative GPA: 3.872
I am Mai Vue and I live in Plover, Wisconsin. Growing up, I didn't
have much friends since I was shy and quiet, neither did I have a
distinct character. Middle school was the year of change thanks to all
of my seventh grade teachers. My English Teacher in particular; Mr.
Weisbrod. He made me fall in love with English. English is my favorite
subject and it is what I wish to pursue in the future. Some of my
favorite hobbies include singing, dancing, writing, and crafting.
Since elementary, I have come out of my shell. With all the challenges
and events that I faced, it has shaped me into a leader, independent,
superficial and sycophant person.
Nhia Her - Milwaukee
12th Grade - Hmong American Peace Academy Cumulative GPA: 3.83
Nhia was born in Laos in 1998. His family became refugees and fled to Thailand in 2004. Nhia came to the United States in December 2010 with his family of seven. He is a senior at Hmong American Peace Academy, where he is a part time National Guard reservist. When Nhia has free time, he enjoys drawing, reading novels, and spending time with his family. He is friendly and approachable to anyone who talks to him. His goal is to become the first, if not, the second in his family to graduate from college and be able to financially support his family. He plans to pursue a career in Law Enforcement at UW-Milwaukee.
Rose Pa Ying Lee - Madison
Undergraduate - UW-Madison Cumulative GPA: 3.75
My name is Rose Pa Ying Lee. I am a Hmong American student currently attending the University of Wisconsin Madison (UW-Madison) double majoring in Neurobiology and Psychology with a certificate in Criminal Justice. I plan to go to Medical School to specialize in pathology/forensic science because it is a dream of mine to become a Medical Examiner/Forensic Pathologist. Being the oldest child out of our family, as well as the oldest cousin out of many, I am conditioned to academically perform well and model leadership, determination, courage, confidence, and positivity. If there is any advice I would give a student is that, apply for as many scholarships as possible. I am blessed to be attending UW-Madison on a full tuition scholarship. In addition to that, I earned more than enough scholarships to pay off my housing bills. Every person has the opportunity to go to college for free. Work hard and never give up. You can do it!
Biak Tial - Milwaukee
7th Grade - St. Roman Parish School Cumulative GPA: 3.99
My name is Biak Tial and I am a 7th grader from St. Roman Parish School. I was born in Burma and came to America at the age of 4. Going to school is one of my favorite things to do because when I go there, I can laugh, learn, play, and interact with friends. I'm involved in many school activities such as Student Council, Scholastic Challenge, and playing volleyball. Outside of school, I like to play my ukulele and sing. I'm not good at many things but school is one thing I'm very good at and I feel very accomplished in life because of school.
May June Paw- Milwaukee
12th Grade - Milwaukee High School of Arts Cumulative GPA: 3.6
My name is May June Paw. I was born in Mae Ra Moe Refugee camp in Thailand. I moved to America in March 2012. I’m currently enrolled in Milwaukee High School of the Arts. My major is Orchestra and I play viola. I’m planning to attend college after I graduate. I’m interesting in becoming an attorney because I want to help those, especially refugees and immigrants, who do not understand the rules and regulations in the United States. I’m also interested in studying Political Science and Pre-Law in college.
Edumakono Zetho - Milwaukee
Undergraduate - MATC Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Since 1996, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC; Congo) has been embroiled in violence that has killed as many as 6 million people. Today, most of the fighting is taking place in North and South Kivu, on the DRC/Rwanda border, where Mr. Zetho came from. Some fighting is political, resulting from unrest caused by Hutu refugees from the Rwandan genocide now living in DRC, while other fighting results from an international demand for natural resources. DRC has large quantities of gold, copper, diamonds, and coltan (a mineral used in cell phones), which many parties desire to control for monetary reasons. However, money from the sales of these resources has not reached average citizens. Currently the education, healthcare, legal, and road systems are in shambles.
Zetho, Edumakono was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on March 15th 1989. During this war, his father, two sisters, and a brother was murdered. In 1996, Zetho’s family fled in a Refugee Camp in Tanzania, where he worked as children right advocator and conducted awareness campaigns and trainings on peace building and behavioral changes to refugee youth and children and helped refugee children to voice out their traumatic experiences concerning physical and sexual abuse during the war.
In 2012 Zetho, Edumakono, a born and university trained social worker was resettled by Catholic Charities. Once he moved in the USA, he applied internship with Catholic Charities. He has built professional relationships with local Milwaukee companies and enjoys working with people of diverse backgrounds, especially refugees. He really understands the challenges and barriers refugees faced in their unique situations. He is passionate about helping other refugees achieve self-sufficiency and thrive in their new homes. Two years later, he was officially hired by Migration and Refugee Program at Catholic Charities, where he works as a Refugee Case Manager.
Middle School Applicant Judge
I am a 3rd grade teacher at Hmong American
Peace Academy. I graduated from the University
of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 with a Bachelor’s
Degree in Educational Science and a minor in
Asian American Studies. I have been teaching for
four years now. I enjoy laughing with my scholars,
reading, and watching Korean and Thai dramas.
I volunteered to be a judge for the Hlub
Foundation Scholarships because I wanted to give
back to the Asian American community, and learn
about some of the challenges students
face. Growing up Hmong American in a traditional
Hmong family had its challenges. As the first
daughter attending college, I had no idea how to
apply, pay for school, and what to major in. Being
a part of this foundation has allowed me to gain
insight about the next generation of students. As
a judge, the best part was learning about these
students as individuals because each one had a
unique story to share.
High School Applicant Judge
I am passionate about education because I believe that it is a doorway to opportunities and success! As a young hmong refugee, I also grew up in a low income family. I understood that my parents were not going to be able to pay for college, so I worked hard in high school to get straight A’s and also applied for scholarships! I was able to participate in the PEOPLE Program and received a full-tuition scholarship to UW-Madison where I graduated with a BA in English and a minor in East Asian Studies and Teaching English. I am able to be successful in my educational journey and am able to be where I am now because of the support and financial provision of a scholarship program. Therefore, when I heard about the HLUB Foundation Scholarship, I was really excited and honored to be a judge! I give my full support to scholarship programs! I have experienced the significance that it can make in a student’s educational journey! I can especially relate to students applying to this scholarship because I was also once in the same place as they were. I truly enjoyed reading all of the essays and hearing the stories of every applicant. I hope that our younger generation will continue to dream and strive to achieve their dreams! I want them to know that we fully support them, that there are resources and scholarships available, and for them to make the most of these opportunities given to them!
College Applicant Judge
Michael Nguyen is the Senior Managing Director for Teacher Leadership Development at Teach For America – Milwaukee. His team is responsible for onboarding, training and supporting corps members throughout the two-year experience. Specifically, Mike oversees the two programming teams responsible for the development of the 7-week summer institute training program as well as professional development programming for corps members during their two-year commitment. Previously, Michael was Assistant Principal at St. Anthony Middle School. Michael started his career in education as a 2009 TFA-Milwaukee corps member and is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He also holds an M.Ed. from Marquette University and state licensure in Education Administration and Curriculum and Instruction from Alverno College.