Wendy Hoang

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Wendy Hoang is a third year student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who is an active leader not only on the university campus but in the surrounding community as well. During her first year, she was nominated as the volunteer service coordinator for her scholarship cohort. She organized service events around campus and the Madison community, such as making meals at the Ronald McDonald House and wrapping gifts with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County. Wendy also sought to create meaningful change in Madison by establishing a high school outreach partnership between her scholarship program and Madison East High School. This event allows high school students to make personal connections with college students. Her goal in this is to show young students that college is attainable and that the university has spaces on campus for students of color and socioeconomically disadvantaged students. By engaging high school students of color with current college students of color, the high schoolers are able to learn about different majors, financial affordability, and what it is really like to be a student of color on a predominantly white college campus.

Rebecca Blank
Chancellor
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Personal Statement

Growing up as a child to refugees, I learned to value my education. My parents always emphasized the importance of school and obtaining a college degree. I grew up knowing the difficulties my parents had because of their language barrier and a lack of schooling, but I also learned the importance of hard work. Despite living in a new country, my parents were able to raise six bright children. Through my own experience as a first generation college student and a person of color in a predominately white city and school, I have adopted the life lessons my parents taught me of perseverance and determination to advocate for other young people of color and disadvantaged students. I want to initiate social change in the community to further include marginalized and underrepresented groups. For the past three years, I've worked with high school students of color, creating an event that allows them to learn about college and UW-Madison from current college students and people of color just like them. In the future, I hope to continue fostering dialogues about racial inequities and promoting the education of young people of color.

Wendy Hoang
Anthropology & Political Science, Certificate in Southeast Asian Studies: Class of 2019
written 2018

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Terrell Saunders, UNC Greensboro Lizbeth Morales, Univeristy of North Texas at Dallas Evelyn Denisse Monreal Pitones, Universidad de Monterrey Mikita Thompson, University of Baltimore Jayda Williams, University of Central Arkansas Madeline Mills, University of Central Florida Kalen Russell, University of Central Oklahoma Liliana Diaz-Solodukhin, University of Denver Krista Smith, University of Florida Mariana Grijalva, University of Houston-Downtown Marvin Slaughter, University of Illinois at Chicago Alix Fisk, University of Kansas Cynthia Corona, University of La Verne Stephanie Milani, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Josue Rivera Valdez, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Faith Boone, University of Miami Anna Maria Genovesi, University of Michigan-Flint Jennifer Mossgraber, University of Missouri - St. Louis Sophie Moon, University of Montana Spencer Whyte, University of Mount Union Cassandra Griffin, University of Nebraska Omaha Daniel Suber, University of North Carolina Asheville Sreevidhya (Vidhya) Balasubramanian, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Katherine Rasmussen, University of North Florida Brittaney Dyer, University of North Georgia Ashley Sánchez, University of Northern Iowa Prathm Juneja, University of Notre Dame Sabine Brown, University of Oklahoma, Tulsa Heidi Lee, University of Pennsylvania Matthew Bell, University of Puget Sound Victoria Stabile, University of Rhode Island Alicia Jiggetts, University of Richmond Josefina Jaramillo, University of San Diego Daizha Green, University of South Carolina Tiana Burgess, University of South Carolina Beaufort Michael Sullivan, University of St Thomas Wendy Hoang, University of Wisconsin - Madison Yoger Aguilar, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Zoe Betancourt, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Sydney Mastey, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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