Don and Jan Etnier Hmong Freshman Scholarship

Departments: Admissions Categories: Diversity | New Students
Amount Two awards of $500.
Availability Annually
Eligibility Criteria

Available to incoming freshman Hmong students who have a strong academic record, show potential for success in college and demonstrate financial need.

Candidates must have a minimum of a 25 composite on the ACT (or comparable SAT) AND rank in the top 25% of their graduating class (or GPA of 3.5) to be eligible.

This scholarship is renewable for up to four years, provided the recipient continues to demonstrate academic success and funding is available. Typically a freshman will be chosen in every even numbered year. For example, a freshman will be chosen in 2016, 2018, and 2020 and the scholarship will be renewed for each student for four years.

Application Procedure

To be considered for Incoming Freshman Student Admissions Scholarships, you must first be admitted to the university. Once you are admitted, you must:

  • Go to the Admissions Scholarship page and read through the information in the Apply for Scholarships section.
  • Then you can use the Apply online for scholarships link to complete the Admissions Scholarship application, available on the GOLD for Blugolds Scholarship Network.
Selection Procedure

The Admissions Office will coordinate the selection process, which is highly competitive. Applications will be considered holistically and include a review of the student's high school transcript, test scores, essays, class rank, class rigor, activities/involvement, etc.

Selection Deadline Screening of candidates will begin in December for some early awards and continue through the spring or until awards are accepted.
Notification Scholarship award notices will be sent to scholarship recipients by the beginning of April of the student's senior year. If scholarships are declined, they will be re-awarded to alternates through the summer months. The recipient will be recognized at the Multicultural Banquet in the fall.
Special Notes

Don and Jan Etnier have assisted the Hmong throughout the Chippewa Valley in numerous ways for more than 30 years. Jan was the first tutor for the first Hmong student to graduate from UW-Eau Claire, who went on to become the assistant director of Multicultural Affairs. Their church has sponsored many Hmong families and helped them resettle to the Chippewa Valley.

Don was on the Board of Directors of the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association and was the campaign treasurer for the late Joe Bee Xiong, when he ran for the Assembly in 2004. Jan was on the Christmas Food Committee and persuaded the Salvation Army to provide food that is part of the Hmong diet. The Etniers are true 'volunteers' volunteers'.

Thank You A thank you letter should be written to Jan Etnier and sent in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.