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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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Student Becomes First-Ever Minority, Communication
Major to Receive Piercy Scholarship
MAILED: May 15, 2001

        EAU CLAIRE—Maiknue Moua, a UW-Eau Claire junior from Green Bay, is the first- minority student, as well the first communication major, to receive the George T. and Clayton T. Piercy Memorial Scholarship.
        The $5,500 scholarship is one of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation’s largest and is awarded annually to a student who demonstrates excellence in scholastic and co-curricular achievement. Moua was chosen from among 27 applicants nominated by department chairs.
        The scholarship was established in 1987 by retired Exxon executive George Piercy, who died in 2000, in memory of his late brother Clayton’s involvement with UW-Eau Claire. After he retired from his position as an accountant with General Motors, Clayton Piercy moved to Eau Claire, attended university classes and was active in the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.
        Moua found inspiration from her family to apply for the scholarship. Her parents came to the United States in 1979, following three years spent in refugee camps in Thailand after fleeing their home in Laos.
        “My most significant reason for applying is my father,” Moua wrote in her scholarship application. “The hardships my parents faced when they came to this country gave my father every reason to be a strong believer in education.”
        “My father has always given me support and motivation, as well as encouraged me to challenge myself,” she wrote. “Most importantly, he taught me that nothing is impossible as long as I believe in myself.”
        Moua, who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.82, is a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi, and Mortar Board, a student organization whose membership is based on service, scholarship and leadership. She is also a campus ambassador and a leader in the Eau Claire Hmong Student Association. She has been active as a mentor and resource person to prospective UW-Eau Claire students and their parents, and she was the recipient of the Sally A. Webb Diversity Tuition Scholarship in Organizational Communication. Moua is also a student employee in the UW-Eau Claire chancellor’s office.
        “On paper, (Moua’s) application simply rose to the top of a truly outstanding group of students who had been nominated by department chairs as good candidates for the scholarship,” said Robert Shaw, associate dean of students, whose office made the final selection of the scholarship recipient. “Once you meet and get to know Maiknue, you understand how faculty and others really see her as exceptional.”
        Moua received the award at an honors banquet held April 28 in Davies Center at UW-Eau Claire.

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Updated: May 15, 2001