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UW-Eau Claire Student from Manitowoc Receives Prestigious Weinstein Scholarship

RELEASED: Aug. 3, 2006

Jue Yang
Jue Yang

EAU CLAIRE — Jue Yang, a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior business student from Manitowoc, has been awarded the Laurence A. and Frances L. Weinstein Scholarship for 2006-07 by the UW System. The Weinstein award pays resident tuition and segregated fees for one academic year.

Dr. Thomas Dock, dean of the UW-Eau Claire College of Business, nominated Yang, who is pursuing an accounting major and management information systems minor.

"I was speechless when I received the e-mail…," said Yang. "It was a great honor to be nominated by the College of Business for the UW System Weinstein Scholarship, but to be chosen was beyond my dreams. This is by far the greatest feeling I have ever had. I am grateful to get this scholarship because then I can cut down my work hours and concentrate on school," Yang said.

Yang, the first Hmong student to receive the Weinstein Scholarship, was born in Laos and spent several years in a refugee camp in Thailand. She had no formal education prior to coming to the United States at age nine, and nobody in her family could read, write or speak English.

"We were introduced to the United States as a land of opportunity," wrote Yang in her application letter. "By age eight, I was already thinking about getting an education. Because of this, I am very determined to achieve my goals. I work hard, commit an immense amount of time to my work and always push myself to go beyond my limits."

Even though she is the oldest of six children and had to juggle constantly between school work and taking care of her siblings, Yang graduated from high school with honors. She also was voted the Most Valuable Player on her high school soccer team. She said her culture is traditionally very skeptical about women participating in sports, and she had to make sure her siblings were well cared for before her parents would approve her participation. But as MVP, she said she likes to think she served as a role model for other young Hmong women interested in participating in sports.

According to Gretchen Hutterli, assistant dean of the UW-Eau Claire College of Business, Yang has continued her record of academic success at UW-Eau Claire and has also participated in numerous work experiences, internships, and co-curricular and community activities. Last spring she completed an internship with Wipfli LLP, a regional accounting firm.

"I just had a feeling she would be selected," said Hutterli, "She has worked very hard for this, and I am so pleased for her. She has a fierce determination to succeed."

The Laurence A. and Frances L. Weinstein Scholarship Program was established in 1986 by University of Wisconsin System Regent Emeritus Laurence Weinstein and his wife, Frances, to recognize outstanding junior or senior minority business students. The award specifies that one scholar will be a UW-Madison business student, and the other scholar will be chosen by the president of the UW System from business students attending other UW System institutions.

The dean's letter stated that in nominating Yang, "the faculty and staff in the College of Business honor the memory of Regent Emeritus Weinstein, who never forgot the importance of higher education to his family, immigrants to this country. Ms. Yang has overcome many obstacles — cultural, language and financial — to pursue her dream of a college education. We believe she exemplifies the type of person Regent Emeritus and Mrs. Weinstein had in mind when they established this scholarship, which keeps educational opportunity alive for Wisconsin minority and economically disadvantaged students."

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