In the fall of 2006, Chue T. Vang lost his younger brother at the age of 31 due to a medical error. Devastated, Chue wanted to do something to honor his younger brother’s legacy and at the same time contribute back to his community. After a few years of research and consulting with family and friends, Chue identified an educational need in the community and founded the Hmong American Education Fund (HAEF) on March 2nd, 2011. One of the scholarships is named after Chue's younger brother, the Nong Khai Junior Vang Legacy Memorial Schoarship Fund.
Education in the old world was reserved only for elite men, which left the majority of the Hmong population uneducated with low graduation rates. It was not until 1966 that the first Hmong graduated from college with a bachelor degree. Recently, after 35 years in the United States as newer immigrants from Laos, only 11% of the Hmong population in the U.S. holds a bachelors degree (2010 US Census).
HAEF’s mission is to provide educational funding and resources for Hmong-American students, educators, and scholars, in the form of scholarships, grants, and services through a self-sustaining operation built on credibility, trust, community, and business partnerships in the hopes and dreams that our community will be better off when we promote education at the grass root level, and at the same time honor our love ones through giving from one generation to future generations.